“First Tee” youth program expands to Springfield Golf Club

March 4, 2014 

  • About Springfield Golf Course

    Opened in 2001, Springfield Golf Course features a classic clubhouse and 18-hole championship course by renowned designer Clyde Johnson, which is recognized among the most challenging in the Charlotte area. Located just minutes from uptown Charlotte in Fort Mill, S.C., the 6,906-yard par 72 course offers a picturesque and testing tract of holes that challenge all levels of golfing ability. The course is operated by Leroy Springs & Co., a nonprofit provider of recreation that also operates the Anne Springs Close Greenway, three other golf courses in Upstate S.C., and Springmaid Mountain, in Spruce Pine, N.C. For information, got to leroysprings.com

    About The First Tee of Charlotte

    The First Tee of Charlotte was established in 2003 to teach children life skills through the game of golf. It is one of 200 chapters of The National First Tee organization. The First Tee program is based on Nine Core Values™ that are taught through the character education program: responsibility, respect, honesty, judgment, courtesy, integrity, confidence, perseverance and sportsmanship. For more information, visit thefirstteecharlotte.org.

FORT MILL The First Tee of Charlotte, a youth development organization that helps build character and promotes healthy choices through the game of golf, has expanded to the Springfield Golf Course in Fort Mill.

Beginning Wednesday, March 5, Springfield will host the first of two five-week sessions that meet once a week after school for golf and classroom instruction teaching core values – from “respect and responsibility” to “confidence and integrity,” organizers said.

“We’re delighted to join forces with First Tee of Charlotte to help elevate the lives of the next generation,” said Tim Patterson, president of Leroy Springs & Co., a non-profit provider of recreation that operates Springfield and three other golf courses in South Carolina. “First Tee teaches strong life skills and gets kids outside for fresh air and fellowship.”

The first session has a few slots remaining and runs through April 2. The second session runs from April 9 through May 22.

Springfield is a picturesque course with stream views, wooded landscapes, and a classic clubhouse that harkens back to traditions of the 1920s and the Golden Age of Architecture in golf.

“Springfield Golf Course is the perfect place for First Tee to expand its reach, and for our young people to embark on a new adventure and learn important skills,” said Ike Grainger, The First Tee of Charlotte’s executive director.

The First Tee of Charlotte recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and expects 1,000 participants in its programs this year. Cost is $35 and participants can register online at thefirstteecharlotte.org.

The organization plans to expand to the Fort Mill Schools and to all 111 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in the 2014-15 school year. It also operates after-school and summer programs at three other locations in addition to Springfield: Charles T. Myers, Sunset Hill and Revolution Park golf courses.

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