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Longleaf is the new home of US Kids Golf

uskidsgolf 2015VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC – 2015 will marked the 10th consecutive year that the U. S . Kids Golf World Championship, the world’s largest and most prestigious junior golf tournament, was played in the “Home of American Golf.” It brought a record 2,200 kids ages 5 – 18 from over 52 countries to 13 courses in Pinehurst Southern Pines, West End and Carthage this summer.

The newest host course is Seven Lakes Country Club, joining Pinehurst Resort courses Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 9 Mid Pines Golf Club, Talamore, Midland Country Club, Little River Golf Club, Southern Pines Country Club and Longleaf Golf & Family Club. The Teen World Championship and Kids World Championship are hosted by the U. S . Kids Golf Foundation, headquartered in Atlanta, GA , and championship events were held from July 22- August 2, 2015.

In addition to growing their World Championships each year, U. s . Kids Golf has recently announced that they will continue to fulfill their mission “to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories” by agreeing to purchase Longleaf Golf & Family Club. The purchase includes the Dan Maples-designed 18-hole golf course, driving range, clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool, and croquet court, totaling 175 acres. Owning their first facility will allow the company the opportunity to establish the first U. S . Golf Academy. U.S . Kids Golf is working on plans to refurbish the clubhouse, expand the practice facilities and to enhance the playability of the golf course for the current members and future guest play. “ It has been a dream of mine, and our company, to be able to have kids and families be a more integral part of the game. Longleaf will enable us to research and demonstrate how to make that happen in a real life environment,” stated Van Horn, Founder and President of U. S . Kids Golf. “Longleaf is one of the courses used for our World Championship held annually in the Pinehurst area. This purchase provides a wonderful opportunity for us to our live out our mission.”

The U. S . Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit organization, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation, through its Tournament Players Association, organizes more than 950 golf tournaments for kids each year, with over 10,000 individual players ages 5-18. These tournaments include Local Tours, nine U. S . based Regional Championships, seven International Championships and the World Championships in Pinehurst.

The original land for the Longleaf property dates back to 1854, when the Shaw family acquired the land, which was used to harvest turpentine, pine pitch, and tar from the native pine trees. Around the same time that Pinehurst founder James Walker Tufts began to develop the Village of Pinehurst, the land was converted to orchards for growing peaches, pears, and plums. The land passed through several owners until the early 1950s when it was developed by the Tate family into the Starland Farm horse training center, which included a one mile long flat track and ¾ mile turf track and show ring. The Mid- South Horse Show was held annually at Starland Farm, drawing record crowds each year. In 1987, golf course architect Dan Maples acquired the land and developed the Longleaf Golf Club, which opened on November 4, 1988. Many of the original tracks and hedges used for steeplechase races were incorporated into the original design.

“The golf course design and layout provides a good test of golf in an historical setting,” said Van Horn. “We will begin to develop plans in the coming weeks to enhance the facility for the club members and for future guests who will have the opportunity to experience Longleaf.”
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