A 9-hole short course coming to historic Rogers Park in Tampa

A golf course tee spot. A bird box sits next to the tee, a paved trail circles around the course

First Tee of Tampa Bay, and the Tampa Sports Authority are working together to bring a par 3, 9-hole short course to the city of Tampa. The beginner-friendly links will be a part of Rogers Park in Tampa. This endeavor represents an ongoing relationship between The Tampa Sports Authority, First Tee Tampa Bay, and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA.

This new par-3 golf course was designed by Steve Smyers, and will be built by ABM Industries through the fall of this year. The new course will be utilized for those participating in First Tee – Tampa Bay, and will also be open to the public for a small admission cost, though an official price hasn’t been set. None of the holes should stretch longer than 120 yards, so you may only need a few clubs to successfully navigate the each hole. Catch me out there with a 7 Iron and a putter.

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Design by Steve Smyers | Rendering via First Tee and YMCA

Officially formed in 1999, First Tee – Tampa Bay now provides more than 70,000 children each year with hands-on, interactive golf experiences along with introducing them to The First Tee’s Nine Core Values. In 2021, First Tee – Tampa Bay was the top chapter in First Tee network in the number of certifying participants (10,790 children) and in the top 10 percent in the number of outreach participants (61,550 children.) Besides being a program branch of the Tampa YMCA, First Tee – Tampa Bay also partners with community members such as the Tampa Sports Authority, and the City of Tampa.

Rogers Park is located 7910 N 30th St in Tampa. This historic built in 1952, has evolved as one of Tampa, Florida’s best-kept secrets. The beautiful 18-hole golf facility is steeped in history and rich in heritage. 

The course offers a serene adventure and a great golfing experience for golfers of all skill levels. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Tampa, Tampa International Airport and the beautiful beaches of Tampa Bay, the 160-acre golf facility is surrounded on three sides by the Hillsborough River, which offers isolation from homes and the hustle and bustle of busy streets. Rogers Park Golf Course is the home of the Tampa City Men’s Open Championship and features one of Tampa’s finest driving ranges. In addition, the 3-hole short game course offers an experience unique to this area.

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