If you have any questions that are can not be answered by the answers below please contact us at 202-479-2588 or Dolly Davis at dolly@thefirstteedc.org.

How do I sign up for classes?

Click here to register for classes. If you need additional assistance please contact Dolly Davis at dolly@thefirstteedc.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.


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@thefirstteedc.org.

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.

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 email will be sent to you to register for the vacancy.

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.  Parents will receive a Parent Orientation at each first day of the new session.  We urge all parents to stay as new information is provided at each session.

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

What is the class duration?

Classes range from 1 to 1- 1/2 hours long, depending on the location.  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 weather policy varies by program location.  If the program locations offer an indoor space we will have class indoors, if no space is available then the class will be cancelled and rescheduled.  We will notify families by 2:00 pm if class will be cancelled.  Please make sure to check your email.

During extreme weather conditions (blustery winds, lightening, thunder, flooding, etc.) please don’t attempt to attend classes. Classes will be cancelled and an email, phone call or text will alert everyone that class will be canceled for that day.  We will do our best to offer a make-up class.

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.  Coaches will inform the class if they will be having classes.

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, baggie jeans, spandex or gym shorts allowed. Children should be dressed appropriately 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 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.

As an Adult how can I get involved 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 Golf Course Club Donation Room (when needed).
  • Assist with golf give-away events held twice per year (sorting wearable items, clubs, accessories, coordination and set-up).  Due to COVID-19 we have postponed all give-away events and accepting any donations until further notice.
  • 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@thefirstteedc.org.

What is the mission of First Tee?

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.

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 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 tFirst 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.


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:

  • 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 for information about the golf course, practice area locations, 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.
  • 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 some advice while visiting the golf course.