The Jerry Pate Golf Center
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The Jerry Pate Golf Center at the Olí Colony Golf Complex provides the University of Alabama womenís golf team with one of the best practice and playing facilities in collegiate golf. The Pate Golf Center is a private facility that is only utilized by the Alabama golf teams. The Pate Golf Center provides plenty of space for both the menís and womenís teams with the ability to conduct full practice sessions during inclement weather. It has six indoor hitting bays and two indoor putting surfaces. The Pate Golf Center is also equipped with state-of-the-art teaching tools, including the V1 Swing Analysis System and Trackman, which aides the coaching staff in ball flight analysis using doppler radar and club fitting. The locker rooms inside the Pate Golf Center have tour-sized lockers and all of the amenities while the lounge area includes comfortable seating and a large-screen television.
The Olí Colony Golf Course was named one of the ďTop 5 Best New Public Courses in AmericaĒ by Golf Digest in 2001 and Golfweek named it one of the top 50 municipal courses in America in 2010. The Jerry Pate-designed course is considered one of the best public courses in the nation. Itís a test for even the most advanced golfer with large bunkers, mature trees and numerous water hazards, including a 25-arce lake that challenges almost every shot.
The practice range at the Pate Golf Center, which already provides the Crimson Tide golfers all of the practice components and tools needed to develop, recently finished an expansion and renovation. The practice facility includes a full practice range, putting greens, a chipping area and practice bunkers. The Jerry Pate Golf Center recently has added a new putting green with an expanded chipping and hitting area. The new chipping and hitting areas are complete with new bunkers and practice tees that allow players to hit their own golf balls up to 200 yards into six new target greens.
The center, named after the course's designer and former Crimson Tide golfer Jerry Pate, is a $1 million dollar project funded by the Alabama Golf Charities, a non-profit 501(c3) organization headed by Mike Thompson. The course is considered one of the best public courses in the nation and was designed to be a test to even the best of golfers with large bunkers, mature trees and numerous water hazards; including a 25-acre lake on the course that is a challenge on almost every shot.
A native of Macon, Ga., Jerry Pate was one of the finest golfers in collegiate history. A member of the University of Alabama golf team from 1972-75, Pate's amazing amateur career led to an immediately successful professional career. The 1974 U.S. Amateur Champion, Pate also gained international experience as an amateur as a member of victorious United States teams at the Walker Cup and the Eisenhower Trophy. In 1975, Pate was the low amateur at the U.S. Open.
After the conclusion of his senior season at Alabama, Pate turned professional in 1975 when he won medalist honors at the 1975 PGA Tour Qualifying School. He was an immediate success on the professional tour, winning the 1976 U.S. Open, his only major championship victory, and the 1976 Canadian Open. That performance earned Pate recognition as the PGA's Rookie of the Year and Co-Player of the Year. Six more PGA Tour victories followed between 1977 and 1982, as well as several other titles internationally. In 1981 he was a member of a United States' winning Ryder Cup team.
From Birmingham, going west to Tuscaloosa on I-20/59, take the McFarland Boulevard exit (which is also referred to as Highway 82 West) and proceed through approximately seven traffic lights on Highway 82, before crossing one bridge. After crossing the bridge, take the right turn lane/Rice Mine Road exit. Turn left on Rice Mine Road. Turn left at the next traffic light on to North Ridge Road. Stay on North Ridge Road until this road ends at another traffic light. Turn left on Ole Colony Road. The golf course will be on the left side of the road. The street address for Ol' Colony Golf Course is 401 Old Colony Road, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35406.