The Mack and Jonnie Day Golf Practice Facility opened in the fall of 2010 and serves as the epicenter of player development for members of the Tennessee men’s and women’s golf programs.
Made possible by a generous, leadership gift from the Day family of Palm City, Florida, the 28-acre, $4.5 million facility is one of the finest in the nation.
The practice course, which sits alongside the banks of the Tennessee River, includes three practice holes, a driving range and pitching and putting areas. It was designed by the Greg Norman Golf Design Group.
The Day practice facility also serves as one of UT’s Turfgrass Research Centers.
Hole No. 1 - Par 4, 450 yards maximum length. Green surrounded by three bunkers with an 11,000 square-foot putting surface. Also doubles as a pitching green from in front of the No. 2 tee, with shots ranging from 60-100 yards.
Hole No. 2 - Par 3, 120 yards maximum length. Severely sloped green from back to front has a 10,000 square-foot putting surface. Also guarded by three bunkers.
Hole No. 3 - Par 4, 430 yards maximum length. Signature hole along the banks of the Tennessee River. Plays to a narrow fairway that slopes from right to left, with a bunker in play down the right-hand side. Severely sloped green has a 10,000 square-foot putting surface that also doubles as another chipping area with a variety of outstanding bunker shots.
Putting Green - 11,000 square feet, designed with a great deal of slope on one side of the green while being relatively flat on the other side.
Chipping/Pitching Green - 10,600 square feet, designed with numerous uneven lies in mind. Also includes two practice bunkers.
Practice Tee - 100 yards by 50 yards (approximately the size of a regulation football field).
Grass - 419 Bermuda fairways and A-1 Bentgrass greens, with three of the newest varieties of A-1 Bentgrass on the market today. The sand used is the same type Augusta National Golf Club uses in its bunkers.