Hot Springs Country Club Hosted Educational First Green Event

Hot Springs Country Club hosted an innovative environmental education outreach program that uses golf courses as environmental learning labs, led by Superintendent Trey Rutledge, a recent Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Arkansas.

Sixty-five 5th grade students from Magnet Cove Elementary attended The First Green event, the first in the state on November 16th.

Students rotated through 8 different stations, as The First Green focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles where students get hands-on learning opportunities in a real-life setting. First Green curriculum benefits students in middle school to 12th grade by helping them apply their classroom knowledge in an outdoor setting.

Students participated in stations where they tested water quality, collected soil samples, identified bugs, learned about math, viewed equipment, calculated green speed with a stimpmeter, and then got to hit or putt golf balls.

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First Green is a program of the GCSAA Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), which is the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. The association provides education, information and representation to nearly 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. Learn more at

You may click HERE to view the Video from this Educational Outreach Program.