Sapona Ridge Country Club Joins The First Tee of the Triad Network Serving All of Davidson County


GREENSBORO, N.C. – – Lexington’s Sapona Ridge Country Club, owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress, is the latest facility to join The First Tee of the Triad network, the chapter announced today. The First Tee of the Triad is the local chapter of the international movement to teach children life skills through golf.

Due to strong demand at Winding Creek Golf Course in Thomasville, the new Sapona Ridge First Tee of the Triad facility was created with all of Davidson County in mind; children from throughout the county or anywhere else in the area are welcome to participate in all First Tee of the Triad classes. The First Tee of the Triad programming at Sapona Ridge will begin the week of Monday, March 27 with after-school classes from 4:30 until 6 p.m. The First Tee of the Triad provides the facility and all equipment including clubs and balls; participants need only bring themselves and an interest in learning life skills and golf.

“Our programming at Sapona Ridge Country Club is our second foray into the greater Davidson County area,” The First Tee of the Triad CEO Mike Barber said. “With the success we’ve experienced at Winding Creek, we’re thrilled to offer First Tee of the Triad programming to this second Davidson County community and look forward to bringing life skills, core values, character development and youth golf to the area. We look forward to welcoming young people from all areas of Davidson County and surrounding communities into our programs designed to teach life skills through this wonderful sport.”

All participants, for Sapona Ridge Country Club or elsewhere, must register for classes in order to guarantee their spaces, and registration for the spring session is now open. Information on registration and scholarships for all classes is available at Simply click on “registration” to get started; scholarships can be requested during the online registration process.

About The First Tee of the Triad:
The First Tee of the Triad is currently operating at 18 facilities throughout the Piedmont Triad, central North Carolina and southern Virginia. Its programming is offered at Bryan Park in Browns Summit, Country Club of Salisbury, DHA-Jones Crossing in Danville, Va., Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro, Grandover Resort in Greensboro, Goodyear Golf Course in Danville, Va., Greensboro National Golf Club in Summerfield, Indian Valley Golf Course in Burlington, Iron Play Par 3 Links in Summerfield, Jamestown Park Golf Course, Oak Hollow Golf Course in High Point, Rick Murphy Golf Academy in Greensboro, Ringgold Golf Course in Ringgold, Va., Sapona Ridge Country Club in Lexington, Statesville Country Club, Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, Winding Creek Golf Course in Thomasville and Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem. The First Tee of the Triad is one of 180 chapters operating some 1,000 golf programming locations in all 50 states and four foreign countries with more than 10 million participants. More than 7,000 elementary schools participate in The First Tee National School Program. For additional information, please visit

About The First Tee:
The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” The goal of The First Tee is to provide the golf-learning facilities and the experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime. Founded by the World Golf Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The program is overseen and has the active support of committee members representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman; he succeeds his father, former president George H.W. Bush, who served as The First Tee’s Honorary Chairman since the organization’s inception in 1997 and now serves as the Honorary Chair Emeritus.

Contact:Mike Barber
The First Tee of the Triad