Our Winter Player Development mini-session is currently underway, running January 16 – February 6.
Registration is now open for our Spring Session, which runs March 2nd to May 8th. Each class meets once weekly. All equipment will be provided; participants may bring their own clubs if they would like but are not required to.
Session Fee: $110
The session fee covers 10 weeks of classes, one voucher for a 30-minute individual lesson with a PGA professional, and an end-of-session Play Day where the kids play a round on the course modified to their age and skill level.
Membership Fee: $35
The membership is required and is good for one calendar year. It includes a hat, polo, backpack, yardage book, membership card, and member discounts at local golf courses (specific discount varies by course).
For more information about our regular programming through the spring, summer, and fall, please see below or check out our 2021 schedule.
A Youth Program Unlike Any Other
First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our Nine 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
New to First Tee? Children ages 5 and 6 start at the TARGET level. Children 7-12 begin at PLAYer, and teenagers 13+ begin at Teen PLAYer.
TARGET: Promotes curiosity of the game of golf through a safe and fun environment and introduces the First Tee Life Skills Experience
- Age – 5 & 6
- Prerequisite – None
PLAYer: Focuses on interpersonal skills and lays the foundation of the Nine Core Values and Code of Conduct
- Age – Required minimum age 7
- Prerequisite – None
Advanced PLAYer: Continues focus on interpersonal skills and the Nine Core Values; golf activities will increase in difficulty
- Age – 8
- Experience – Minimum 1 session at PLAYer Level
Par: Reviews the Nine Core Values and focuses on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course
- Age – Recommended minimum age 9
- Prerequisite – Minimum 2 sessions at PLAYer Level or Advanced PLAYer Level
Advanced Par: Continues review of Nine Core Values and placing an emphasis of self-management skills with advanced golf activities
- Age – Recommended minimum age 10
- Perquisite – Minimum 1 session at Par Level
Teen PLAYer & Par: Designed for older golf novices; focuses on interpersonal skills, the Nine Core Values, and self-management
- Age – Required minimum age 12
- Prerequisite – TEEN PLAYer – None; if registering for TEEN Par, a minimum of 2 TEEN PLAYer Level or 2 regular PLAYer Level sessions must first be completed.
Birdie: Review of the Par curriculum with an emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality
- Age – Recommended minimum age 11
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 3 sessions at Par Level or Advanced Par Level
Eagle: Developing a healthy sense of self, learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning
- Age – Recommended minimum age 13
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 3 sessions at Birdie Level
Ace: Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community through service
- Age – Required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade
- Prerequisite – Minimum of 4 sessions at Eagle Level
Scholarships are available for families who have financial need.
For learning and skill development to be effective at each level of the Life Skills Experience, coaches must allow sufficient time to ensure concepts are experienced, understood, explored and can be applied in different situations. The certification requirements at each level become progressively more challenging for participants in view of their increased commitment and capabilities. Coaches should keep in mind that, in general, participants should take a minimum of two years at each of the certification levels to master life skills, golf skills and healthy habits required to successfully complete certification.
Certification will be offered at the end of all Spring and Fall Sessions. However, coaches may invite a participant to take a Certification test at the end of any session if they believe the participant is ready to move on to the next level.