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Ferrum College Opens Par 3 Golf Course

9/21/2012

Called Panther Hills, the par 3 course will serve the campus and community.

Ferrum, Va. (Sept. 20, 2012) – Ferrum College officials cut the ribbon today on Panther Hills, a new par 3 golf course located on the Ferrum College campus just off Old Ferrum Road.  The course will be used by the golf team but will also be open to faculty, staff and the public. There is no fee to play.

“It’s not Augusta,” joked Jay Prillaman, manager of grounds.  “This was an idea that came from three of our summer work-study students. We’ve all worked together on it in our spare time and created something fun for the college and community.”

Prillaman credits students Josh Motto, Brad Weston and Will Covington for coming up with the idea and then carving out the course. The three worked with the buildings and grounds department over the summer.  They were trimming weeds around the already established driving range and thought the six-acre site was perfect for a par 3 course.  With Prillaman’s permission and help, they created a course complete with tee boxes, greens, and signage.

“I always wanted to build a golf course.  This one has room for improvement, but we’re happy with what we created here,” laughed Prillaman, who says students and staff have already been using the facility.

Prillaman says the group will transplant plugs of Bermuda grass from other athletic fields on campus and hopes to create more traditional greens by the end of summer 2013.  The current greens are “putt-able” but rough enough that the traditional four-inch hole has been replaced with a submerged five-gallon bucket.  The larger hole creates what Prillaman calls “an even trade-off.”

Shortly after the ribbon cutting, local golfers paid five dollars each to tee off for the inaugural Panther Open.  Proceeds from the five-dollar entry fee will go to Bikes for Tykes, a Franklin County based charity that provides bicycles for children.

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See additional photos here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCcvhiF

Watch the WDBJ 7 story about how Panther Hills came to exist: http://ow.ly/dTYEc