Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

Classes at Golf Courses

“For us as parents, the Nine Core Values were the attraction for the program. The First Tee helps us to reinforce these values in our home for both of our participants in the program.” -A First Tee – Greater Washington, DC Parent

We offer after-school and weekend programs golf facilities throughout DC, Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, MD and Prince George’s County, MD.  To find a location near you visit our locations page.  Classes occur during after school hours and on weekends, times and days vary throughout locations.  Young people attend class once a week during a session.  We offer 4 sessions throughout the year, Spring I (March – April), Spring II (May-June), Summer (July-August), and Fall (September-October).

 First Tee – Greater Washington, DC is not your typical youth sports program, we use golf to teach young people life lessons and leadership skills. Classes  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, The First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

Class structure

Each class consists of a physical warm-up, a core lesson, golf skill activities, and a wrap up.  Through a six week session, kids will go through six classes each class having a different lesson based off of First Tee’s Nine Core Values.

A Youth Program Unlike Any Other

Junior golf is just part of First Tee. Through our program that strengthens character, kids will learn life skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Scholarships available for Military Families and those on Free or Reduced Lunch at school.  Additional assitance can be requested during the registration process. To learn more about the financial assistance options click here.

Parent Testimonials

“Everything about The First Tee leads back to sportsmanship, respect for self and others. The thing that resonated the most with my daughter is the selflessness and passion of the coaches and staff to help every participant to learn the game and be the best person that they can be. That dedication has caused her to step up her commitment to golf. She now appreciates how this game can change a participant’s life.”

“My son has gained more confidence not only in his ability to play golf, but also in himself. He has become very proud of his achievements and wants to continue to work hard and reach greater goals, both on and off the course.”

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

First Tee’s 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.