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Colbert Hills Clubhouse

Part of a World-Class Collegiate Golf Facility.

It was April 30, 2000, that golfing celebrities Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Annika Sorenstam and Deb Richard joined their host, K-Stater Jim Colbert, for the opening drives, chips and putts on the Colbert Hills Golf Course.

For the last decade, all that was missing at the course has been a clubhouse that would match the pristine beauty of the 7,525-yard golfing design that meanders through 315 acres of flowing Flint Hills landscape on the northwest edge of Manhattan.

That all changed in 2010 when a stylish $5.5 million facility was dedicated to complete Colbert's "world class golf course" vision.

"It's humbling to have my name on a course like this," said Colbert, who personally designed the layout of the $11 million golf facility. "It was a golf course designer's dream because the (Jack) Vanier family said, 'Here's 1,000 acres of freedom. Go design your golf course.' That's unheard of in the golfing industry. There were 14 holes that any decent golfer could identify, so the challenge was to fit in the other four holes within the design so people wouldn't know which four they were."

While the course carries his name, Colbert emphasizes, "This is not my course. It's the golf course of the university and it's a public course to any golfer who would like to play it. There's a perception that the course is private, but it's not private at all."

Adding the 13,400 square foot clubhouse, plus the 2,000 square feet of outdoor patio space, is the final piece to Colbert's golfing masterpiece.

The new clubhouse is 13,400 square feet with 2,000 square feet of outdoor patio space. The clubhouse includes amenities such as administrative office space for the Colbert Hills staff and K-State golf coaches, locker rooms for the K-State golf teams, a pro shop, a bar and grill, a multipurpose area and a conference area named the Founders Room.

In addition, trophy cases in the entrance proudly proclaim the successes for the Wildcat golf program, and Colbert's professional career, which includes 28 total titles earned on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

The clubhouse began construction in August 2008 and was funded entirely by private donors, resulting in a $5.5 million public facility.

Colbert Hills has been the home to both the K-State men's and women's golf programs since it opened. It also has assisted in providing many educational opportunities to K-State students through the golf course management program offered by the College of Agriculture.

The clubhouse is just part of a world-class collegiate golf facility. The Colbert Hills Golf Course is recognized as Kansas' premier public golf layout by Golf Digest, while Golf & Leisure and Maximum Golf have recognized Colbert Hills as one of the top 100 golf values in the United States.

The K-State Fieldhouse Development Indoor Facility was officially dedicated on October 14, 2007. The programs opened the 1,344 square-foot, all-weather practice facility with a ribbon cutting and open house.

The facility includes three all-weather hitting bays, an indoor putting surface and a hitting bay with cutting-edge video technology. The hitting bays allow for up to six golfers at a time to hit full shots onto the driving range, while the video technology records the swings and provides instant feedback and insight for swing improvements.

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Quick Facts

Groundbreaking: August, 2008
Dedication: May 8, 2010
Contractor: Coonrod and Associates Construction
Designer: Gossen Livingston Architecture
Square Feet: 13,400
Cost: $5,500,000

It completes the dream. It's been 10 years in coming, but the wait is definitely worth it. It's just a beautiful facility. In no way does it seem like we opened the course 10 years ago, but it truly is a course that I have tremendous pride in. 

K-State Alum and PGA Tour Legend Jim Colbert