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

Age-Based Curriculum

First Tee-Hawaii is moving from our current skills-based programs to age-based. Here is how that will look different to returning participants:

  • We will no longer use levels (Target, PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle) to determine program placement. Achieving Ace will still remain an important part of our program.
  • Participants will register and be grouped by age (5-6, 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14+), and will progress through the program as they “age up”.

Research & Key Findings

Advantages to age-based programming:

  • Children strongly prefer being with their own age group and to be in class with their friends
  • Kids learn more from a curriculum designed appropriately based on their cognitive development.
  • Participants are more likely to stay with First Tee longer and engage in the opportunities we provide to older students (leadership opportunities, scholarships).

Benefits to Kids & Families

By delivering our program to participants of the same age range, our goal is to create programs and experiences 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.

Age-Based Curriculum

What to Expect….

Which session should my participant sign up for?

  • Sign up for whichever class their age falls into at the start of the program session. Classes will be designed to accommodate both new and returning golfers of the same age.

How will current participants transition from their skill levels into the new age-based levels?

  • Participants will be in classes with their peers playing golf and participating in activity based learning. The accomplishments of golfers who have achieved certification at previous levels will still be honored, and these participants can reach out for clarification on which classes to sign up for.

Are the core values still part of the curriculum?

  • Yes! The values will still be highlighted in lessons and their positive attributes will be referred to throughout the program. We do not plan to lose the valuable content that is applicable and supportive to positive youth development.