what is the first tee?

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.

who can play?

The First Tee offers group lessons to all kids and teens ages 7-18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is that kids come with an open mind and positive attitude.

is there a location near me?

Click HERE to see a list of all of our current Central Coast locations from Northern Ventura County through San Luis Obispo County.

how can I bring the first tee to my area?

There are a few ways you can bring The First Tee to your community.

  1. Bring The First Tee National School Program to your elementary school: This program introduces elementary students to golf during physical education class.
  2. If you have a golf course near you that is interested in becoming a site for The First Tee Central Coast, contact Co-Executive Director Jessani Johnson at jessani.thefirsttee@gmail.com or (805)637-5042 or Billy Gibbs, our Program Director at billygibbs@pga.com or (805)219-0060.
  3. Bring The First Tee DRIVE to your local youth center: This activity-based program was specifically designed and written for youth-serving organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.
  4. Have one of our coaches do a Target Outreach for a group interested in learning more about The FirstTee.  Contact Billy Gibbs at billgibbs@pga.com.

what about golf equipment?

Chapters provide access to clubs and balls. No need for special golf attire.

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

Our coaches are trained in positive youth development. That means they are experts in making kids and teens feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.

how do youth build character through golf?

Each lesson is designed to foster golf skills as well as help youth understand and ultimately develop The First Tee Nine Core Values. And, research proves it works.

how do young people progress through the program?

Participants move through levels over time (PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace) that introduce new and more advanced concepts of golf and life skills that help build character on and off the course.

is there competition and physical activity?

Absolutely! Kids can burn up to 800 calories walking 9 holes of golf and coaches make lessons competitive while having fun. As participants get older, they have the chance to compete at national events held across the country. Ask your coaches about these!

financial concerns?

No worries—Our chapter offers financial aid for ANYONE that needs it!  No one is prohibited from joining for financial reasons.  See our financial aid policy now.