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NYC Has First Kids Only Golf Course

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Parks Department broke ground today on what it says is the country's first golf course just for kids. The 12-acre, 6-hole CityParks Junior Golf Center is adjacent to the Dyker Beach Golf Course, in Brooklyn.

REPORTER: Children between the ages of 5 and 17 can play for free, and will even have access to free equipment. David Rivel, who heads the City Parks Foundation, says the course will be scaled for smaller golfers.

RIVEL: The longest hole is about 120 yards, but you can also reconfigure the golf course so that you can play it as just a 3-hold course, with holes as long as 280 or 300 yards. so as kids get better, they can play different length holes.

REPORTER: The complex will also include a putting green, driving range and clubhouse. The $6 million in funding for the course came from a combination of state, city and private sources.

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