Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. This emphasis on life skills, in addition to the game of golf, is what makes our program so unique from other youth sports programs.

We are located at the Fairway Hills Golf Course in Columbia, Maryland, and also offer classes at other golf courses around Howard County for children ages 5-18, including co-ed classes, girls-only classes (ages 7 and up), and classes for special needs students (ages 9 and up). Each eight-week session meets weekly, with classes lasting  45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the age group. As a nonprofit, we strive to make our classes affordable to all, with session costs ranging from $60 – $150, depending on age/level. Please visit our Registration page for more details about schedules and signing up.

The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:

  • Making proper introductions
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

You may either register your child online or download an application form and bring it to The First Tee office at Fairway Hills.

Please call 410.730.1114 or email thefirsttee@columbiaassociation.org with any registration questions.