Pioneer Turf Installs New Synthetic Turf Field at the First Tee of San Diego

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Synthetic Turf International install allows more than 1,500 youth to increase their golf and fitness options at the non-profit organization

Pioneer Turf, the Synthetic Turf International distributor for Southern California, has significantly increased golf and fitness options for Pro Kids |The First Tee of San Diego with the installation of a new synthetic turf field. Pro Kids has been challenging underserved youth to excel in life since 1994, joining as chapter of the First Tee in 1998. The First Tee is an internationally respected, non-profit youth organization that promotes life skills and leadership through the game of golf.

“Everyone is very excited about the space, which enhances our opportunities for golf and fitness programming by serving as another outlet and resource for activity,” noted Kathy Wilder, Senior Program Director of Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego. “Pioneer Turf was very professional, thoughtful and detail-oriented in creating a space that is best for our purposes.”

The 12,000 square foot synthetic turf installation will be used by youth membership as a driving range to practice full-swing as well as a multi-function activity space for athletic development programs, all under the supervision and support of staff. More than 1,500 kids are served annually by Pro Kids |The First Tee of San Diego, which challenges underserved local area youth to excel in life by promoting character development and values through education and golf. Originally founded in 1994 as the Pro Kids Golf Academy, Inc. by former AFL/NFL player Ernest H. Wright, Sr., the organization was used as one of the models for The First Tee and later became The First Tee of San Diego. To learn more, visit

“We are passionate about creating more opportunities for people to enjoy the game of golf,” said Keith Thykeson, Owner of Pioneer Turf and a former PGA golf professional. “As a PGA member, it is a pleasure to support such a worthwhile organization and help increase their ability to serve more kids.”

Pioneer Turf ( is the exclusive distributor for all Synthetic Turf International products in Southern California. Manufactured to perform perfectly every time, STI’s tee lines and putting, chipping and target greens are used by professionals, amateurs and golf instructors at thousands of courses worldwide. Locally Pioneer Turf has installed tee lines at clubs ranging from Bel Air to the Sherwood Country Club and premium backyard putting greens for hundreds of enthusiasts.

About Synthetic Turf International:

Based in Dalton, Georgia, Synthetic Turf International ( focuses on helping people experience a greener world in places where natural grass doesn’t easily grow.

With its outstanding network of 70 dealers, the company is recognized as the leading manufacturer and installer of the highest quality synthetic turf in the industry. Their synthetic turf products are currently in use at thousands of playgrounds, landscape projects, golf courses and indoor sport facilities throughout North America.

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