The Ala Wai Golf Driving Range is set to open on March 4 after three months of repairs and upgrades. The Hawai’i State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA)/First Tee will take over the day-to-day operations of the driving range and pro shop at Ala Wai Golf Course, changing the name of the practice facilities to Ala Wai Golf. Center.

“The future of the game for generations to come will be in the young people. We believe that Ala Wai should have the presence of the youngest and the youngest,” Mark Rolfing told KHON’s Alan Hoshida, “It’s going to be kind of fit in. I think that’s going to change the dynamic. I think you’re going to see a much younger, family-oriented place. Again, it’s not just a driving range.

The HSJGA and First Tee Hawai’i merged in 2020 to become a singular organization focused on growing the game by providing opportunities for young Hawai’i. HSJGA has been a mainstay of Hawaiian golf for over 20 years, creating opportunities for junior golfers across the islands to showcase their abilities.

“We are very fortunate that HSJGA/First Tee is quickly mobilizing operations to reopen the driving range and pro shop and continue services to our golfers while we work on a solicitation for a long-term practice contract at the Ala Wai. , our most popular municipal golf course,” said DES Manager Jerry Pupillo in a press release, “HSJGA/First Tee, a premier junior golf organization in Hawai’i, is an excellent choice for moving forward as we reinvigorate our courses and develop the next generation of golfers.

The Ala Wai Golf Center will allow golfers to practice their short game, as well as the driving range. The practice green has already been redone with a chipping/short game area in preparation.