Phil Mickelson To Design High-Tech Golf Facility at University of San Diego

Purcell Family Short-Game Practice Facility
A rendering of the Purcell Family Short-Game Practice Facility at the University of San Diego. (Courtesy: USD Athletics)

University of San Diego’s Athletic Director Bill McGillis announced on Monday that Phil Mickelson has been contracted to design its new $2 million golf training facility.

Located on the San Diego campus, the Purcell Family Short-Game Practice Facility will feature a natural turf short-game area, measuring over one-acre, and include a putting green, practice bunkers, fairway and rough area, allowing players to practice every shot in the bag.

“As a result of the generosity of the Purcell family, and a strong commitment from the University of San Diego, I could not be more thrilled to be designing a state-of-the art on-campus golf practice facility for the Toreros,” said Phil Mickelson via a release.

“The University of San Diego holds a special place in the hearts of the Mickelson family, and I’m excited to partner with (head coach Chris) Riley in developing something truly special for the young men in the USD program.”

Named after Paul M. Purcell, a San Diego alumnus and Board of Trustees member, who donated a $2-million gift for the construction of the practice facility.

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Phil Mickelson talks to Zach Johnson on the 10th hole during Day 1 of Practice ahead of the 103rd PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course on May 17, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – PGAA via Getty Images)

The construction plans have been presented to the City of San Diego’s planners, and are under review. Upon approval, development and construction will begin immediately.

Additionally, a 3,000-square foot clubhouse will be built and include a team locker room, lounge, indoor/outdoor hospitality space, coach’s offices, storage, study and conference areas, as well as a hitting bay and golf lab fit with “cutting-edge technology and equipment.”

“This was years in the making, and I am thrilled that the day has finally come for USD Golf to have all the tools to compete at the highest level,” said Riley.

“Our family is honored to give back to institutions that are very important to us — USD and the game of golf,” said Purcell.

“Our hope is this facility will advance the mission of USD, not just to compete at the top levels of the NCAA, but also make the entire community better through the game of golf.”

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