Parent’s Guide to The First Tee!
Upon registering in the First Tee program, students begin working toward successfully completing First Tee Golf and Life Skills Curriculum. First Tee Curriculum is nationally acclaimed and based on a progressive model that takes participants through 5 certification levels: PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE, EAGLE, and ACE. The length of time needed to advance from one level to the next will vary from student to student. It is not a race, but a journey, ensuring that each student receives the necessary tools to have a fun and rewarding life on and off the golf course. Participants are required to attend courses and successfully complete all of the golf and life skill requirements within each level. Before graduating to the next level of the program, they must also meet minimum age requirements.
Target: (Ages 5 & 6) – An exciting introduction to the First Tee experience. Young people will be introduced to golf in a safe environment that promotes curiosity about the game while integrating essential links between golf and life skills seamlessly.
PLAYer: (required minimum age 7) – Introduces playing the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and First Tee Code of Conduct, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game and developing a game plan for golf and life.
Par: (required minimum age 9) – Focuses on interpersonal communications and self-management skills.
Birdie: (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasizes goal setting.
Eagle: (recommended minimum age 13) – Emphasizes resilience skills, conflict resolution and planning for the future.
Ace: (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Once a young person has progressed through all program levels, he/she can become Ace-certified, focusing on setting goals for golf, career education and giving back to the community.
SUMMER PROGRAM – INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION CENTER!
When weather reporting agencies are indicating that severe weather or rain may not allow for a summer programming session to occur, we will do our best to announce program session cancellations here. As a courtesy to the many families participating with all sorts of scheduling challenges, our program director and coaches do their very best to announce cancelations 1 hour prior to the start of the earliest morning session and again 1 hour prior to the start of the earliest afternoon session. Program session cancelations will be posted under our “Weather Center” link located on our homepage so parents are encouraged to check the website first before calling the administrative offices.