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
"I consider my coaches at First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up." - alumnus
Advancing Through the Program
Starting in 2022, First Tee is moving from skills-based programs to age-based. We will no longer use levels (Pee Wee, PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle) to determine placement. Participants will register based on their age. The age groupings are:
Age 7-9: Early Elementary School-Aged
First Tee Program for ages 7-9 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.
Age 10-11: Older Elementary School-Aged/Early Adolescence
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.
Age 12-13: Middle School/Early Adolescence
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.
Age 14+: High School/Middle Adolescence (still enrolled in high school)
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.