THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Anyone wanting to sharpen their golf skills or even learn to play is in luck with a special program offered at Davis & Elkins College’s unique Seybolt Golf Academy.
Named in honor of D&E alumnus Dick Seybolt, the indoor facility allows golfers to master their short game, even during the winter. The Academy course includes seven different grass heights, a sand trap and tough putts. A computer-controlled golf simulator provides the challenge of playing on six of the world’s renowned championship courses. The facility is located in Martin Field House on the D&E campus.
“It’s an indoor facility where people can come in and hit golf balls, and it shows them where the balls are going. It’s a screen, and it has been down for awhile and it’s back up working and we want to let the public know that it’s going to be open again,” said D&E head golf coach Ed Lothes.
“The public can call me and make reservations and use it for the next couple of months, Monday through Friday, from 6-10 p.m., for $20 an hour,” Lothes said.
“There are a lot of people in this area that have asked me about it in the past,” he said. “There are a lot of people in this area that play golf that go south, like to Myrtle Beach for a week, and they like to come up here (and practice) because they haven’t got to play for a month or two or whatever.”
The Seybolt Golf Academy will be open to the community through March, although it will be closed for one week, March 4-12, because the golf team will be participating in a tournament. Season passes can be purchased for $200.
To speak to Lothes to make an appointment, call 304-591-2883. No more than 2 people will be able to use the facility at one time.
An avid golfer, Seybolt was intrigued with the idea of creating an indoor golf academy in a region subject to severe winters. Inspired by former D&E head golf coach Wally Edgell and the student athletes, he offered to provide funds necessary to make their dream a reality. The indoor, year-round ‘golf course’ — unlike anything else in West Virginia — is located on the mezzanine of the restored Martin Field House.