Some creative work-study students have transformed the driving range at Ferrum College into a par-3 golf course. What used to be half cow pasture/ half driving range has been expanded into something the entire community can use for free. A special celebration will be held Friday afternoon.
“They came up with the idea of having a par-3 course and basically they took the bull by the horns and ran with it”, said Jay Prillaman, an organizer. And, the students did so on the cheap. They bought $2 flags from the campus bookstore. They used a little CVP pipe here and there and Bermuda grass--.for a total price tag of $250-bucks!!!
We spoke with Bradley Weston a work-study student. “Basically we started out with a couple of lawn mowers and just started cutting the greens, the fairways, and the tee boxes. And we had to start off with stakes in the ground where you see the flag poles there,” he said
The Bermuda grass is a bit rough so it'll be replaced by smoother Fescue grass later. Since the grass is rough right now, one foot wide buckets are used on the holes to compensate. The students say they're proud to contribute not only to the college but also to the entire community.
“I love it and to be one of the ones who created it, I think it's great,” said Josh Motto, a work-study student.