Talking Stick Golf Club opens site for youth golf organization

The First Tee of Phoenix and the Salt River-Maricopa Indian Community announced an agreement to open a junior golf programming site for The First Tee of Phoenix at Talking Stick Golf Club.

This distinguishes the SRPMIC as the first Native American community to host a The First Tee facility in Arizona.

“Talking Stick is a fantastic golf facility that will certainly be an ideal place for youngsters to learn, play and enjoy golf and the many life lessons it teaches,” said Tim Kloenne, Board Chair for The First Tee of Phoenix. “The partnership also symbolizes the unique way that the game brings communities together, builds friendships and creates a positive foundation for the growth of our future community leaders.”

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a sovereign tribe located in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Established by Executive Order on June 14, 1879, the Community operates as a full-service government and oversees departments, programs, projects and facilities.

With two distinct histories and cultures, the Community is comprised of two Native American tribes: the Pima, “Akimel O’Odham” (River People) and the Maricopa, “Xalychidom Piipaash” (People who live toward the water).

Today, there are just over 10,000 individuals who are enrolled tribal members.

The First Tee of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by The Thunderbirds for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf learning facilities for young people in Maricopa County from all walks of life, particularly those who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play.

The First Tee of Phoenix programming sites serve as conveniently located places for participants to learn valuable life skills and character-building lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.

For more information on The First Tee of Phoenix call 602-305-7655, or log on to their website at

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