Ray Richards’ Legacy Endures

Under a new arrangement, UND Men’s Golf could benefit from the sale of University land once used as Ray Richards’ Golf Course to help endow the program, which has been operating on private fundraising the past two years. Fundraising efforts for the next phase of UND’s High Performance Center (below) also could be aided by selling off the property. Image courtesy of North Dakota Athletics.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

That’s the vision University leaders have for 70-plus acres of UND land just south of the main campus known formerly as Ray Richards Golf Course.

Later this month, the University will seek authorization from the State Board of Higher Education to sell the course and possibly other smaller tracts of land held by the school. Proceeds from the sales could then be used to help endow UND’s men’s golf program, which has been operating with private funds the past two seasons, and spur private investment for the second phase of the UND High Performance Center (HPC 2).

In May, the State Board approved language that allowed up to $8 million from the sale of UND land to be used in fundraising for the estimated $35-million HPC 2, which would add much-needed locker rooms, office space and other athletics enhancements to UND’s existing indoor practice facility (HPC 1).

The arrangement is possible thanks, in large part, to a donation of land to the University made 56 years ago by Ray Richards, the late UND alumnus and Tulsa, Okla., petroleum engineer. Richards worked with the UND Alumni Association to turn the land around his family homestead into a nine-hole golf course – a longtime place of recreation for UND students and the community.

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