The theme for this year’s 127th Rose Parade on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. is “Find Your Adventure.” This theme grew out of a partnership between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service and will help shine light on the centennial celebration of our national parks.
The National Park Service was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Yellowstone National Park was established by an Act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the nation’s first national park. Today, there are 58 national parks in the United States.
It is estimated that more than 700,000 spectators and 81 million television viewers worldwide will watch this colorful parade as it wends along a 5 ½-miles parade route through the streets of Pasadena, Calif. Some of those watching the parade, like yours truly, are avid golfers. Though it’s not a widely known fact, there are indeed several quality golf courses located within the boundaries of some of our treasured national parks. Here are a few to consider on your next visit to a national park.
Death Valley National Park, California: You can tee it up 214 feet below sea level at Furnace Creek Golf Course. Opened in 1931, this 18-hole, par 70 course stretches to 6,236 yards.
Glacier National Park, Montana: Built by the Great Northern Railway in 1928, this nine-hole course has the oldest grass greens in Montana. A long-par 36 course that covers 3,600 yards, every hole is named after former chiefs of the Blackfeet Nation.
Yosemite National Park, California: Yosemite’s Wawona Golf Course was the first regulation course in the Sierra Nevada when it opened in 1918. An Audubon-certified golf course, this nine-hole, par-35 measures 3,050 yards and includes two par-five holes. You can also enjoy the Nine and Dine Program that includes nine holes of golf and lunch for only $25.
Anacostia National Park, District of Columbia: Located just eight miles from the White House in the nation’s capital, Langston Golf Course opened to the public in 1939.
Leading up to the National Parks centennial Aug. 25, 2016, many parks will be holding special programs and celebrations throughout the coming months. To find out more about national parks, visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark.
Happy New Year!
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