The Ransom Short Course
"We designed a course with the highest level of practice variety that is beyond the typical driving range and short game area." - Tripp Davis
The Ransom Course is a four-hole loop practice course on 11 acres that is part of the golf facility for the University of Oklahoma golf teams. The practice course features 15 bunkers and four different green styles - a Perry Maxwell green, an A.W. Tillinghast green featuring Tillinghast's signature bunker styles, a pushed-up Donald Ross green and a Seth Raynor green. The greens are Pure Distinction bent grass, the fairways are Latitude 36 Bermuda, the tees are Zeon Zoysia and Latitude 36, and the rough is Astro Bermuda.
The Ransom Course takes practice to another level with holes that can be played as a par three, par two or par four from a wide combination of distances and angles. Players can practice their 100 yards or less shots from approaching bunkers and multiple fairway angles around the four greens. "The key is giving players the ability to practice in a realistic environment and experience real on-course situations," said Davis. "Having played college golf and being part of a National Championship Team here at OU in the 1980's, I am fortunate to have a unique insight into the college game and how golf teams come together to practice. Eliminating any barriers to how a golf course can be set up to mimic what players may find at any golf course around the country, and eliminating any barriers to how they can practice, is what is of value to a college golf program. We are achieving that at Oklahoma."
The Ransom Course is named in honor of OU alumnus Jerry Ransom who began playing golf as a college student at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course. He is the main project donor and a long-time OU golf program supporter.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) selected the University of Oklahoma as one of the host sites for the 2017 and 2020 Men's Regional Golf Championships and a 2019 Women's Golf Regional Championship venue. The University of Oklahoma is the home of the 2018 and 1989 Men's Golf NCAA Division I Champions. The OU Women's Golf program has won six Team Conference Titles.
The project broke ground in September 2016 and construction was completed in the fall of 2017. The official opening dedication ceremony was held on May 11, 2018.
Ransom Short Course Dedication (May 11, 2018)
(L to R): Charlie Snyder (OU Chip In Club), Grant Hirschman (OU Men's Golf Team), Joe Castiglione (OU Vice President and Director of Athletics), Ryan Hybl (OU Men's Golf Head Coach), Jerry Ransom (OU alumnus and main project donor), Tripp Davis, Julienne Soo (OU Women's Golf Team) and Veronica Drouin-Luttrell (OU Women's Golf Head Coach).