About Us

We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.

About The Colorado Open Golf Foundation

The Colorado Open Golf Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that was formed for the primary purpose of fostering and encouraging the sport of golf in the State of Colorado through financial aid to educational programs aimed at developing the interest and ability of Colorado’s youth in the sport of golf and those who conduct or support clinics and otherwise provide coaching instruction for Colorado’s youth, and for the secondary purpose of advancing the charitable purpose of promoting sportsmanship, recreation and health in the State of Colorado

The Colorado Open Golf Foundation operates from its Learning Center on the Green Valley Ranch Campus, a 27 hole facility, 9 of which are a short course; a complete practice area including a double-ended driving range, two putting greens, two chipping greens and a full-service clubhouse. We strive to provide affordable access to children ages 5 to 18 in our programs. For a minimal fee, our participants enjoy the benefits of utilizing the golf courses, Learning Center, equipment and entering into the First Tee Life Skills Program.

For more details about the Colorado Open Golf Foundation and its programs, please contact our offices at 303-486-8800, e-mail us at [email protected] or visit us at 20309 East 48th Place Denver, CO 80249.

Program Descriptions

The Colorado Open Golf Foundation proudly hosts the Inspirato Colorado Open Championships annually to benefit the programming efforts of First Tee – Green Valley Ranch. The Colorado Open Championship has long been recognized as one of the best (if not THE best) state opens in the country. There are many ingredients that contribute to an events’ success. But three of the most important are great players, a great purse and great venues. Over its 50-year history the Inspirato Colorado Open has enjoyed an abundance of all three.

First Tee was created in 1997 and through the First Tee Life Skills Experience, a curriculum for teaching character education through specific life skills, children around the world discover how the skills essential to success on a golf course can help them flourish in life. These skills include self-management, interpersonal communication, goal-setting, mentoring and effective conflict resolution.

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, a developmental junior golf program for girls ages 6-17, was formed to create a network for girls to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a positive and supportive learning environment.

The Colorado PGA Golf in Schools Program is a collaborative effort between the founding associations of the Colorado Open Golf Foundation: the Colorado PGA, and Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendant’s Association to introduce school age children across the state to the game of golf and the valuable life skills it teaches.

The Centennial club consists of 100 men and women of the greater Denver area dedicated to the community and who demonstrate a sincere interest in the game of golf.  The members participate in golf related events throughout the year and have an ultimate goal of acting as a host committee intent on bringing a professional golf Tour event to Denver on an annual basis.