Wichita State announces Braeburn golf course to close Nov. 3

08/19/2014 10:25 AM

08/20/2014 7:43 AM

The golf course at Wichita State University will close Nov. 3, to be replaced over the next few years by buildings of the new Innovation Campus, WSU officials announced Tuesday.

Braeburn golf course was acquired by the university in 1967, officials said, to provide room for future campus expansion.

"We are fortunate that WSU leaders nearly a half century ago recognized the value of banking this land for the future,” said Andrew Schlapp, executive director of the WSU Board of Trustees, in a statement. “It has been wonderful to have it as a golf course. It will be even more valuable to the city and state as a home for innovation and job creation."

Part of the course will remain as a practice facility for university golf teams.

"We are pleased the Hartman Golf Practice facility will continue to be available for our men's and women's golf programs," said Eric Sexton, director of athletics at WSU, in the statement.

Plans for the Innovation Campus call for the demolition of Wheatshocker Apartments this fall and construction of the Experiential Engineering Building in early 2015, the statement said.

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