Maridoe Golf Club Opens Gates, Mean Green Golf’s New Home
World-Class Course In Carrollton Home For North Texas Golf Programs
CARROLLTON, Texas – The new home for North Texas’ men’s and women’s golf programs, Maridoe Golf Club, opened Saturday, July 22, for member play.
The opening concludes a process of more than two years to construct Maridoe, situatated in Carrollton. Maridoe will eventually house both the men’s and women’s golf programs for the Mean Green with permanent facilities under design and construction expected to commence in 2017/18.
The North Texas golf programs have access to a world-class facility to practice and host tournaments, the first in the spring of 2018. A fully-dedicated practice facility, complete with a two-ended driving range to account for many varying wind conditions, a sprawling three-acre short game retreat and indoor facilities with state-of-the-art hitting bays will provide tools the programs have not yet had at their disposal.
Golf course designer Steve Smyers created a course that promises a strong challenge.
The first major event at Maridoe is the U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier on August 7. The course is scheduled to host several United States Golf Association and Texas Golf Association events in the future.
What They’re Saying:
Men’s golf head coach Brad Stracke:
“The golf programs at North Texas are very fortunate to call Maridoe home. I am very thankful to our administration, donors and the Albert Huddleston family for giving our program a facility that we can honestly say is unequalled in college golf. The range and short game facilities are phenomenal. Our team’s overall short game was ranked in the top 16 by Golfstat last year and Maridoe was an integral part in our improvement. I’m excited knowing our teams’ playing and practicing at Maridoe will have a positive impact on our performance this year. Maridoe is one of the premier courses in the country.”
Women’s golf head coach Michael Akers:
"We are extremely thrilled to have a world-class facility at the Maridoe Golf Club for our current and future student-athletes to utilize. It has already made a huge impact on recruiting. Our program is positioned to make a move to NCAA postseason play in a very short span of time. We cannot thank the Albert Huddleston family enough for this incredible opportunity. The staff at Maridoe treat us like gold. We feel welcome every time we go out to practice and play. Personally this facility is a huge reason why I moved to UNT. The first time I saw the facility I knew it was special. My goal is to build a nationally competitive program here at North Texas."
Men’s Golfer Ian Snyman:
“Maridoe is as good as it gets. I have never been at a golf club where I can practice such a variety of golf shots. You can really be creative out there. Maridoe really transformed my short game over the past year. Coach made us practice these nearly impossible short game shots and after a while, you start changing impossible to it’s possible. The golf course is very challenging and you need all aspects of your game to be sharp. Now other courses seem less challenging and up for the taking. I look forward to spending many hours out there sharpening my game.”
Women’s Golfer Lauren Cox:
“I am very excited for Maridoe to have opened. Maridoe has the best practice facilities in the area and the golf club is fantastic. I am so excited to be a part of the Mean Green golf team during this growth. Our team had the chance to play nine of the holes this past year and we saw what an amazing and challenging course it is going to be. I think having Maridoe as our home course will strengthen our games and will be a huge advantage for us this season.”