Ferris State Breaks Ground On New Golf Facility


BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for their new golf facility at Katke Golf Course.

The future facility is called the Ken Janke Sr. Golf Learning Center. Ken Janke Sr. was the retired chairman and CEO of the National Association of Investors Corporation, a former golf professional, and an author of four golf books and two books on investment. In connection to the learning center campaign, Ken Sr. co-founded the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, in 1982, with Stan Aldridge, the owner of Indianwood Golf and Country Club, in Lake Orion where the hall of fame was originally located. His son, Ken Janke Jr. and his wife Kelly, donated $500,000 to name the center in honor of him. 

The facility will allow golfers to practice year round with its 7,000 square feet of space that includes state-of-the-art technology. PGA Golf Management Director Aaron Waltz says, “Year round people from the community and the region are welcome to come practice at this facility. We’ll have a club fitting center, we have an indoor chipping, putting greens, heated bays and we’ll have 4 TrackMan simulators in the building. So that allows you to play golf any day of the week.”

It will also be the new permanent home for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

“This is a very important, historic day for Ferris State University,” said FSU President David Eisler.

The new facility will be open in early 2019.

 

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