This summer 5th graders can golf for free at all three City of Fort Collins Golf Courses. Collindale, Southridge and City Park Nine will offer free green fees to all current 5th graders. Children currently enrolled as 5th graders (2016/2017 school year) qualify for the offer. The offer was created to help increase exposure to the game of golf while increasing golf rounds played by children. The offer will be active from June 1 to August 31 and is available for non-primetime tee times. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult golf partner who is actively playing a round of golf with the child.
The idea was inspired by Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th grade Passport Program. The program offers free lift tickets at various resorts to 5th graders. The City of Fort Collins liked the idea of offering a positive activity for children during the summer months when school is out of session. Director of Parks, Mike Calhoon is interested in growing the game of golf and seeing more kids on the golf course, “The more kids we introduce to golf now the better off the game will be in 5, 10, 15 years. I hope the community takes advantage of this offer and we see an increase in youth golfers this summer.” By increasing access to the game of golf, the City hopes to create new golfers. Mr. Calhoon believes that the game of golf can provide many benefits to children, “The game of golf can be played for many years. Once a child realizes how much fun the game is they’ll likely be a golfer for life.” Another goal of the project is to provide adults an opportunity to share the game with children. The City felt it was important to require an “adult playing partner.” Adult golfers can mentor and teach children about the game while sharing valuable time with them on the course.
For more information please visit fcgov.com/golf or 970.221.6300.