The community is invited to play golf for free during International Junior Golf Academy’s (IJGA) grand opening event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 3, at the Old Carolina campus, 89 Old Carolina Drive in Bluffton.

Families may play the new par-3 Challenge Course, Himalayas, or an 18-hole putting green. Guests may use the Performance Training Center’s indoor hitting bays and the short game area, and enjoy a cook-out during the open house.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own clubs. Prizes will be awarded for closest-to-the-pin and putting contests.

Reminiscent of Scotland’s St. Andrews Links’ Old Course, the new course and putting green will be used for training by IJGA student-athletes and the new After School Junior Golf Program students who are interested in golf instruction.

The After School Junior Golf Program is slated to begin Sept.10, offering junior golf instruction from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

Monthly and annual memberships will be offered to students ages 8 to 18, and will include twice-weekly golf instruction, weekend use of the outdoor course, indoor facilities and lunch at Fuel dining hall.

The onsite course is part of the rebirth of IJGA and its campus transformation project taking place at Old Carolina. Amenities include the recent $2 million renovation of the Performance Training Center, which houses the Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate and Studio, indoor hitting bays, indoor chipping and putting area, and the recreation center.

Space is limited. For more information and to reserve a space, contact Patrick O’Toole at or 843-384-1141.