Hilton Head Island is one of the only stops on the PGA Tour without
a First Tee program, a program that teaches children the game of golf.
However, in just a few months, that will change.
On Tuesday night, the official launch and fundraising kickoff for
the First Tee of the Lowcountry will be held.
The program has to raise about $1.5 million to build a facility,
and that includes some operational cost for the first year.
A lot of people came out on Tuesday afternoon in support of this
program, including two professional golfers: Charlie Beljian and James Han.
The First Tee of the Lowcountry facility will be located on 13
acres of land across from the Boys and Girls Club on Gum Tree Road. The
facility will be just for youth, teaching them the game of golf and other important
The facility will include a 6-hole par-3 course, two driving
ranges and a pro shop.
"Golf is in the Lowcountry's DNA or in Hilton Head's DNA," said
Mike Davis from the First Tee of the Lowcountry. "We have a lot of facilities
here that should be assessable to all kids and we want to make sure that all
children get a chance to participate. We think it's a valuable program. We think
it's going to teach a lot of life lessons and life skills, and we're all
The facility will be named after Joseph B. Fraser, Jr., who is
credited with bringing the RBC Heritage PGA Tournament to the island. Fraser
passed away last month after working hard to make this happen.
The program will use a temporary facility until the new one is
built. The program is hoping to start construction in the next couple of
They're eying the end of
next fall for the grand opening.