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Here We Grow Again

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As the winter months bear down bringing chilly temperatures and snow-covered fairways across much of the nation, golf in Arizona is starting to heat up. Locals and out-of-towners alike flock to their favorite course between the months of December and early May – Arizona’s peak golfing season – to enjoy a round of golf in the Sonoran Desert and maybe card an elusive birdie or two.

Golf course operators across the Valley have been very optimistic early in the 2012/2013 golf season with higher demand and fuller tee sheets as compared to this time last year. What’s most encouraging, though, is the state of junior golf in the Valley and those looking to take up the sport for the first time. One of the biggest proponents of junior golf in Arizona is The First Tee of Phoenix, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf learning facilities for young people in Maricopa County from all walks of life, particularly those who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play. In order to accommodate demands, The First Tee of Phoenix has been and will continue to expand at an impressive rate.

Since October 2012 and continuing through the end of 2013 The First Tee of Phoenix will add a total of six new affiliate sites including all five of the City of Phoenix golf courses. By year-end 2013, The First Tee of Phoenix will have a total of 11 programming locations here in the Valley including sites at South Mountain, Desert Mirage, Papago, Longbow, Falcon Dunes, Lone Tree, Cave Creek Golf Club, Encanto, Palo Verde, Maryvale and Aguila with the ability of helping more than 100,000 Valley youth learn valuable life skills through the game of golf. The affiliate sites at each of the courses are community driven with volunteer assistance coming from the Men’s and Women’s Clubs at each course as well as the surrounding community.

For those interesting in becoming a First Tee Volunteer please call 602.305.7655. The First Tee of Phoenix is open to all youth ages 7-17 at a modest cost of $60 per year.