If you have any additional questions, please contact Dolly Davis at dolly@firstteedc.org.

What is the mission of First Tee – Greater Washington, DC?

First Tee is an international youth character development organization dedicated to the mission of impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

Pre-Class General Information and Recommendations:

    • Please review all guidelines recommended by the CDC and Local Health Department
    • Please review with your child:
      • Proper hand washing technique (minimum of 20 seconds) with soap and warm water
      • Proper use of Hand sanitizer
      • The importance of not touching ones face
      • Clubs and personal equipment is not to be shared
    • Virus Prevention Procedure:
      • Health Screenings for players
        • Each day of class, parents will scan a QR Code and answer some health screening questions about their child(ren). 
        • If the player fails the health screening they will not be able to participate in the class
      • Participant’s temperatures will be taken at certain locations. 
  • Wearing a mask will be at the discretion of the parent/child
  • Mask Guidelines at each program location will still be enforced
      • This is in case social distancing measures cannot be maintained
  • Participating in the First Tee – Greater Washington, DC is ultimately the choice and full responsibility of each family.  
    • The First Tee – Greater Washington, DC has put into place preventative measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19, however, the First Tee of Greater Washington, DC cannot guarantee that you or your child will not become infected with COVID-19
  • When should someone stay home?
    • If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19
    • If you are feeling sick
    • If you have a fever
    • If someone in your household has had any Cold/Flu symptoms in the past 72 hours

Arrival at class/Drop-Off/Check-in Procedures

  • Prior to the start of class you will receive an email with specific information for that class.
  • All Classes will have a QR Code parents will scan upon arrival
  • Children 16 years old and over who are driving a sibling to class may check-in.  A child under 16 must have an adult to check-in

During First Tee Class:

  • Virus Protection Procedures
    • Maintain Social Distancing guidelines
      • Extra Space between hitting stations
      • Practicing Social Distancing when transitioning between stations
    • Physical Contact is to be avoided at all times
      • In place of High-Fives and Handshakes, players will create and use alternative methods
        • Hand Signals, Dances, Verbal Cues, tapping of putter heads
    • Group Size: Varies by location but capacity is between 8-15 participants  (8:1 ratio)
    • Parents & family members must remain outside the learning environment
      • This includes the practice areas as well as on course with the players.

How do I register for classes?

Click here to register for classes. If you need additional assistance please contact Dolly Davis at dolly@firstteedc.org.  To receive email notifications with class, events and program information, create an account from our website.

How old must my child be to register for classes?

Children must be seven (7) years old to eighteen (18) years old before or during any program session.  Children who are six (6) years old can be registered if their birth date falls within any current session.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some classes have decreased capacity and changed the age requirements at some locations in some classes.  Contact Dolly Davis for more information.

Does it matter where I live to enroll my child in classes?

There are no residency requirements.

Does my child need prior golf experience?

There is no prior golf experience needed.  Our coaches are trained in positive youth development.  That means they are experts in making young people feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.

Is equipment provided or does my child need to bring clubs?

Equipment is provided at some locations.  Contact our office to determine which location will provide borrowed golf clubs.  Children may bring their own clubs.  We are not responsible for missing items.  Ensure your child gives borrowed clubs back to their coach before leaving the course.  And, ensure all personal clubs are in their bags before leaving class.

US Kids Golf Club Partnership

Our chapter has a partnership with US Kids where families can purchase clubs at a discounted price.  If you are interested in clubs for your participants, take a look at US Kids Website.  Once you know what you would like or have any questions, email Roger Brown, rbrown@firstteedc.org.

Golf Giveaway Events

We offer two (2) giveaway events per year.  Registered participants can receive borrowed golf clubs, golf bags and more!  The Vernon Nelson Memorial Golf Giveaway in February and a Summer Golf Giveaway in July are FREE events families can enjoy.  The giveaway events are held in the parking lot at East Potomac Golf Links (Hains Point), 972 Ohio Drive, SW Washington, DC.  Parents can “shop til you drop” for donated clothing items, shoes and golf accessories.  Sizes and quantities are limited.  Raffles, prizes and games.  Bring your own shopping bag and have a family fun day!

When are classes held?

Classes are offered four (4) times per year: Spring I (mid-March to end-of-April); Spring II (end-of-April to mid-June); Summer (early July to end of August) and Fall (mid-September to mid-October).  Specific class times and days vary by location.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scheduling has changed due to safety precautions and restrictions set forth by our golf course partners.

When is registration held for each session?

Registration is usually held 30 days prior to the start of each session (i.e. early February for Spring I session that starts in March).  Classes fill quickly so please pay attention to emails when to register.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held at several golf facilities throughout DC, Northern Virginia, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.  To find a location near you please visit our locations page.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, locations have changed due to safety precautions and restrictions set forth by our golf course partners.

Can I register for more than one class during the week?

No. The curriculum is offered at each location each day during any week of classes.  We ask that parents choose one class per week in a given session.  If a class is full you may register for the Wait List for that class, then choose another class at any location that may be an alternative.  If/when a class is available and you’re next on the Wait List, an automatic email will be sent to you to register for the vacancy.

Waitlist Procedures

If a class is full, sign up for the waitlist (if available).  If/when a vacancy occurs, you will receive an system generated email with registration instructions.  You will have 48 hours in which to register for the vacancy.  If you do not register within that period, the automatic message will revert to the next family on the waitlist until the class capacity has been achieved.  If you do register for the class, complete registration and submit for payment.  Your child will appear on our roster as registered.

Class arrival time

We ask that all parents arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time.  This will allow all participants to receive any information from our coaches, staff or volunteers, receive any materials needed and warm-up prior to class.  Ensure your child uses the restroom or comfort station prior to class time and bring a water bottle.  If your child is late for class, we ask parents to walk their child to the class location.  After class, promptly pick up your child at the check-in area.

What happens if my child is absent from class? Will my child be offered a make-up class?

If your child is absent from class, we do not offer a make-up class.  We reiterate our curriculum each session so that participants will receive instructions they may have missed.

Further, we require that all children who receive Financial Aid from our program attend no less than 4 classes during their session enrollment.  They must arrive on time and be in good standing with our program to be considered for future aid.

What is the class duration?

Classes range from 1.25 – 1.5 hours long, depending on the location and/or certification level.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some class duration periods have changed due to safety precautions and restrictions set forth by our golf course partners.

Inclement Weather Policy

Our inclement weather policy varies by program location.  We will notify families by 2:00 pm or earlier weekdays; by 7:00am for weekend classes if the class will be cancelled.  If you do not receive an email from us, please assume that classes will commence as usual.  Please make sure to check your email.  We do our best to offer a make-up class for classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.  However we will provide up to one (1) make-up class in any session.  Note that we reiterate our curriculum during each session so that participants will receive instruction they may have missed.

Please do not attempt to attend classes during extreme weather conditions (blustery winds, lightning, thunder, flooding, etc.). Classes will be cancelled and an email will alert everyone that class will be canceled for that day.

Refunds and Transfer Policy

  • 100% Refund prior to the start of class
  • 75% Refund if requested during the first 2 WEEKS of classes
  • No refund will be issued after the second week of programming


  • Transfers may be made up to ONE WEEK prior to the start of classes
  • After the start of a session, NO transfers are permitted


Holiday Schedule

First Tee – Greater Washington, DC observes all Federal Holidays. Our offices will be closed and no classes held on Federal Holidays.  Please mark your calendars!

What should my child wear?

Children are required to wear neat attire including collared shirts (boys shirt tucked inside), shorts, pants, slacks, skorts (girls), golf shoes or sneakers and a hat or visor. NO holes in clothing, baggie jeans, spandex or gym shorts, football, soccer or baseball uniforms, flip flops or crocs allowed. Children should be dressed appropriately for the game of golf and according to weather conditions.

What are classes like? (What is the child-to-coaches ratio?)

Classes are implemented by trained coaching staff and volunteers. Class sizes are 6:1-8:1 ratio. Participants are grouped by age and skill level. Groups are led through a variety of golf skills on the course including putting, pitching, chipping and full-swing while the First Tee Life-Skills Experience is seamlessly included in the on-course curriculum.

What gate do I use to get to Fort Belvoir Golf Club?

Without DOD ID Card:
Weekdays: Use the Tulley Gate (9500 Pohick Rd, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060) off of Route 1 to enter the post.
Weekends: Use the Leiber Gate (off of Route 1 across from the Pence Gate)
With DOD ID Card use the Kingman Gate

Can parents volunteer as a coach with First Tee – Greater Washington, DC?

Adults may consider becoming a Volunteer. Please visit our Volunteer Page for more information.

  • Parents can assist the First Tee – Greater Washington DC (FTDC) staff in helping to determine the future direction of programming by communicating what participants want to receive from their program.
  • Communicate to fellow parents on the activities of the Chapter (i.e., Parent Newsletter).
  • Volunteer during check-in time for programming and help in the organization of the East Potomac Club donation room (when needed).
  • Assist with golf give-away events held twice per year (sorting wearable items, clubs, accessories, coordination and set-up).  Annual events will be announced via email to all families in our system
  • Help recruit new participants and parents, who have not previously heard of First Tee
  • Lead our PGA Junior League Teams at golf network sites

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Nicole Verdin, nverdin@firstteedc.org.

What are Player levels?

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 The 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.

Click here to learn more about the levels and Certification Requirements

How do I determine what level my child is currently?

All young people new to First Tee enter at the PLAYer Level.  The PLAYer classes are split up by age and golf ability.  As participants attend classes they learn the life and golf skills needed to move up to the next level within the program.
Click here to watch a video to see what level your child is in. 

What is the evaluation process? When will my child be evaluated?

Evaluation is determined by the child’s proficiency in on-or-off course study. Coaches and staff conduct a review of each child’s proficiency in First Tee Life Skills Experience (Nine-Core Values) and Golf Knowledge (skills learned on the course). Evaluations are offered on a rolling basis. After the child has been evaluated and has passed both the First Tee Life Skills Experience (80% or higher) and Golf Skills Knowledge (80% or higher), the child will elevate to the next certification level upon activation in the next session

My child has special needs. Is your program inclusive?

We accept children with special needs. However, we understand that there are children that may have cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities therefore we may not be able to accommodate some participants due to program location accessibility. We respectfully request parents to contact us to discuss their child’s needs.

My child is an Honor Roll student. Will he/she receive recognition?

Yes! First Tee recognizes A/B Honor Roll recipients with a Certificate of Achievement twice per year (Spring & Fall). Parents provide us with notification during registration and we’ll ensure their child(ren) receives recognition of achievement.

Does your chapter visit community groups with your program?

First Tee – Greater Washington, DC offers Outreach programming at community sites throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. Outreach is designed as an introduction to First Tee Life Skills Experience. It was developed to introduce young people to golf in a safe environment that promotes curiosity about the game while integrating essential links between golf and life skills seamlessly. These early, positive experiences may help young people develop an immediate interest in opportunities available at First Tee, as well as a life-long interest in the game of golf. Groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington, DC, DC Parks & Recreation, Arlington Parks & Recreation, National Capitol YMCA, Girls Scouts of the Nations Capital and many more are represented by our Outreach program offering.

Emergency contact information

In the event of an emergency during which your child needs immediate medical assistance we ask our parents to provide us with an emergency contact during registration.  Please ensure this information is listed so that in case of an emergency we can contact either the parent/guardian or family member.

Private Lessons at an area Golf Course

If you’d like to obtain private lessons for your family, search a golf course near your home or use our Locator to find a golf course.  Many golf courses offer private or small group lessons for adults and juniors.  To find a golf course in our territory, go to https://firstteedc.org/locations/ 

Your First Visit to a Golf Course

Going to the golf course for the first time is a great way to learn more about the game of golf, the rich history of the game and brings a lifetime of family fun. We are fortunate in the DC Metro Area to have a number of public courses you and your family can visit.  Search a golf course near your home and view their website or you can visit one of our program locations (click here to see locations). Find information regarding their hours of operation and clarify location directions if needed.  Give them a call to see if they’re open as all golf course hours are not the same.

Things to remember when you visit a golf course:

  • It’s a good idea to dress the sport by wearing golf clothing when visiting any golf course. A collared shirt, khaki pants, shorts or skorts for ladies, short socks, golf shoes or sneakers, a hat or visor.  No jeans, flip-flops/slides, athletic gear (football, basketball, soccer), ripped, tight or revealing clothing.
  • Bring your clubs when visiting a golf course. Keep a minimum of 3 practice golf balls in your bag. Leave your golf bag and clubs outside the building.  Posted signs show a place to secure your items.
  • Read all signs when you arrive to any golf course. Be aware of your surroundings, where you are parked, where you are walking and facility directions.
  • Remember all golf courses do not offer First Tee programming.  Check out locations to find where classes are held.
  • Visit the Pro Shop upon arrival for information about the golf course, practice areas, rates and fees, classes, learn basic rules and protocols. Don’t be shy to ask questions.
  • Ask about group or individual golf classes with a professional instructor. Consider one-on-one professional instructions for your child to help them with their development.  This option makes a great gift or incentive for good behavior and a job well done.
  • Use of the driving range, putting green(s) and chipping/pitching area(s) are free of charge. The only cost is to purchase driving range balls at the Pro Shop. Fees for range balls are offered.
  • Practice areas are quiet places. Keep your voices low to limit distractions when others are using the course.
  • Bring bottled water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized or visit the snack bar or grille (check for availability). Facilities usually offer indoor and outdoor seating areas.
  • Please use recycling areas where posted and dispose of trash properly.
  • When you’ve ended your day of practice ensure you have all your clubs and items with you prior to leaving the practice areas.
  • Remember you can always ask your First Tee coach for advice while visiting the golf course