After an unbelievable golf season in 2020, the Golf Range Association of America has selected Forest Creek for three distinguished awards: Top 50 Public Range Facility, Top Range Renovation, and Jeff Lyle, PGA assistant golf professional at Forest Creek as one of the Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals. This marks the second consecutive year that Forest Creek has landed in the Top 50 Public Range Category.
“Our progress in the last four years – through the coordinated efforts of the City of Round Rock and KemperSports – is simply amazing,” said Jeff Dayton, general manager at Forest Creek. “Forest Creek Golf Club has become a golf destination for many golfers in Central Texas and one of the best public golf experiences in our market.”
Forest Creek is owned by the City and managed by KemperSports. A $5.1 million renovation project was completed in October 2018.
The club’s latest accolades are:
- Top 50 Public Range Facility – The range at Forest Creek Golf Club features an 8,000 square foot tif-eagle putting green, expansive short game area with practice bunker, and a large, 48 space teeing ground, complete with an artificial tee line for certain occasions. The practice facility is lit with LED lighting, allowing the early birds to warm-up prior to play and the night owls to practice after the Texas sun has set for the day. The club incorporates well-defined targets and uses top quality Callaway range balls.
- America Range Renovation Award – Forest Creek Golf Club completed an overhaul of the practice facility in 2018, resulting in a larger range field (completely surrounded by netting), a more expansive natural grass teeing ground and more defined target greens and yardages. The club also installed an artificial tee line at the back of the grass that can accommodate up to 36 golfers and added a bunker at the end of the tee for fairway bunker practice. Additionally, Forest Creek’s new LED lighting makes it the only golf course that has a lit range in the area. Forest Creek uses two ball dispensers and provides the highest quality Callaway range balls.
- Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional – Jeff Lyle, PGA, was selected as a member of this select group of teaching professionals around the country. Jeff’s passion for instruction is evident and, with his team of professionals, he has created the Forest Creek Junior Academy. This academy currently consists of over 75 junior golfers. He also conducts three other weekly clinics, in addition to many private lessons. A PGA member for over 10 years, Jeff is a consummate professional and is truly deserving of this recognition.
“It is a great honor to be chosen as a 2020 Golf Range Association of America Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional,” Lyle said. “2020 has provided us many challenges to say the least, but it has also offered a golf renaissance of sorts, as one of few activities that can be safely enjoyed amidst a worldwide pandemic. I am thankful for those who have either discovered, or rediscovered the game of golf. It has enhanced my ability to follow my greatest passion, which is to help others better understand, play, and enjoy the greatest game on Earth.”