Is golf for your child? Your top 10 questions are answered.

Categories: Summer Camps, The First Tee Nine Core Values

“Golf is expensive.”
“Golf is boring.”
“Golf is slow.”
“Golf is hard to learn.”

How many times have your heard these misconceptions about golf? You may have even thought them yourself.

At The First Tee, golf is more than a game. And it’s a fun activity that can last your child a lifetime. Here are 10 things you need to know about not only the game itself, but how The First Tee does golf!

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1. Who can play?

Anyone! The First Tee chapters welcome youth of all backgrounds and abilities ages 7–17. All we ask is that they come with an open mind and positive attitude, and we’ll provide the rest.

2. Financial concerns?

No worries—most chapters offer full scholarships or reduced sessions.

3. What about golf equipment?

We have that, too. Most chapters provide golf clubs, balls and tees.

4. What to wear?

You can wear tennis shoes, shorts, or skirts—no need for special golf attire.

5. Where do I join?

We’re closer than you think. The First Tee chapters offer programs at more than 1,200 locations across the country.

6. Are your coaches qualified?

Definitely! We have more than 2,900 active coaches who have gone through extensive training provided by The First Tee’s certified national trainers.

7. What about girls golf?

Golf isn’t a boy’s club at The First Tee. Many chapters offer the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program.

8. Is it fun?

Absolutely. The First Tee lessons are activity-based and full of fun and energy! We modify traditional sports that kids might be more familiar with—such as baseball, football, bowling and tennis—to incorporate the four basic golf shots: putt, chip, pitch and full swing.

9. What else?

A lot! Remember that in addition to learning the life long game of golf, kids are making friends, learning communication skills, how to set goals and other life skills that will help them on and off the golf course.

10. Is there a fun fact?

Did you know our chief executive officer, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., is the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis? When Joe Louis wasn’t in the boxing ring, he was often on the golf course.


At The First Tee, we encourage youth to dream big and practice effective goal-setting techniques they can use for life. From aces to triple bogeys, golf is a perfect platform for helping kids and teens develop character as it closely parallels real life. Just like in life, junior golfers experience the highs and lows of the game.

Our curriculum was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by coaches trained through The First Tee Coach Program. Our mission is to help prepare kids and teens of all backgrounds for success in school, at home and in their community. Our more than 1,000 locations offer fulls scholarships and reduces fee programming for those with financial needs so no one is ever turned away for inability to pay.

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29 responses to “Is golf for your child? Your top 10 questions are answered.

  1. We live in Broken Arrow/Coweta, OK area and heard about First Tee from a friend in Texas. How do we sign our twelve-year-old up for a summer camp in the area and what are the costs?

  2. Hello Ms. Holeman, We are happy to help with registration information. Cost and schedule varies from chapter to chapter. Please visit our locations map at to find a chapter near you. Once you find a location, please contact the chapter directly to learn more and sign up.

  3. Hello Derek, Each of our chapters operates independently and may have different procedures depending on the course or location. Please check with your chapter to learn more about their processes and club return.

  4. Hi. I want to get my daughter’s first golf class and she is 6. My friend said there is some young youth kids are playing golf but your website saying age 7-18. Is my girl available to learn??

  5. Hi I would like to know if you give scholarship and if Im on time to apply for it. My son is 7 years and he is willing to learn about this sport. What are the requirements for a scholarship or reduced cost classes? Thank you

  6. Thank you for your interest in The First Tee. Financial aid and scholarships vary from chapter to chapter. Please visit our locations map to find a chapter near you and reach out directly to learn more about their deadlines and requirements:

  7. Thank you for your interest in The First Tee! Schedules vary from chapter to chapter. Please visit our locations map at to find a chapter near you. From there, you can contact the chapter directly to learn more and sign up.

  8. What is the final results for each level of the First Tee program? Is there a grading system? Does everyone move on to the next level automatically. What if my child isn’t as good at playing the game as the other participants but is learning the fundamentals of the
    First Tee program. Does everyone get a certificate showing their participation after they completed all the sessions of the program? How do you qualify for the scholarships? Can the scholarships be used towards college?

  9. Thank you for your interest in The First Tee! Each chapter varies in their program schedule and open registration dates. To see if registration is open in your area, please visit our locations map and find a chapter near you: From there, you can visit the chapter’s website to learn more!

  10. Our certifying levels (beginning with Player level) do start at age 7. However, many chapters offer programs for youth younger than age 7. You can inquire with your local chapter to see what is available. Cost of lessons also varies from chapter to chapter. Visit our locations map to find a chapter near you and visit their website:

  11. Hello Ms. Lindeman, these are great questions! We can send you a separate email with more in depth information, but from a high level, we have a few golf and life skills participants should learn through each level of the program. Children no not automatically move to the next level, but there is no requirement to be “as good as” any other participant. There are different criteria for our national scholarships, one of which is to be at a more advance level of our program and yes, all of our national scholarships are for college. The scholarships referenced above refer to financial aid at a chapter for programming.

  12. I do like how your article suggested that age doesn’t really matter when it comes to golfing as anyone could play them and even start joining golf camps at age 7. That is why I would be sure to test my kid’s swings as soon as it looks like he’s curious to try the game out. Additionally, I would like to have him enrolled in some golf camps if he posses any kind of talent too. Thanks!

  13. Hello, my family just moved to Naples, Florida. I am an active duty member stationed in Washington, DC and I’m looking to find a location to continue growing my younger son’s interest in Golf. Do you have a location in Naples, Florida?

    Given our dual-household requirements, we are concerned with financing, and would like to inquire about any assistance you can provide, or recommend

  14. We would like to give a memorial in the name of Dick Shaffer, Olympia,Wa. Can you tell us if the donation should be made to Firs Tee of South Puget Sound or?..

    Please call Tx or call…

  15. Thank you for your interest in participating in First Tee. We do have a First Tee chapter in Naples, using the form linked below you can contact your local chapter to inquire about the programs they offer.

  16. I am curious on when registration is for First Tee of Louisville is for the upcoming session (July-Sept 2019) Thank You- Stephanie

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