UM takes another swing at golf clubhouse approval

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
The U-M Golf Course clubhouse is on the south side of Stadium Boulevard, across from the Crisler Center.

It will be round two for Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett and the University of Regents when the proposed $15 million U-M Golf Course clubhouse design is discussed at the upcoming meeting this week.

The Regents originally voted to approve the project during the May meeting with three Regents abstaining. But then the three opted to vote against approval. It was decided the discussion would be tabled and is now on Thursday's meeting schedule, according to the Regents agenda released Monday.

Hackett submitted another letter this month to the Regents requesting approval of a revised budget and the design for what would be a 23,000-square foot clubhouse. The existing clubhouse was built in 1950 and is outdated. The original request was for approval of a $12 million design, but that total expanded to $15 million, all of which would come from athletic department resources. The new budget also includes adjustments to holes 1 and 10, some grade changes and relocated parking.

The only other athletics-related item on the Regents agenda regards the university's other golf course, Radrick Farms. Hackett has requested they approve honoring the course's designers, Pete and Alice Dye, calling them "two of the greatest golf course architects of all time." Hackett wants to name the driveway the "Pete Dye Driveway" and the clubhouse entry circle would be the "Alice O'Neal Dye Circle." This is the 50th year of operation for Radrick.