Athletic Facilities

Golf Facilities Expansion and the Golf Education Center


The planned expansion to the Golf Education Center will add valuable classroom space as well as a 150-seat auditorium for lectures and seminars from special guest speakers and PGA visitors. Since it opened in 1996, the Richard L. Player Center has been the home of Professional Golf Management Program, now named the PGA Golf Management Program, where students and instructors are just steps away from Methodist University’s own 18-hole golf course and practice facility.

The expansion will add 3,640 square feet of space, extending the building to the west, with the majority of the space primarily divided between a second classroom and a new, adjacent lecture hall. The facility will also include a library/student lounge area and a showcase/simulation lab.

The Richard L. Player Center is the gateway to Methodist University’s 6,200-yard, 18-hole golf course and 10-acre practice facility. The practice facilities, which were redesigned in 2004, also include a putting green and eight all-weather hitting bays. Inside, the club house also houses a pro shop, repair shop, conference room, and the offices of all of the golf coaches and PGA Golf Management instructors.

Naming Opportunities are available for the Golf Facilities Expansion, the Golf Education Center and the Golf Course.  Click here for information on how PGM alumni and their friends and family can help support our Golf Facilities Expansion.


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Gene Clayton Tennis Center

Marta and Howard Bullard generously donated $500,000 in honor of longtime Methodist University administrator, coach and faculty member Gene Clayton to name the new facility in his honor. It will be known as the Gene Clayton Tennis Center. The center will give the Professional Tennis Management Program (PTM) and Monarch Tennis a new courtside home. The 3,000-square-foot building will be situated next to the newly renovated tennis courts, with convenient access from the existing parking lot.

The new facility will allow all of the tennis-related programs to have their own central space, with a classroom, tennis pro shop, offices, lobby, locker rooms, and laundry. The center will also be used for tennis seminars, certification events, and student association functions.

Naming Opportunities are available for the Gene Clayton Tennis Center.


MU Dedicates Gene Clayton Tennis Center


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Armstrong Baseball Fieldhouse

The new Armstrong Baseball Fieldhouse will be built behind the home dugout at Armstrong-Shelley Field, with easy access from the parking lot. In addition to providing much-needed amenities for the specific use of the Monarch Baseball program, the brick facility will give the student athletes and coaches a new home.

The best new feature of the Baseball Fieldhouse will be the addition of a locker room and showers for our Monarchs. There will also be new rooms for equipment, laundry and athletic training, and new public restrooms.

Methodist University is pleased to announce that Carolyn and George Armstrong have donated a major gift to Methodist University to build the baseball fieldhouse, which will bear their name.  Other naming opportunities are available within the Armstrong Fieldhouse.


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Softball Fieldhouse

The new Softball Fieldhouse will be a welcome addition to the Monarch Softball program, adding a new dimension to the program and bringing it to the next level. With additional space for athletic training, it will also benefit other athletes, especially those who practice and play at the lower athletic facilities. Upgrades to the softball field are also planned, which include adding new seating and fencing and improving the dugouts.

The new facility will give coaches and players their own space, conveniently close to home plate, as well as a team locker room, storage space, and a lobby area that can be used for special events or as a place for students to study near the field. The building’s rooftop observation deck can be used for a variety of purposes, such as giving fans an elevated view of games, hosting special events, or just enjoying the weather while studying or hanging out.

The athletic training room will be available to all Monarch athletes, and will be manned by the University’s own athletic trainers. The University has six certified athletic trainers on staff, a great advantage at the NCAA Division III level of athletics. In addition, students majoring in athletic training gain valuable experience working with the student athletes and coaches of the University’s athletic programs.

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Soccer Facility, Renovation and Expansion

Methodist University has one of the oldest collegiate soccer programs in the southeast, and these improvements will solidify the program’s reputation and prestige as a top NCAA Division III soccer facility. The improvements will give recruiting an edge against other programs and make current student athletes proud to play Monarch Soccer in such a facility.

The new, covered seating area will replace the current bleacher seats, and will provide 200 permanent stadium seats, allowing spectators to watch games in comfort. Behind the seats, a patio area will stretch along the top of the stadium, dotted with Adirondack chairs and umbrella tables, adding more places to watch a game, or areas for students to socialize and study.

The concession stand will also include new restrooms for the public, conveniently located on the seating side of the field, instead of across the facility in the field house. The addition of lights will make night games a regular event on campus, and the soccer stadium will attract students and soccer families from the community to support the Monarchs.

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Football, Track and Field, and Lacrosse Facility

The improvements to the stadium will give Methodist University a competitive facility in NCAA Division III athletics, with a more collegiate atmosphere on game days. For the new and returning student athletes that the football, track and field, and lacrosse programs bring to Methodist every year, the facility will add to their excitement and athletic experience.

The first floor of the 1,850-square-foot Center will function as the gateway to the stadium. Spectators will walk through a short breezeway before stepping onto a patio built along the top of the stadium seats. A permanent ticket box, concessions, and stadium-sized restroom facilities will also be located on the first floor.

The entire length of the second floor will be a special reception room, complete with a small kitchen. This reception area can be used as an enclosed, air-conditioned, VIP box at athletic events; a showcase spot for visiting prospective student athletes; or for regular meetings against a spectacular backdrop, an elevated view of the 50-yard line. Guests can also walk out from the second floor directly onto a terrace overlooking the field.

A new press box and rooms for home and away coaches will be located on the third floor, below a rooftop balcony for filming events. Outside, there will be additional stadium seats built on the hillside below the Center, with new, wrought iron fencing surrounding the stadium.

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