Our Impact – Los Lagos Survey & Workshop

Categories: 2017, March, Newsletter

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services is conducting a public engagement process to allow community members to develop a potential vision for Los Lagos Golf Course.

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The third and final workshop to discuss an develop ideas about the role of Los Lagos in the community and City is NEXT SATURDAY at a NEW LOCATION (below) from what appears on the City web site.

Saturday, March 11th – 9:30am to 11:30am
Andrew Hill High School
Mulit-Purpose Room
3200 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95111

The First Tee of Silicon Valley strongly encourages you to take the Los Lagos Survey and to attend this meeting to show your support for Los Lagos as The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s location for advanced participants.

Wear our branded apparel, participate, and consider speaking. This meeting is a wonderful opportunity for youth to let their voices be heard and to learn about community civics.

Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course is home to The First Tee of Silicon Valley. It is a one-of-a-kind facility located in the ideal neighborhood for The First Tee of Silicon Valley, which strives to impact the lives of at-risk youth and reach youth who would not otherwise be able to experience the character-building benefits of playing the game of golf.

The First Tee of Silicon Valley continues to grow and thrive at Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course where over 900 youth took life skill classes through golf in 2016. Over $650,000 was invested in these 900 children. The number of youth served at Rancho could reach 2,000 within the next few years if The First Tee of Silicon Valley could have more access. (The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s participant base has increased by 15% annually since 2008.)

Los Lagos Golf Course is The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s San José location for advanced participants. It is a perfect complement for The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s more skilled, young golfers because of its proximity to Rancho del Pueblo and its shorter, 18-hole length. Los Lagos is also the local 18-hole course of choice for high school golf teams and NCGA’s Youth On Course.

The First Tee of Silicon Valley strongly supports keeping both Rancho del Pueblo and Los Lagos Golf Courses. Both courses are important to the recreational well-being of San José residents and should not be sold, re-purposed for other sports, or developed. (Sadly, the greater San José area already ranks 366th out of 375 metro areas across the US in golf courses per capita according to the National Golf Foundation’s 2016 study.)

Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course is critically important to the future of The First Tee of Silicon Valley. Improving it to accommodate upwards of 2,000 youth per year (who will also be encouraged to play at Los Lagos Golf Course as they become more advanced golfers) will greatly benefit the City and all of its residents, young and old. The First Tee of Silicon Valley would invest over $1,000,000 annually in the lives of 2,000 participants.

There are some in the community suggesting that Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course go away, especially if Los Lagos Golf Course remains as is. Please let your voice be heard — Take the Los Lagos Survey and Attend this Saturday’s meeting. The First Tee of Silicon Valley wants to grow and for San José to be a golf-friendly city.