FAQs

What is the purpose of The First Tee? 

The First Tee is a 501c3 nonprofit youth development organization. Its purpose is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

The mission of The First Tee: 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.

At what age can a person participate in The First Tee? 

The First Tee Life Skills Experience, delivered through The First Tee chapters, is designed for young people ages 8-18. Some chapters offer modified programs for younger participants. All of The First Tee facilities are public facilities and have open times for participants of all ages.   The First Tee National School Program serves young people in kindergarten through 5th grade.

What is The First Tee Life Skills Experience?   

The Life Skills Experience is carried out at chapters of The First Tee and is one of the unique features that separates us from many other junior golf programs.  The First Tee Life Skills Experience is used to further enhance and instill the inherent values of the game of golf, and show participants how these values transfer into other aspects of their lives.  Students learn about responsibility, courtesy, how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences, how to set goals, how to define those goals, the importance of maintaining a positive attitude as well as the importance of showing respect for others. Learn More »

What is a chapter of The First Tee?   

The First Tee network includes approximately 200 chapters located throughout the U.S. and four international locations. The chapters conduct The First Tee Life Skills Experience at programming locations including golf courses and driving ranges. Each chapter is its own non-profit, tax exempt entity granted a license to promote The First Tee brand and to use The First Tee curriculum.

What is The First Tee National School Program?

The First Tee National School Program introduces golf, The First Tee Nine Core Values™ and The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes.

As an adult, how can I get involved with The First Tee?

There are many opportunities to get involved with The First Tee, including:

The best way to learn more about opportunities in your area is to contact the chapter nearest you.

The First Tee does not have a presence in my community. How can I bring The First Tee to my area?

There are a few ways you can bring The First Tee to your community.

  1. The First Tee National School Program  - introduces elementary students to golf during physical education class. This does not require chapter status.  To bring the National School Program to your community, there is a one-time cost of $3,250 per school.  The First Tee National School Program establishes a lifelong interest in golf by engaging children in a structured golf curriculum, while enforcing The First Tee Nine Core Values and The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits.   The number of children reached will compound each year, exposing children to the game of golf who may not otherwise have the opportunity.  
      
  2. Develop a chapter - This process takes about two years and includes developing a 501c3 tax exempt entity. It also requires strong local leadership to run a successful program.  The average annual cost to run a chapter is $150,000 to $200,000 which is raised locally.  You may also consider working with an existing chapter to become a programming location that is close to your area. 

    Please contact the Director of Regional Affairs in your area for more information.
     
  3. The First Tee DRIVE is the perfect activity for young people as it Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone. The First Tee DRIVE is a set of 18 golf activity plans designed to provide a fun, engaging program which exposes young people to the behaviors associated with The First Tee’s Nine Core Values. This activity-based program has been specifically designed and written for youth serving organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA. By using a golf platform, our goal is to extend the life skills and Nine Core Values of The First Tee to young people who may not previously have been exposed to the game of golf. The program activity plans are designed in a way that allows for indoor and outdoor set up to fit a variety of locations such as gymnasiums, basketball courts, baseball, football, and soccer fields. For more information, please contact Tony Powell at (904) 940-4335 or [email protected].

    You can also visit The First Tee locations map, www.thefirsttee.org/locations, to see if there is already a chapter in your area. There may be an opportunity to partner with an existing chapter as an additional location. 

How did The First Tee get its start?

In 1997, The First Tee began bringing golf to young people that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values. Learn more about the history of The First Tee.

Where is The First Tee home office?    

The First Tee home office is located at the World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, in St. Augustine, Fla.