The Omaha, Neb., Parks and Recreation Department has an outstanding idea for growing their junior golf program this summer: Let kids 14 and under play free on the city's four nine-hole courses during weekdays.
Starting May 27, junior golfers ages 14 and under will be able to play for free Monday through Thursday at all city-operated nine-hole courses. And at Westwood Golf Course, the city will provide free balls and tees as well.
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For free golf, each child must attend a half-hour junior golf player certification program, which will go over golf fundamentals, rules and safety. After that, they will receive a junior player's card which will allow them to play all they like.
Omaha has eight municipal course, of which four are participating in the program. Spring Lake is the longest of the four, a par-33 measuring 1,873 yards from the back tees. That includes a unique "road hole," requiring golfers to hit over the street to an elevated green near the clubhouse.
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The other three courses are classic par-3s. In addition to Westwood, Steve Hogan is one of the oldest courses in the state of Nebraska, measuring 1,337 yards. Warren Swigart opened in 1959 and measures 1,239 yards.
Free golf for juniors this summer is just one of the programs available to Omaha residents. For more information, check out the Junior Golf Club of Omaha website.