AURORA -- Club Walden recently announced a renovation and expansion of its driving range. The new range is set to open to members in mid-July.

According to managing partner Rob Rosencrans, the renovation is much needed for the country club because the original range only had artificial tee lines and limited space.

"To better serve members with a new range, our goal was to create a larger surface area with less damage and more natural turf," he said.

Walden hired nationally known golf architect Mike Nuzzo. After surveying the land, he found an underutilized parking lot and decided to turn the land from low to high rent use of dollars per square foot.

"We tried a different number of configurations and this was the best arrangement," said Nuzzo. So he came up with a 90-degree double space range where one range will be utilized only on weekends and the other on weekdays.

Nuzzo was able to make the range accessible from 90 degrees. "Not only is this new layout expanding the range and turning a low function area to a high functioning area, but it is giving the tee time to recover by switching the use of each side of the range," said Rosencrans.

Club Walden pro Mitch Camp added, "The club basically had 2,000 square feet of natural grass to hit off of from its inception, and that could not be maintained properly.

"We were able to find a way by hitting in two directions to give members 35,000 square feet of bent grass so they can work on their game. We looked differently at the problem and took a wooded, non-used space and made it a feature. By hitting in two directions, we can now use the entire range versus one side."

Walden's driving range is for member use only, but for more information pertaining to membership opportunities, area residents should visit or call Heather Thoman at 330-995-3104.