A Charleston character-building nonprofit has announced a new initiative that offers local kids and teens free rounds of golf at five area courses.

First Tee – Greater Charleston’s Swing it Forward CHS initiative creates on-course golf experiences by removing barriers to make the game more accessible to all local youth. The program began Jan. 13.

“We see the inherent values of responsibility, integrity, and confidence that youth grasp while playing a round of golf,” said Bucky Dudley, executive director of First Tee. “We want every child interested to have this opportunity as often as possible.”

Those wishing to participate in the initiative and tee off for free can play at Berkeley Country Club, Charleston Municipal Golf Course, Patriots Point Links, Wescott Golf Club and Wrenwoods Golf Course.

Players must call one of the listed courses and reserve a tee time on the day of play. Loaner clubs are first come, first served. Kids are encouraged to walk to promote physical wellness, but adults are welcome to walk, ride or play along.