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 at 17 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.
Classes are 1.5 hours long at each location. 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
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 7 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating First Tee’s 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 age13) – 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.
Scholarships available for Military Families and those on Free or Reduced Lunch at school. Additional scholarships available, please contact Clint Sanchez, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
“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.