Mosholu Golf Course and Driving Range
On Friday, September 28, 2001, the license to operate Mosholu Golf Course and Driving Range was obtained by the First Tee of Metropolitan New York ("FTMNY").
The FTMNY is a joint venture of the Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation, the Met PGA Junior Golf Association, and The First Tee. All of these groups are charitable non-profit golf organizations dedicated to serving the game of golf and using golf as a vehicle to make a positive impact on the lives of young people. The MGA Foundation is the charitable arm of the MGA, the nationís second oldest golf organization. The Met PGA is widely regarded as the top section of the PGA of America and The First Tee is a national organization supporting more then 100 junior golf facilities around the country. FTMNY is the initial chapter of the national First Tee in Metropolitan New York.
At Mosholu, which is a New York City Parks property, the FTMNY plans to use the 9-hole golf course, driving range and practice areas as a "golf learning center" for minority and underprivileged young people. In addition to teaching young people how to play golf, "life skills" programs will instill in young people the valuable lessons of honesty, respect, goal setting and responsibility that golf teaches.
The junior golf initiatives will be focused on weekdays and "off-peak" hours so that public golfers will still have ready access to the golf course and all the facilities at Mosholu. FTMNY is committed to improving the recreational golf experience for everyone that comes to Mosholu. To that end, the organization plans to make significant improvements to the condition and playability of the golf course, as well as the overall practice and clubhouse facilities.
The FTMNY will work with young people from the local Bronx community and throughout the Metropolitan Area. The organization will reach out to public schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, P.A.L., and other community groups, as well as the City Parks Foundationís Junior Golf Program, as sources of young people to involve in their initiatives.