When our Foundation was first established, a vision to build facilities called Junior Golf Lands was on the forefront. These facilities were initially construed to be a place where youngsters could could practice their golf games, get together and have some fun while having their own clubhouse called a Hootie Hut* (see below) in honor of the band Hootie and the Blowfish.
A few years later The First Tee program was started and from there a partnership blossomed between The First Tee and the SCJGF. With similar visions in mind, facilities have been designed across the state to introduce all children, regardless of race, creed or financial backgrounds, to learn the game of golf and the life values associated with it. This program has paved the way for more than 30,000 youth to have access to golf across South Carolina.
Junior Golf Land / The First Tee Facts:
Junior Golf Lands and First Tee Facilities are built from funds from the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation and the National First Tee Program. Many of The First Tee programs have their own Board of Directors and have become individual non-profit organizations themselves. However, we at the SCJGF believe in their mission of developing young people into tomorrow’s leaders using golf as the vehicle.
Hootie Huts were created to serve as not only a reminder of the generous contribution from Hootie and the Blowfish and Monday After the Masters Pro-Am, but also a place to give kids a clubhouse of their own. Hootie Huts were created for children at Junior Golf Lands and First Tee Facilities throughout the state. Each clubhouse was designed differently, but each share common themes.
Locations of The First Tee facilities across S.C. (and links to their programs):
- Columbia Junior Golf Land @ Riverside: opened 1995
- First Tee of Columbia: opened 2002
- First Tee of The Upstate: Merged Spartanburg and Greenville in 2015
- First Tee of Greater Charleston: opened fall 2007
- First Tee of Aiken: opened winter 2010
- The First Tee of The Grand Strand
- The First Tee of the Lowcountry
Other Funded Programs: