Chapter Programs at Golf Courses

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, First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

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 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

  • Pre-PLAYer (recommended ages 5-9) – An introduction to the First Tee, and Life Skills, including a combination of golf and physical activities.
  • PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee it up for the first time and learn the game of golf and the First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • 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.

Basic Requirements to Advance Through the Levels

Participants advance through the different levels through a certification process with five general requirements:

  • Core lesson exposure
  • Life skills application
  • Golf skills application
  • Life skills knowledge
  • Golf knowledge

Each participant seeking to move to a higher level will demonstrate their understanding of the core golf and life skills. They will show their ability to apply the lessons learned both on and off the golf course.

Coaches will observe behavior in the classes, making notes when positive behavior related to the Nine Core Values and Life Skills are achieved.  Oral and written tests are included in certain levels, along with “homework” to expose family and friends showing how we can achieve these goals both on and off the golf course.

It is not uncommon for a junior to repeat a level until all goals can be reached.  Our goal is to achieve success in all levels, helping to positively influence as many lives as possible through our programming.

Below is a link to a PDF document showing the basic requirements to advance levels.

First Tee Certification Requirements Quick Glance

The Basic Requirements of the Certification Process:

  • PLAYer Level
    • One 9-hole round of golf  (record score accurately)
    • No required score or yardage.
    • One 9-hole round of putting course  (record score accurately)
    • No required score
    • Correctly answer 10-12 written or verbal questions
    • Bag tag checklist showing each of the 9 Core Values.
  • PAR Level
    • One 9-hole round of golf (record score accurately)
    • Fast / safe / courteous
    • Score = 72 and under for 9 holes
    • One 9-hole round of putting course
    • Score = maximum of 27
    • Short Game Course (3 holes)
    • Score maximum of 12
    • Correctly answer 15-18 written (or verbal) questions
  • Birdie Level
    • Five 9-hole rounds (fast / safe / courteous)
    • Score = 63 or under
    • One 9-hole round of putting course (maximum score of 23)
    • One 6-hole short course (maximum score of 21)
    • 3 of 6 balls on green from fairway (55 to 75 yards)
    • Correctly answer 20-24 written (or verbal questions)

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The Power of Relationships

“I consider my coaches at the First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” – First Tee alum

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.