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. First Tee offers programs in all 50 states through First Tee Chapters, The National School Program, and First Tee DRIVE. First Tee is expanding globally and currently offers programs at six international locations.
To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
First Tee offers group lessons to all kids and teens ages 5-18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is that kids come with an open mind and positive attitude.
First Tee and its chapters are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all participants and individuals affiliated with the organization. As part of our commitment, all employees, coaches and volunteers must complete a background check before working with our youth. In addition, all employees, coaches, volunteers and board members will be required to complete the SafeSport training program. Learn More
There are a few ways you can bring First Tee to your community.
- Bring 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 us.
- 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 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.