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.

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 7 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.

  • PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct

For many of our participants, The First Tee program will be a new experience. In addition to meeting other young people from different backgrounds, they will be exposed to a game that emphasizes courtesy, honesty, self-discipline, and respect. Player Level is the first of five levels that The First Tee teaches. All lessons are taught on the golf course.

  • Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.

The Par Level is the second of five levels that The First Tee offers. This level focuses on enhancing and improving golf skills and builds on the 9 Core Values presented in the PLAYer Life Skills Class. All lessons are taught on the golf course. Must complete PLAYer level prior to enrolling for Par.

  • Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.

The Birdie Level of The First Tee Program is the third of five levels that students will journey through while in this program. The students who enter this program have shown a commitment to the program by successfully meeting all Par Certification requirements on and off the golf course.  Must complete Par prior to enrolling for Birdie.

  • Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.

The Eagle Level is a huge achievement. Students in this level have shown a commitment to The First Tee Program and to the game of golf. To get this far young people have had to be committed to the life skills program by completing all requirements on and off the golf course. Must complete Birdie prior to enrolling for Eagle.

  • Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

Ask us about scholarships for financial need.

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.