The First Tee is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids and teens. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference. Since its inception in 1997, the organization has provided programs that introduce kids to the game of golf, teach The First Tee Nine Core Values and positively impact their lives. Reaching more than 5 million kids annually, The First Tee offers programs in all 50 states through: The National School Program in more than 10,000 elementary schools, 150 chapters at more than 1,200 golf courses and The First Tee DRIVE at 1,300 youth centers. The First Tee is expanding globally and currently offers programs at six international locations.
The First Tee offers group lessons to all kids and teens ages 7-18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is that kids come with an open mind and positive attitude.
There are a few ways you can bring The First Tee to your community.
- Bring The First Tee National School Program to your elementary school: This program introduces elementary students to golf during physical education class.
- Develop a chapter: This process takes about two years and includes developing a 501c3 tax exempt entity. Please contact the Director of Regional Affairs (part of the Network Management team) in your area for more information.
- Partner with an existing chapter: Each chapter delivers programs at multiple sites. Consider working with an existing chapter to become an additional location. Contact a chapter in your area or state.
- Bring The First Tee DRIVE to your local youth center: This activity-based program was specifically designed and written for youth-serving organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Y.
Chapters provide access to clubs and balls. No need for special golf attire.
Our coaches are trained in positive youth development. That means they are experts in making kids and teens feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.
Participants move through levels over time (PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace) that introduce new and more advanced concepts of golf and life skills that help build character on and off the course.
Absolutely! Kids can burn up to 800 calories walking 9 holes of golf and coaches make lessons competitive while having fun. As participants get older, they have the chance to compete at national events held across the country.
No worries—chapters offer full scholarships or reduced fee programming for those with financial need.