Welcome to The Children’s Course and The First Tee of Greater Portland. We are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing golfing opportunities for youth and families.
Our outreach programs are dedicated to nurturing disadvantaged children ages 7 to 17, building values that strengthen their character, and guiding them in becoming responsible adults through the game of golf.
We now offer The First Tee golf and life skills teaching program at eight locations:
The Children’s Course
Colwood Golf Course
Heron Lakes Golf Course
Glendoveer Golf Course
The OGA Course
McKay Creek Golf Course
RiverRidge Golf Complex
The Children’s Course, Home of The First Tee of Greater Portland, is a 9-hole, par 3 layout and includes a facility unique to Portland, the Erling Jacobsen Learning Center, a 5-hole short course for teaching, practice and play. It is funded by private donations from foundations, corporations and individuals.
The Children’s Course is located in a beautiful setting nestled between the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers in Gladstone. It originally opened for play as Rivergreens Golf Course in 1961 as an 18-hole, par 3 course under the ownership of Charlie Thomas. In 1989, following the development of the apartments on the perimeter, the course was redesigned into a 9-hole, par 3 course and became the Rivergreens Golf Club.
In 1996, the course became dedicated to children due to Duncan Campbell’s dream. While playing golf in Scotland, Duncan Campbell, a successful Portland Business owner with a passion for helping children, noticed a number of children’s golf courses. He dreamed of one day making the concept a reality in Portland. After a two year search, Duncan Campbell became aware of the potential availability of the Rivergreens Golf Club and made an initial offer. The Thomas’ has a strong sentimental desire for the property to remain a golf course and they accepted Duncan’s offer. Operation of The Children’s Course began on June 30, 1996.
In 2000, The Children’s Course became a chapter of The First Tee organization and in April of 2011, The Children’s Course merged with The First Tee of Portland and became The First Tee of Greater Portland.
At The Children’s Course and The First Tee of Greater Portland, we work to keep fees reasonable. However, scholarships, financial assistance and instruction are available for children.
The Children’s Course is available for tournaments, fundraisers, golf marathons, corporate outings and parties.
The Children’s Course and The First Tee of Greater Portland is funded by private charitable foundations, corporations and individuals. In addition, several fundraisers are held each year at the course to help defray operating costs.