Swing "Fore" the Future Capital Campaign


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The Project

Why now?

The First Tee – Naples/Collier Learning Center

In 2021, after years of searching for a “home-base” for the First Tee – Naples/Collier, the Collier County Commissioners approached Executive Director, Cindy Darland and the Board with an incredible opportunity. Collier County, BigShots Golf and Club Corp are collaborating to develop a public golf venue on the former site of the Golden Gate Country Club. It will combine a BigShots Driving Range venue, a 12-hole Nicklaus Design golf course and the First Tee – Naples/Collier Learning Center. As Golden Gate CC was First Tee – Naples/Collier’s primary HUB before it closed in

2019, Cindy and the Board knew it was the perfect location for First Tee – Naples/Collier’s permanent learning center. The Commissioners required BigShots to provide a long-term sub-lease on the land to First Tee – Naples/Collier at the cost of $1/year. This lease has been executed, architectural and design services have been donated, the Learning Center building has been designed and construction is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2022. We have launched our Swing Fore the Future Capital Campaign to fund the project.

First Tee Learning Center Renderings

A glimpse into the building

First Floor
Second Floor


Timeline of milestones

Project Team

Meet the Team

You Can Make The Difference

To build the next generation of Naples/Collier community leaders, we are seeking support and advocacy from the Naples community, parents, businesses, and charitable organizations. Your tax-deductible contribution will ensure the timely completion of this much-needed resource for our young people. All gifts over $10,000 will be permanently recognized on a donor wall in the First Tee Naples/Collier Learning Center.

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