Golf & Life Skills Experience

The First Tee uses the game of golf to talk to youth about:

  • Character development by focusing on Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
  • Properly introducing themselves
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity


Program Levels and Enrichment Focus

  • TARGET (required minimum age 5) – TARGET Outreach is designed as an introduction to The First Tee Life Skills Experience. No prior golf experience is necessary.
  • PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Introduces playing the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and The First Tee Code of Conduct, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game and developing a game plan for golf and life. No prior golf experience is necessary.
  • Par (recommended 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.


When are these classes held?

The Golf and Life Skills Experience is offered in nine week sessions; in which a participant attends one class a week for nine weeks. Three (3) sessions per year are offered at partnered golf facilities.

  • Spring Session: February through May
  • Summer Session: June through August
  • Fall Session: September through November

Note: Each participant must register to be a Junior Member prior to registering for The Golf and Life Skills Experience classes. Become a Junior Member Today!

2017 Registration Dates:

Sessions: Registration Open Registration Close Session Start Session End
Spring January 14th March 11th February 25th April 28th
Summer April 15th June 17th June 3rd August 4th
Fall July 22nd September 23rd September 9th November 10th


How Does my Child Advance through the Levels?

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

  • Core lesson exposure
  • Life skills application
  • Golf skills application
  • Life skills knowledge
  • Golf rules and etiquette 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.

CLICK HERE for Assessment and Certification information and requirements.