Project Statement

First Tee of Arkansas - Award Winning Design
      Design by Jim Yeary while a partner at Polk Stanley Yeary Architects

The youth golf program creates affordable and accessible facilities for children who lack the opportunity and expose them to the values golf offers. The support facilities include a learning center, maintenance building, and entrance gate. Due to their limited staff, observation from the learning center was a primary concern.


The inspiration of the design recalls the ruins of a remaining Jewish church. Arkansas natural materials were used including southern pine trusses, decking and siding, and native field stone. Large amounts of glass are used to reinforce the views and maximize day lighting. In southern tradition, overhangs and porches are employed to provide sun protection.


The entry drive flanks the existing lake to the south and directly accesses the learning center and provides a smaller turn-around. Parking is provided to the north of the drive which access the maintenance building minimizing pavement amount. The existing grade and planting help to reduce the visual impact of the structure.


Care was taken to orient the learning center to avoid trees and maximize views. the pro-shop provides views to the driving range, the #1 tee box, the #9 green, the entrance to the building, and the corridor leading to the classrooms. The snack area has a view and access to the finishing hole. The classrooms access the practice green and driving range, while the administration area can supervise the classrooms and lobby. This lounge area will be dedicated to the project's main contributor.