In August of 2006, The First Tee of Essex County was formed through a partnership between the Metropolitan Golf Association, New Jersey PGA and New Jersey State Golf Association. Located at Weequahic Park Golf Course in the heart of Newark’s South Ward, our organization converted a blighted former dumping site into our beautiful Junior Learning Facility to serve the youth of Essex County. This facility is a versatile practice area that can be used for short game instruction, a limited flight driving range and a three-hole short course to introduce youth people to the game and its positive values.
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Students begin at The First Tee in Target Level and that progress through PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle Levels. This past year, Ace Level was created with an emphasis on leadership, community service, game improvement, and career planning.
The First Tee of Essex County has reached hundreds of young people since its founding, with plans for expanded opportunity and programming. Additional participants are recruited from local organizations including:
|TEAM Academy||Boys and Girls Club of Newark||Newark Extended Day School Programs|
|Newark Now||Irvington Housing Authority||USGA/LPGA Girls Golf of Greater Newark|
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, to get more information about individual sign-ups or getting your group enrolled in classes of The First Tee.
Weequahic Park is the oldest public golf course in New Jersey, with the original 9 of its current 18 holes dating to 1913, and is part of the historic Essex County Parks System. Francis Byrne Golf Course in West Orange and Hendricks Field Golf Course in Belleville are two other wonderful public facilities owned and operated by Essex County. The County has been extremely generous in giving our participants access to all of these courses, and our partnership has been critical to the success of our efforts. Please click HERE for additional information on the Essex County courses.