The Children’s Course is located in a beautiful setting nestled between the Clackamas and Willamette Rivers in Gladstone. It originally opened for play as Rivergreens Golf Course in 1961 as an 18-hole, par 3 course. In 1989, following the development of apartments on the perimeter, the course was redesigned into a 9-hole, par 3 course
The mission of the Children’s Course is to transform the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Children's Course is Born
In 1996 founder, Duncan Campbell and his wife Cindy, had a vision to create a golf course that would be dedicated to children. The Children’s Course was born from this vision. Providing a location for children to learn and play the game of golf was just part of Duncan’s plan. He envisioned using golf to provide positive youth development.
The First Tee Partnership
The Children’s Course eventually partnered with the national organization, The First Tee and has embraced its Core Values. Our mission is to impact the lives of kids ages 4-18 by providing learning facilities and educational programs. The game of golf helps to instill integrity and make people of rich character.
A Non-profit Organization
The Children's Course operates as a non-profit 501 (c) (3), and is funded by private donations from foundations, corporations and individuals. The golf course is home to The First Tee of Greater Portland, which provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.