As part of our series featuring local groups and organizations who work to serve the Aspen community, we felt it was pertinent to honor an organization that does much to encourage the young people in and around Aspen. Aspen Junior Golf was started in the late-1980s to make sure every child interested in the game of golf would have access to equipment, instruction, and green time. The organization began with just 20 participating juniors and now reaches more than 375 youths each season.
The program is, as they word it, “designed to administer programs that facilitate mentor ship, emotional and intellectual development and the importance of striving for excellence in both academics and sports.” Examples of some of the programs and services offered by Aspen Junior Golf include:
- Providing golf equipment for children who need it
- Access to a practice facility, including a driving range, putting green, bunker and chipping area seven days a week
- Skills challenge days
- Discounted golfing fees
- Golf clinics
- After school programs
Aspen Junior Golf is also dedicated to other youth-oriented programs and charities. This is evident in the fact that they’ve donated more than $600,000 to those causes over the past 22 years.