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Bulldogs’ home away from home

April 5, 2013

 

Squire Creek, located in Choudrant, is a private golf course where the Bulldog golf team plays. – Submitted photo

DEVIN KING
Sports Reporter

 

Everybody does not get the opportunity to play, let alone practice, at a nationally renowned golf course like Squire Creek.

 

Yet, the likes of professional golfers Bubba Watson, John Daly and David Toms along with former President George W. Bush have all had the privilege of playing at least a round of golf at Squire Creek Country Club.

 

It also serves as a home and the main practice facility for the Tech golf team.

 

“Squire Creek is unbelievable; it is in whole other class from other golf courses,” said freshman golfer Victor Lane. “It is a treat to play there everyday, and it is a privilege to have it as our home course.”

 

Squire Creek is located in Choudrant, which offers different amenities like golf, tennis, dining, swimming and a country club with over 40,000 square feet.

 

When Squire Creek golf course first opened, it was ranked the No. 5 best new private golf course in the country.

 

It has been ranked several times as the best golf course in the state and is currently ranked 109th in Golf Week magazine’s best courses in the country.

 

The golf course is par 72 and was founded by James Davison of Ruston in 2002 as a tradition for the game of golf.

 

“I think it is a laidback atmosphere here at the club and we treat every day as if it is the same,” Brad Pullin, Squire Creek’s director of golf and head golf pro. “You get the same golf course you do on Saturday on Monday.”

 

Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff Parks could not agree more with the recognition this golf course is receiving and the benefits of tools it offers, like 3D motion analysis and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) screening, to the Louisiana Tech golf team.

 

“Squire Creek, in my opinion, is the best course in Louisiana and their practice facilities are incredible,” Parks said.

 

The Bulldogs have been going there since 2002, and Pullin is proud to have the Bulldogs there.

 

“It is great to have the Tech players out here. They have high-character guys,” Pullin said. “It is good to have a great facility for them to practice at.”

 

Louisiana Tech typically plays or practices every day except Tuesdays at Squire Creek.

 

“Squire Creek is very challenging and demands good shots and a great short game. Playing and practicing there is one of the keys to our success,” said Parks.

 

This private course, normally open only to members, hosted the 2005 Western Athletic Conference golf championship, and the Bulldogs are excited about the opportunity to practice there.

 

“Squire Creek is a good golf course and always in good condition,” Lane said.

 

In 2015, the course will host the USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur.

 

“This is huge for us to host the 2015 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur,” Pullen said. “It is huge because we will become the second golf course in the state to ever host a USGA and it is exciting to bring a national event to this area.”

 

“The opportunity our Bulldogs have been given is something everybody cannot experience and we are honored about it. It’s an honor because it is one of the best courses in the country,” Parks said. “The players are receiving valuable knowledge on how to play a championship golf course and how to putt on very demanding greens.”

 

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