First Tee uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for youth ages 7 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.
Nine Core Values
First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:
- Making proper introductions
- Managing emotions
- Resolving conflicts
- Setting up step-by-step goals
- Planning for the future
- Appreciating diversity
From age 7 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of First Tee is completing Ace.
- PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
- Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
- Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
- Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
- Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.
First Tee – Monterey County offers Golf and Life Skills Sessions for participants between 5-17 years old every weekday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We also offer golf and life skills classes on Saturdays.
- Fall Programming: September 11 – November 21
- Winter Programming: November 29 – February 27
- Spring Programming: March 7 – May 22
- Summer Programming: June 6 – August 7
The series involves golf and life skills that will allow our youth of all backgrounds to develop through golf and character education and life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. This series includes content delivery and experiential activities, discussion, and reflection to help participants integrate these concepts into their personal and professional life.
Participants must be picked up by 6 p.m. Snacks are provided. To follow current rules and regulations stated by the CDC, space for after-school will be limited. The after school program is $75 for the 10 sessions. Members receive $25 off. Ask us about scholarships for financial needs.