Chapter Programs at Golf Courses

The First Tee uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for youth ages 7 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, The First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

THE POWER OF RELATIONSHIPS

“I consider my coaches at The First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” –alumnus

The First Tee coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.

A Youth Program Unlike Any Other

The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:

  • Making proper introductions
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Advancing through the Program

From age 5 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating The First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of The First Tee is completing Ace.

  • Teeny Tees (ages 5-6) – Learn the golf FUNdamentals and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct
  • PLAYer 7 & 8 – Learn golf fundamentals and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct
  • PLAYer (ages 9 and up) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par (ages 9 and up, passed PLAYer certification) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (ages 11 and up, passed Par certification) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (ages 13 and up, passed Birdie certification) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • Ace (ages 14 and up passed Eagle certification) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.
  • NEW FOR 2017! Organized Practice program: (For participants at  PLAYer 9&up, Par, Birdie, Eagle, and Ace levels) Organized Practice is a day for your participant to work on becoming a better golfer and fine tune their golf skills. Participants will be given drills to work on in between classes in addition to developing proper technique. The purpose is to help accelerate the learning process and provide the participant with an opportunity to work on their game outside of regular Life Skills programming.We will cover all aspects of the game including the mental side.
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