The First Tee of Syracuse, one of 180 chapters globally, was able to acquire the nine-hole, 1,365-yard Butternut Creek thanks to generous donations from a long list of benefactors, including the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, NBT Bank, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS), Wegmans, O’Brien and Gere. The 15-year-old course includes a driving range and is home to Syracuse Propane King.
The First Tee of Syracuse is only one of 20 chapters throughout the organization that owns its own golf course and driving range. The summer program is open to all boys and girls ages 7-17.
Plans are in motion to renovate the clubhouse building and upgrade the course. Three classrooms will be added for core-value instruction (such as sportsmanship and courtesy), which is the focus of First Tee’s mission.
There also will be a pro shop and a club room lounge in the current building.
The Central New York Golf Course Superintendents Association has partnered with The First Tee and will build a practice green and a grass practice tee area in the fall. Both will be designed by Barry Jordan, who also designed Butternut Creek.