Improvements Prepare Birck Complex for 1999 Season

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February 15, 1999

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The upgrades and improvements at Purdue's Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex continue in 1999. After opening the Kampen Course last summer, the Athletic Department improved other facets of the complex over the winter. As a result of the commitment to continuously upgrade facilities, playing rates will be evaluated annually to sustain the improved courses.

"We're excited to have our first golfers of the season," said Devon Brouse, Purdue's director of golf operations. "For the first time, our entire complex will be on line this summer." The practice range (opening May 1999), short game practice area and practice putting green are all new in 1999. "From big improvements like the practice areas, to more subtle changes like landscaping and an improved snack bar menu, golfers will have a great experience on Purdue's campus," added Brouse.

Many of the improvements at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex are designed to help boost the profile of Purdue's intercollegiate golf program. This spring, the Kampen Course will host the Women's Big Ten Championships. Purdue then hosts the Men's Big Ten Championships in 2000. In addition to the Big Ten tournaments, Devon Brouse has landed some other high-profile junior tournaments. "Tournaments like the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifying and the 2000 Western Boy's Junior are great recruiting tools and enhance the reputation of your facilities. The tournaments are also nice building blocks for greater tournament opportunities down the road," said Brouse.

Keeping the courses maintained at a high level will be a challenge. The increased rates for the new season are designed to help Purdue meet that obligation. "We now have one of the best university golf facilities in the country," commented Morgan Burke, Purdue's athletic director. "Ensuring it stays in top condition is our first priority."

The new rates were based on the projected number of rounds and the likely maintenance and operating costs. The rates were also compared with similar Central Indiana courses and golf facilities at other universities, to ensure Purdue's rates were in line. "Our rate philosophy is simple: the golf courses should be fun to play, well maintained and priced reasonably - but still self sufficient," said Burke. "We also have to remember our mission to keep rounds as affordable as possible for students. Because of that, student rates are subsidized to a degree by the general public and staff."

The new rates are effective March 1, 1999 until February 28, 2000. The courses will be open for play as weather permits. For complete rate and tee time information, call the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex at (765) 494-3139.

Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex Rate Summary
Effective March 1, 1999 to February 28, 2000

Season Pass Rates     Ackerman Hills  Kampen
Birck Complex Season Pass  $2,000 (pass for both courses)
Public - Individual        $700       n/a
Public - Senior            $450       n/a
Staff                      $560       n/a
Staff - Retired            $350       n/a
Student                    $350       n/a 

Daily Green Fees Ackerman Hills Kampen Weekends (F - Su) and Holidays Public - 18 Holes $25 $55 Staff - 18 Holes $21 $47 Student - 18 Holes $18 $34

Weekdays (M - Th) Public - 18 Holes $18 $48 Staff - 18 Holes $16 $41 Student - 18 Holes $12 $30

Notes:

1. n/a = not available
2. All Kampen Course rates include a golf cart, which is required. For detailed rates, including spouse, dependent and short season rates, call the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex at (765) 494-3194.