First Green's Learning Labs Featured at Sahalee During U.S. Senior Open

Golf courses have become a field trip destination for teachers and students, named "links as labs." First Green's exhibit in the Founders Museum at U.S. Senior Open showcased golf courses hosting teacher/student field trips. An estimated 125,000 guests of the Champions Tour major were invited to visit the museum during the week of the Senior Open.

First Green is an innovative environmental education-outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs. Golf course superintendents and/or local golf course representatives host students on field trips where they test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, design plantings, assist in stream bed restoration and are involved in the ecology and environmental aspects of the golf course. The students are also introduced to many other aspects of golf.

The Washington State Golf Association, United States Golf Association, local golf clubs, industry sponsors and individual donors support First Green's programs and activities. For more information, visit