Commonly Asked Questions about First Tee

First Tee builds experiences that build character. As a youth development organization, we believe experiences are our greatest teacher and that they should be both fun and meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail and better equipped for whatever comes their way. Whether you are looking to join our program or still considering your options, here are commonly asked questions to get you started.

How do you build character through golf?

We see golf as a metaphor for life. It’s not the score that counts, but what you learn along the way. Like in life, golf requires goal setting, working with others and digging deep when things get tough (perseverance). Golf is a perfect practice ground for learning skills that go far beyond the fairways.

What if my child has never picked up a golf club before?

We know it can feel intimidating to start something new. Everyone was a beginner once and our coaches are trained in creating a supportive environment to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have fun while learning about themselves and golf.

Do I need to provide golf equipment for kids?

Chapters provide access to all the equipment you will need. No need for special golf attire.

Will my child be participating in a safe environment?

First Tee and its chapters are committed to having a safe and welcoming environment for everyone involved in the organization. As part of our commitment, all employees, coaches and volunteers must complete a background check before working with our youth. Plus, all employees, coaches, volunteers, and board members are required to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport training program.

Is there competition and physical activity?

Absolutely! First Tee is an activity-based program, so our lessons include movement that can range from games to walking/playing the course. As participants get older, they have the chance to compete at national events held across the country.

Is there a chapter near me?

We’re closer than you think. First Tee offers programs in all 50 states through First Tee chapters, School Programs, and after-school Community Programs. We also offer programs in a number of international locations.

What if I have financial concerns?

Our Chapter offers full scholarships or reduced fee programming for those who need it.

What is your Chapter’s Financial Aid policy?

In order to provide the best possible learning environment, we require that all participants receiving Financial Aid are actively involved in the program. Your child is required to attend a minimum of five out of the six classes that make up each session in order to keep their membership active.  Participants are able to make up missed classes by attending another class that we offer during that session in order to reach the minimum of five classes.  You may consult with our schedule and coaches to determine what make up class is best.  Please note that this Attendance Policy is in place because of our limited class sizes. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in a reassessment of your application for Financial Aid in the future.

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First Tee provides active learning experiences for youth that help build their inner strength, self-confidence and resilience. Find a chapter today!