Chapter Programs at Golf Courses

The First Tee uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for youth ages 5 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, The First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

A Youth Program Unlike Any Other

The 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

Advancing through the Program

From age 4 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating The 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. TARGET level is an exception for participants ages 4-5 to be introduced to the game of golf at The First Tee of Lake County. The pinnacle of The First Tee is completing Ace.

  • TARGET (required minimum age 4) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • PLAYer & PLAYer Plus (required minimum age 6) – Some to little experience with golf and a continue to learn the game of golf along with The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par (recommended minimum age 10) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (recommended minimum age 13) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • High School (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Interested in playing competitive High School golf. Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the golf course while learning the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • 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.

Ask us about scholarships for financial need.

The Power of Relationships

“I consider my coaches at The First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” –alumnus

The First Tee coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.