Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

On the Golf Course

Junior golf is just part of First Tee. Through our program that strengthens character, kids will learn life skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Advancing through the Program

Age 6-9
First Tee Program for ages 6-9 teaches the game of golf in a fun, safe, and empowering
environment. At this age group, we are introducing and engaging participants with both golf
and life skills.
Participants will get active and play golf with their peers to help them build inner strength,
self-confidence, and enthusiasm for the game. Classes are designed to accommodate new
and returning golfers of the same age. Participants will register and be grouped by age and
will progress through the program as they “age up,” with lessons adjusted to challenge
players at their skill level.

Age 10-11
First Tee Program for ages 10-11 supports the exploration of both character and golf skills in
active and collaborative ways.
The learning experiences in the course help to build inner strength, self-confidence, and an
enthusiasm for the sport, while encouraging the development of positive Game Changing
behaviors. Classes are designed to accommodate new and returning golfers of the same
age. Participants will register and be grouped by age and will progress through the program
as they “age up” with lessons adjusted to challenge players at their skill level.

Age 12-13
First Tee Program for ages 12-13 focuses on the development of both golf and character skills.
The lessons and activities in this program empower participants to explore both golf skills
and character commitments appropriate for their stage of growth and development.
Coaches support the development of confidence in participants through additional
opportunities for them to demonstrate mastery and growth in their golf skills and abilities.
Classes are designed to accommodate new and returning golfers of the same age.
Participants will register and be grouped by age and will progress through the program as
they “age up,” with lessons adjusted to challenge players at their skill level.

Age 14+
First Tee Program for ages 14+ places a greater emphasis on the personal development of
participants. These lessons help participants elaborate on their understanding, applying
what they have learned to new situations on and off the course to deepen their skills as they
evaluate, reflect on, and provide evidence of their new understanding of life and golf skills.
As participants learn more about who they are and what they are capable of, they have the
opportunity at First Tee to begin to look towards the future and plan their own paths. Classes
are designed to accommodate new and returning golfers of the same age.