Zollner Golf Course to remain open during MTI Center construction

Zollner Golf Course will remain open during the construction of Trine University’s new MTI Center, which will be located on the site of the current Witmer Clubhouse.

The pro shop and clubhouse eventually will become part of the new MTI Center, which is scheduled to open in January 2018.

“We are looking forward to new, state-of-the-art facilities in the MTI Center that will allow us to better serve our members, Trine University and the public,” said Noah Warren, head professional at Zollner.

The current clubhouse will be demolished and site work for the MTI Center will begin once Zollner closes for the season on Nov. 1. The course will reopen in March 2017, weather permitting, with the pro shop and clubhouse located in temporary facilities near Trine University’s Hershey Hall for the 2017 season.

As part of the MTI Center construction process, the driving range will be elevated, with enhanced and elevated tee boxes, and a new putting green, banquet facilities, bar and patio will be built.

Established in 1971, Zollner Golf Course hosts about 13,000 rounds of golf for the public each year, and about 20,000 total. Zollner is the home course for the Angola High School girls team, Hamilton High School boys team and Hamilton Middle School co-ed team as well as Trine’s men’s and women’s teams. It also partners with the Steuben County YMCA for a junior golf program.

The course has about 100 members, most of whom live in the Steuben County area.

Zollner Golf Course hosted the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship in 2012, and has been the site of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) golf championships, the Indiana PGA Assistant Championships, Indiana PGA Junior Championships, PGA Player Ability Test Tournaments and Indiana Open qualifiers.

Announced in April, the MTI Center will feature three basketball courts, a six-lane bowling alley and esports facilities as well as the new golf clubhouse and pro shop. The site work for the new center will add more than 100 parking spaces to the existing parking on the west side of Hershey Hall.