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Special edition - August 2002




Course rating

Colbert honored by governor

Gourlay brings Scottish heritage to course

Partnering with Parview for 'Eye in Sky'

Signature Sanctuary Certification

T&L Golf Magazine's top 10 college courses



Golf course management program

Student interns

Student chapter of GCSAA first in Kansas



Academy named after Earl Woods

Earl Woods National Academy

Curriculum for academy

Learning life skills through golf

Making golf accessible to all




Grasses at Colbert Hills

Living laboratory





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Colbert Hills Golf Course

Manhattan, Kan.


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Colbert Hills Golf Course



golf course - far view looks like a cat's paw

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Hole No. 5 -- Cat Paw Bunker -- at Colbert Hills.


Kansas State University alumnus and Senior PGA TOUR pro Jim Colbert had long dreamed of giving back to the two entities that had greatly contributed to his success -- K-State and the PGA TOUR.

That dream has become a reality with the opening of Colbert Hills Golf Course, an 18-hole PGA TOUR-caliber championship course, located just northwest of Manhattan, Kan.

Situated on 315 acres, the Colbert Hills Golf Course extends 7,525 yards from the back tees and includes a temporary clubhouse, state-of-the art driving range and enough acreage for a nine-hole teaching course, as well as a host of research and academic opportunities for K-State researchers and students.

Financing for Colbert Hills was provided by private contributions, including $500,000 from Colbert and more than $3 million from special friends of the golfer. Additionally, the John Deere Company furnished new equipment, Rain Bird contributed state-of-the-art irrigation systems and Club Car is providing golf carts.

The course, which is owned by the not-for-profit Kansas State University Golf Course Management and Research Foundation, is open to the general public at a daily fee.

Course architects were Jim Colbert and Jeff Brauer, president of GolfScapes Inc. in Arlington, Texas.