Ben Hogan Learning Center Winter Operation Hours – Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM / Saturday 9 AM-3 PM
The concept of the Ben Hogan Learning Center is to establish a safe, state-of-the-art facility with unprecedented access to a golf course for youth of all ages to gather. The design of the facility is such that youth can spend time on the practice green, driving range or golf course or simply have a place where they can come inside, rest and “hang out” with their friends. This strategy is in line with one of the main goals of The First Tee of Fort Worth, which is to provide access to the game of golf across all socio-economic boundaries within our community.
- August 2004 – Initial discussion begin on planning a youth practice facility
- January 2006 – Fundraising campaign begins
- December 2007 – The Ben Hogan Foundation signs on as the naming sponsor for the learning center
- July 2008 – Practice Facility (Driving range & putting & chipping green) open to the public
- February 2009 – Building plans are finalized
- January 2010 – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ben Hogan Learning Center
- December 2011 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The architect firm for the entire project is DMS Architects and the General Contractor is Muckleroy & Falls. Both firms are based in Fort Worth. The design of the building takes into account the many aspects of The First Tee of Fort Worth program activities as well as some unique aspects of Rockwood Golf Course. The buildings curved shape takes into consideration a 300 year Oak tree that sits on the east side of the building. The tree is not only unique for its age but for the fact that it once stood on the famous Chisholm Trail. The south end of the building contains a stadium style seating area where parents can relax while their children are participating in classes and other activities. Visitors walking up from the parking lot will be greeted with a Texas limestone wall engraved with the nine (9) phases of Ben Hogan’s swing, each coincided with one of The First Tee Nine Core Values; the work of locally-based famed international sculpture Eliseo Garcia. The beauty of the building is complemented by large wall-to-ceiling windows that provide gorgeous views of the Oak as well as the practice facility.
The museum housed inside of the Ben Hogan Learning Center will be a place where the community can come to learn the rich history of golf that has been such an intricate part of the City of Fort Worth. The life and career of Ben Hogan, one of the greatest players in the history of professional golf, will be the cornerstone of the museum. Additionally, a listing of the current and past winners of the annual Fort Worth Junior Boys Tournament will be on display in the museum.
The building itself contains a multitude of opportunities to facilitate the learning experience for our participants. There are two classrooms located in the south end of the building that leads out onto the practice facility. Coaches will be able to utilize these rooms during inclement weather to prevent from missing classes or to simply alter their teaching strategy by moving the class into a lecture format or to show a video on one of the two 52” televisions. The club room will give older participants the opportunity to learn the art of repairing broken golf clubs or how to custom fit clubs to a specific individual. The swing room will contain the latest in swing analysis technology to assist coaches and participants in analyzing their golf swing in order to help them mature in their game throughout their golf career.
Henry House Hangout
Inspired by local professional golfer J.J. Henry, the Henry House Hangout is a 500 square foot room located in the Ben Hogan Learning Center that is exclusively dedicated to fun, relaxation and building strong, long lasting friendships. Established in 2006, the Henry House Foundation, a non-profit organization, is a way for J.J. and his family to help children through projects that physically and emotionally benefit the communities they love. J.J. wanted to establish a place where The First Tee of Fort Worth participants can come to play video games with friends, eat a snack or just hangout. To accomplish this, the Henry House Hangout contains two 70” television sets each equipped with XBOX 360 Kinect game systems and DIRECTV satellite television and ample seating for social networking, texting, talking and hanging around.
Ben Hogan Learning Center Information
Read about the creation of the Ben Hogan Learning Center and Practice Facility at Rockwood Golf Course!
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Ben Hogan Learning Center photo album
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