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David Toms 265 Golf Academy Preview

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Hidden along the automall area in Shreveport, behind what may just appear to be some trees, is the building of a dream come true.

About a year ago we started clearing this property. I'm sure they have the time line, but it wasn't that long ago, to see all.. I'm sure these people in these apartments are wondering what in the world's going on (laughter) but it's been fun every step of the way

the academy will have memberships and day rates, but it will also have frequent free clinics so anyone can take part.

Our whole academy is run through my foundation, so we're not in it to be making money.if we do make any money it'll go right back in to the facility

now, will you be able to drive up and buy a bucket of balls? no

the 265 academy will be a place players "work" on their games, in a way that also makes the experience, enjoyable.

 They might not have time for a 4-5 hour round of golf but come out and in a couple of hours you'll be able to practice with every club in your bag, every shot. you'll be able to come play three real solid holes if you want to, multiple times if you want and then go over and play the par three course, it would take you walking maybe 30-35 minutes to play.

 Toms himself will practice here, but the academy will be geared to every type of player looking to improve.

 This part of 265 is what I like to call the "tour experience." what we have here is a practice putting green here behind us

as you can see it's right in the middle of all these cedar trees. You can get back here (pan) you won't even know where you are. Certainly won't know you're in Shreveport and you won't see all the traffic out on Bert nouns or anything. very secluded back here.

 Most players face several shots during a round they are unable to actually practice, until now, such as hitting out of a fairway bunker.

 You're standing here hitting balls out, we have three target greens in a row out on the range and this little feature right here, we created a lip in the middle of the bunker so you could practice getting a ball over a lip.

You can sit here and hit woods out of this bunker.. Hit hybrids, 3, 4 irons, wedges and start to really learn how to hit bunker shots.

Toms has another bunker which will allow players to practice every type of lie, like above or below the feet, for long or short shots.

Having played golf my whole life I've probably seen just about every shot, I'm not sure that we don't have everything that you can practice out here.

Toms takes great pride that he and his staff, including superintendent Scott Tolar have created an experience which has utilized every inch of its 60 acres, with a purpose.

We have some great targets. In fact I'd like to walk you over there and show you some of our driving corridors, you know, the whole idea is you don't just have a big wide open range, though our range is big, we have some trees out there and we're going to cut fairway corridors all through it so you'll actually have the experience of trying to get a tee shot in the fairway rather than just keeping it out of the trees or whatever

that I was talking about with corridors here is, to me I see three driving corridors.

But if you really want to work on your game you'd hit a ball down this right corridor, between these... There's another corridor straight and then here another corridor going down the left side of this.

Players will have a "fairway cut" through most of the facility which will have a main driving range, again, unlike any other.

 It's uh.. it's real big. You know, I didn't want that whole, you walk out to the range and it's nothing but dirt,..you don't have a place to hit, can't find any grass

this range is 140 yards across and more than 50 yards deep.

Somebody asked me one day how big it was I said well, if you sit on the 50 yard line at tiger stadium and looked down at everything that's green, that's how big that tee is.

No end zones. No end zones. Scott said he already had the stencil for the eye of the tiger and during football season we're going to put it in the middle (laughs). sorry for all the razorback fans who might want to come down.they can just hit on the side. They don't have to hit in the middle. Or they might want to

if the grass grows the way all involved hope it will, then the 265 academy should be open early in football season.

We've had a lot of help from a lot of people that have sacrificed and helped us get to this point, but we're not in the end zone yet, so we still have a ways to go. I think we're in the red zone maybe (laughs) (we're in the red zone maybe but we still have a ways to go. And it'll be very unique.

 And for toms, one more "major" accomplishment.

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