The University of Texas men’s golf team is currently No. 6 in the country; the women are No. 18. Those rankings could get better in the coming years. Why? The ultimate recruiting tool: A short-game course designed with Jordan Spieth’s help.

OK. This may not be the ultimate recruiting tool (D-I football has shown bags of cash work well in that regard).

Incoming students will no doubt be wowed by the the Spieth Lower 40 (“Forty Acres” is a colloquial reference to UT’s campus as a whole). Built on 4.5 acres, the Lower 40 is a six-hole par-3 course.

Roy Bechtol, designer of the University of Texas championship course, assisted with the project, but Spieth had a hand in everything from layout, to contouring, to green positions.

The six holes range from 80 to 125 yards in length. Greens are between 2,800 and 4,000 square feet. The course features four different grasses.

And as you can see from this photo and video (courtesy of the University of Texas), the Lower 40 looks like a damn good time.


The course is slated for a soft opening in September. Here’s hoping GolfWRX lands an invite to Austin.

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