First Tee – Central Washington broke ground on our new Practice Facility in June of 2019.  Located at Yakima’s SOZO Sports Complex, the five-acre facility will provide easier accessibility for those in the greater Yakima and Union Gap area, and he opportunity to better serve those with disabilities.  A new administration and classroom building will allow us to avoid the need to cancel classes in the event of inclement weather, and provide a comfortable area for participants to sit down and work on their yardage books.

Over the course of the summer of 2019, the site was landscaped, irrigation installed, trees planted, greens locations prepped, and a paved path placed around the perimeter.  In a few short months we went from a weed filled dirt lot to a grass covered, park-like setting.  Tremendous thanks go out to our project sponsors who have brought us this far:

  • Terrace Heights Development
  • Yakima Southwest and Sunrise Rotary’s
  • Granite Construction
  • PayneWest Insurance
  • Russell Landscaping
  • Tri Ply Construction
  • SOZO Sports of Central Washington

We are not done yet though.  We still have a few more projects to do before we can move in.  First we need to purchase and install 22,000 square feet of artificial turf greens.  Thanks to generous donations by Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, Southwest and Sunrise Rotary’s, and Terrace Heights Development, we are within $45,000 of what’s needed to finish this.  We also need to replace the carpet in the admin building, purchase tables and chairs for the classroom, and purchase and install a chain and post barrier around the course.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please contact First Tee – Central Washington at 509-949-6349,, or First Tee – Central Washington, PO Box 787, Yakima, WA 98907.