The following is a press release from the City of Denver:
Willis Case Golf Course, in conjunction with First Tee Denver and GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America) hosted an innovative environmental education outreach event that used the golf course
as an environmental learning lab. Willis Case Superintendent, Steve Schommer, welcomed 45 fifth graders from
Centennial Elementary nearby for the First Green event, Tuesday, Sept. 28th. Students went through stations and
learned Cool Tools on the Green, Plants and the Environment, Soils, Golf Course Operations, and Seeds and
Landscape Plants. Students even got to plant and take home their own pot of grass to water and grow. In
addition, there were also two stations where students were able to hit golf balls and putt to get introduced to the
game by First Tee Denver. Denver Golf plans to host more of these kinds of events to promote growth of the
game and expose kids to the golf industry.
The First Green Program focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) principles where students get
hands-on learning opportunities in a real-life setting. First Green curriculum benefits students in middle school to 12th
grade by helping them apply their classroom knowledge in an outdoor setting. To learn more about First Green visit
First Green is a program of the GCSAA Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America (GCSAA), which is the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf
courses in the United States and worldwide. The association provides education, information, and representation to nearly 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. Learn more at www.GCSAA.org.
The Denver Golf portfolio includes eight diverse and distinctive locations scattered throughout the Denver Metro area. We offer everything from urban golf settings to a true Colorado mountain golf experience at affordable prices. In addition to outstanding course conditions, our friendly and helpful guest service ambassadors will provide you with an enjoyable customer experience. No matter where you live in Denver, you will find one of our outstanding courses close to you.
First Tee – Denver is Denver Golf’s nonprofit arm devoted to helping Colorado kids succeed in life. We use golf as a tool to teach life lessons that we wrap around nine core values. These values help them become positive citizens who are poised for success on and off the course. We bring together kids of all ages and from all walks of life so they can learn about golf and build positive character traits. Golf is the gateway to teach kids about life skills in fun and engaging ways.