First Tee Returns for Spring Junior Golf Lessons at Ironwood Golf Course


The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department welcomes the spring session of junior golf classes at Ironwood Golf Course, in partnership with The First Tee of Greater Ocala. Class instruction will cover four main areas: golf-specific instruction, etiquette and social skills, as well as The First Tee’s nine core values and nine healthy habits.

The First Tee organization is known nationally for developing youth beyond fundamental golf skills, so that they may use their experiences with The First Tee to help them excel in other areas of their lives. The First Tee has more than 1,000 chapters spanning across every state, and prides itself on teaching youth the value of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.

The program offers 12 weeks of golf classes this spring, not including holidays, for a fee of $100, plus an additional $25 annual fee. Classes begin Wednesday, Feb. 1 and continue every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. for youth eight to 17 years old.

Since operations in Gainesville are fairly new, Ironwood Golf Course is looking for individuals who are interested in having an impact on the Gainesville community through volunteer coaching. The First Tee program is looking to empower and equip youth in Gainesville with the skills necessary to thrive beyond the driving range.

To sign up, volunteer, or for any other inquiry, please contact Golf Course Manager Jeff Cardozo at 352-393-8502 or