The Jayhawk Club
THE JAYHAWK CLUB OVERVIEW
The KU Golf Training Facility includes:
• outdoor short-game area
• driving range
• custom indoor short-game area
• seven hitting bays
• simulation room
• locker room
• team lounge
The Jayhawk Club took on its new name in 2016 and was formerly known as Alvamar Country Club. Alvamar was started by Bob Billings with Realtor John McGrew and Mel Anderson. Completed in 1968, The Alvamar Hills Golf Course consisted of the Jayhawk and Quail Creek nine-hole courses. These courses were the very ﬁrst in the world constructed with zoysia grass fairways.
Alvamar grew to 36 holes with its 18-hole Championship Course and 18-hole Member’s Course. The Championship Course at Alvamar hosted a number of signiﬁcant championships over the years, including the Kansas Open, the USGA Women’s Public Links Championship, the Big Eight & Big 12 Championships and numerous Kansas Golf Association and Midwest Section PGA Championships.
In December of 2016, Alvamar became fully private and major renovations began. In February 2017, Alvamar ofﬁcially became The Jayhawk Club. The remodeled clubhouse opened in May of 2017 and progress continues on other portions of the new development.
The Jayhawk Club features 27 unique holes of golf. Characterized by ﬂowing Zoysia grass fairways and bent grass greens, the parkland-style course is known for its unique combination of playability and tests of skill. The course and practice range are currently under renovation, but 18 holes have remained open for play.
The award-winning course features sloping terrain and tree-lined fairways. The dynamic greens make The Jayhawk Club’s 27 holes fun for beginners and experienced golfers. The zoysia grass fairways are known for their playability throughout the hot Kansas summers, making The Jayhawk Club’s golf course playable for much of the year.
Knapheide Family Practice Facility
The Kansas golf programs have called the Knapheide Family Practice Facility at Lawrence's Alvamar Golf Club home since 2008 and exciting changes are in the works. The Jayhawks, in partnership with the Williams Education Fund and Treanor Architects, have started the process of raising funds to make the facility nearly five times larger with even more all-weather amenities to help Kansas student-athletes develop their abilities and reach their full potential.
The current practice facility includes four heated hitting bays, one with a V1 video system featuring Trackman radar launch monitoring system to monitor mechanics and track the flight of the ball. The bays are part of a climate-controlled facility that allows the Kansas golfers to hit balls out into the driving range at Alvamar Golf Club, regardless of the season.
Plans call for expanding the facility to more than 5,000 square feet, adding team lounges and locker rooms for both the men's and women's teams. The largest addition to the facility will be an indoor chipping and putting area, allowing golfers to fine tune their short game throughout the year. Coach's offices, a kitchenette, storage and club repair, and a training room will also be added to the facility.