When our Foundation was first established, a vision to build facilities called Junior Golf Lands was on the forefront. These facilities were intially 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 forward a partnership blossomed between The First Tee and the SCJGF. With similar visions in mind, facilities have been designed 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.
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 Spartanburg: opened spring 2003
• First Tee of Greenville: opened summer 2005
• First Tee of Greater Charleston: opened fall 2007
• First Tee of Aiken: opened winter 2010
• First Tee of Florence
Designed to give kids a clubhouse of their own…Hootie Huts create some “ownership” for children at Junior Golf Lands and First Tee Facilities throughout the state. Each clubhouse serves as a place for youth to have a sense of belonging. Other than the purpose of relaxation, these clubhouses are set up for program registration and instruction. Some even have video access to teach the rules and etiquette of golf. Each clubhouse is designed differently, but each share common themes. Furthermore, each Hootie Hut serves as a reminder to the contributions and excellence Hootie and the Blowfish and the Monday After the Masters Pro-Am have given to junior golf in South Carolina. Each Hut is filled with recognition of the band and their accomplishments!
• Both Columbia Locations