Colts installing golf greens in front of training center

August 2, 2010
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What’s with all the dirt and bulldozers at the 56th Street Colts complex on Indianapolis’ northwest side?

It’s the construction of a couple of putting greens.

Putting greens? What do those have to do with football?

The players need a place to relax during down time, of course. What better way to relax than working on your short game. The greens can also be used for youth clinics and other events, explained Colts Senior Vice President Pete Ward.

Naturally, quarterback Peyton Manning would like to see his teammates in the film room rather than on the putting green. Sources close to the team said Manning is concerned the putting greens could be a distraction to players. Luckily, there are no such distractions in Anderson where the Colts opened up training camp this week.

The putting greens are only part of the project. The work at the Colts training complex is part of an extensive ongoing plan to expand and improve the 25-year old facility.

The current phase includes landscaping improvements including expansion of retention ponds and drainage improvements. Previously, the Colts expanded and improved the football training areas, coaches’ and administrative offices, meeting rooms and other areas. In the near future the lobby will be renovated and expanded and possibly another expansion of the football area will be done.

The current earth work in front of the facility also will help with drainage at Eagle Creek Park across 56th Street and at the youth soccer facility next door to the west. There will also be landscape features that will enhance the facility's appearance. The current phase (including the golf greens) is set to be done in October.

“It will definitely look more attractive than it has in the last 25 years,” Ward said. “I think people passing by or visiting the complex will notice a pretty big difference.”

  • Beautification
    I'm go scrape me off an area out front of my salvage yard here an make me a puttin' range too. Everyone in the hood invited. Won't be smooth though....can't swing the dollars fo fancy grass. Lost my job at Fisher Guide a few years back and got the poor man blues.
  • Who Cares?
    Who really cares what Manning thinks. Give us all a break....What? Manning now runs decisions off the field? Please REMEMBER Colts...It takes more than Manning to bring home the bacon!!! When is mthe rest of the team going to wake up to that. I hope soon, just maybe we can bring the bacon home.
  • Manning is the most important player on and off the field and when he speaks players and coaches listen. that is why it is important and why we care.
    • You Do The Math!
      1 ring - 12-14 years = 7-8% Is that worth $80 Million? Give me Brady, a much better investment.
      Guess Irsey (another piece of work) can save his money on the head coach since Manning calls all the shots according to your theory.
        Irsay let go a whole bunch of people including some friends of mine a few years back. All making 30-40K a year. He said budget trouble was reason. He's making millions. And now he builds a golf course. Polian had to have a fit. This is a joke. He better NOT ask the city for any money now. He CAN NOT cry poverty any more. Even with a strike. If you have money to open a ice cream store on monon and NOW put a golf course in, then you have TOO MUCH money!
      • Putting Greens?
        Go ahead - do whatever it takes to make it more expensive to attend a Colts game.
      • Contradiction
        @Hoosier. You contradict yourself when you say that it takes more than Manning to "bring home the bacon" in one post and then compare him to Brady in the next. It's well known that Brady had the better team around him in the early years when he was winning 3 Super Bowls. Brady and the Pats are a shell of their former self after the 08 injury and internal issues. Maybe Brady and the Pats work through it, but maybe they don't.

        Additionally, Manning's investment has paid off hugely for Irsay. The team has sold out for 7-8 consecutive years, has a shiny new stadium and will host a Super Bowl all because of Manning.

        Not to mention that Brady was never a choice to begin with as he's been under contract with the Patriots his entire career.

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