General InformatioN


2020 Program Orientation (NEW to First Tee? Read our 2020 Program Orientation before registering!)

First Tee Parents’ Guide

WHY GOLF?

Golf is unique from other sports because players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. The sport is a perfect platform for helping young people develop character because just like in life, players experience the highs and lows of the game.

Healthy and Positive Youth Development Programs

TEACHING LIFE SKILLS AND INSTILLING CORE VALUES THROUGH THE GAME OF GOLF

JUNIOR GOLF LESSONS AND SO MUCH MORE

In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, our character education and life skills programs help kids and teens prepare for success at school, at home and in their community.

OUR JUNIOR GOLF & LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM FOCUSES ON

  • How to manage emotions
  • How to set goals
  • How to resolve conflicts
  • How to communicate with others

THE FIRST TEE NINE CORE VALUES

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Sportsmanship
  • Respect
  • Confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Courtesy
  • Judgement

THE FIRST TEE NINE HEALTHY HABITS

  • Energy
  • Play
  • Safety
  • Vision
  • Mind
  • Family
  • Friends
  • School
  • Community

Life & Golf Skills classes are offered throughout the year in the spring, summer, and fall sessions/seasons at facilities across the region.  Classes are once a week for 8 weeks.  Participants who are new to the program MUST enroll in PLAYer classes.  New participants 12 and older should look to sign up with the Teen PLAYer class on the schedule (if available).

Fees for each session are $80 for Player, Pro-PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle, and $60 for Little Linksters.  One time yearly fee of $120 for ACE participants.  Financial aid (scholarship) is available and no child is turned away for financial reasons. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO SIGN UP FOR 1 LIFE SKILLS CLASS AT A TIME.  Classes are a first come first serve basis.

No participant will be turned away for financial reasons – please apply for financial aid when registering (this will not conclude your registration).  To complete your financial aid request you must select “SUBMIT REGISTRATION” at the end; if not your request will not go through.  ALL financial aid submissions will be granted within 48 hours.  After your financial aid is granted, you will receive an email to complete your registration.  If your registration is not completed within 48 hours your spot will be given away.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

Annual Memberships will be offered this year for $120.  Your annual membership will cover all First Tee classes for 2020.  Financial aid is not offered for Annual Memberships.  Annual Memberships will no longer be offered after April 30, 2020.

Fees for each session are $80 for Player, Par, Birdie, Eagle, and $60 for Little Linksters.  $120 for ACE; one time fee for the whole year.  Financial aid (scholarship) is available and no child is ever turned away for financial reasons. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO SIGN UP FOR 1 LIFE SKILLS CLASS AT A TIME.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

No participant will be turned away for financial reasons – please apply for financial aid when registering (this will not conclude your registration).  ALL financial aid submissions will be granted within 48 hours.  After your financial aid is granted, you will receive an email to complete your registration.  If your registration is not completed within 48 hours your spot will be given away.


Car Talk

Car Talk is a great tool for parents and other adults to interact with the participants and to review the life skills and golf skills that they learned in class. Car Talk is a quick overview of what participants learned during a lesson and guiding questions to help reinforce the life skills, golf skills, and core values off of the golf course and/or away from First Tee. Parents can ask questions in the car ride home, at the table, or at other appropriate moments.

We know that young people do not automatically transfer what they have learned at First Tee to other areas of their lives. Although, each class at First Tee ends with a “bridge to life” (wrap up) this is not enough by itself to ensure that behavior change takes place away from First Tee. By providing a tool for parents to engage their children in, Car Talk, we can further increase the probability that participants will be able to apply the life skills and core values at home and in other areas of their lives.

The Car Talk topics for each week of the session will be posted on this page for the upcoming week.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Program Director: Megan Parayno or (559) 277-9565.