Join us in celebrating the grand opening of the Highland Springs Golf Driving Range...
Join us in celebrating the grand opening of the Highland
Springs Golf Driving Range and Short Course presented by the First Tee of the
Quad Cities. On Tuesday, June 12th at 10:30am the Mayor, City
Officials, the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department, and youth involved
in the First Tee program will cut the ribbon and take a ceremonial first tee
practice facility renovation project, made possible by funding from the First Tee of the Quad Cities,
allows expanded junior
golf programming and will provide a better overall practice experience for all
users. Todd Winter, Assistant Director, says, "The
upgraded driving range will offer everyday range users five target greens and
fairways to aim for and a 50 yard short game practice hole complete with
practice sand trap.”
The project will include five
target greens on the driving range to simulate a “real-course” feel that will
double as a short-course for the First Tee students to use for the player
assessment portion of the First Tee curriculum. There will be a 60 yard
chipping hole with practice sand bunker and two large putting greens located
adjacent to the first and tenth tees.
First Tee is a golf program designed to introduce youth to the game of golf through
golf and life skill instruction through the First Tee Nine Core Values:
Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility,
Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgement. The First Tee program at Highland
Springs gives youth of all backgrounds access to the game of golf and the life
skills that the sport teaches. Throughout the summer of 2017 over 175 children
from Rock Island Parks and Recreation day camp, Martin Luther King Center day
camp, Boys and Girls Club, and more have participated in the program at
Highland Springs. In 2018 the First Tee Program at Highland Springs is expected
to increase and reach over 200 students.
Highland Springs Driving Range is the
area’s best grass range open to the public. The Driving Range is open seven
days a week from 6:00 am to one hour before dark, weather depending. Thursday
mornings the range opens at 11:00 am and will be closed periodically for use by
the First Tee Quad Cities junior golf program. Range tokens are $7.00 for a
large bucket. Season specials include a
Driving Range Punch Pass of 12 large buckets for the price of 10, and Driving
Range Happy Hour on Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm is Two for One Range Buckets.
Golf lessons are available on the range from PGA Professional Jeff LaRue.
Lesson schedule is available at www.rigov.org/highland.
Highland Springs is located
in southwest Rock Island at 9500 35th Street West. Call (309)732-PARS
(7277) to set up a tee time or for more information.