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.

On the Golf Course

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

Advancing through the Program

Participants progress through levels by demonstrating inner strength, character, and the life and golf skills they have learned. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level.

  • Introduction to the First Tee program (ages 5 and older)
  • PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee it 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 age 13) – 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

PGA Junior League

PGA Junior League is open to both boys and girls, 13 and under, of all skill levels and abilities. No prior golf experience is needed to participate on a team!

Teams play four 9-hole matches in a two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and creating a nurturing environment for learning the game. Coaches can also substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate.

To learn more about the PGA Junior League team at Butternut Creek Golf Complex, contact Ryan McGinnis, PGA at [email protected]

LPGA/USGA Girls Golf

Provides girls with quality golf instruction led by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals or certified coaches from First Tee.  To learn more, contact  Daria Webber, Program Director at [email protected].