Our program maintains age-appropriate subject matter at each level and offers enhanced and extended instruction at all levels.

  • Youth ages 5-17 may participate
  • Instruction and practice at Fairway Hills Golf Club
  • Registrations are accepted on a first come/first serve basis, with a percentage of spaces reserved for participants in economic need
  • Only one level may be taken at a time
  • There is a registration fee of $60 for TARGET Level, $90 for PLAYer/PAR, $100 for BIRDIE, $120 for EAGLE and $150 for ACE.

Scholarships are available upon request on the application. The registration fee or scholarship request must be included with the application form.

THE FIRST TEE CURRICULUM IS COMPRISED OF AGE BASED LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION

TARGET LEVEL: An outreach program for younger students age 5 and 6 comprised of eight lessons (one hour each). This is a non-certified level of instruction.

PLAYer LEVEL: NEW entry level for ALL students age 7 and older comprised of eight lessons (90 minutes each). All participants must complete the PLAYer Level before going in to the other certified levels.

                                    PLAYer Level Certification Requirements
(Participant is at least 7 years of age by August 31)

Attendance During the eight-week session at the end of which participants intend to move up, they MUST have attended six out of eight classes. A minimum of 10-30 hours of training (at least two 8-week sessions) is required, depending on individual student’s age and skill level.
Homework It is critical that students complete the homework assignments given each week by their coaches. These are found in the Yardage Book they receive appropriate to the level of training. It is also imperative that they find time to practice their golf skills between classes.
Learn Pass a Life Skills/Healthy Habits test composed of 12 questions by scoring 10 out of 12
Appreciate Pass a Golf Knowledge test composed of 10 questions by scoring 8 out of 10
Putting Complete one nine-hole putting round (during class time) from distances of 10, 20, and 30 feet quickly, safely and courteously. There is no maximum score
Age The participant must pass the above tests and skills, and achieve the minimum age of nine (9) not later than the first day of the next Par session in order to progress to the next level.

Note that putting is the only golf requirement at the PLAYer Level, and the Golf Fundamentals presented are: Distance Response, Target Orientation, and Get Ready to Swing (grip, hold, stance).

PAR LEVEL: For beginning golfers age 9 and 10 (and older) who have completed the PLAYer Level of instruction, this level of instruction is comprised of 8 lessons (90 minutes each) and includes all the basics such as golf course components, types of golf clubs and the fundamentals of the golf swing.

PAR Level Certification Requirements
(Participant has passed PLAYer level and is at least 9 years of age by August 31)

Attendance During the eight-week session at the end of which participants intend to move up, they MUST have attended six out of eight classes. A minimum of 36 hours of training (at least three 8-week sessions) is required, depending on individual student’s age and skill level.
Homework It is critical that students complete the homework assignments given each week by their coaches. These are found in the Yardage Book they receive appropriate to the level of training. It is also imperative that they find time to practice their golf skills between classes.
Life Skills Pass a Life Skills/Healthy Habits test composed of 18 questions by scoring 15 out of 18
Golf Skills Pass a Golf Knowledge test composed of 15 questions by scoring 12 out of 15
Putting Pass a putting test consisting of 9 holes from 10, 20, and 30 feet quickly, safely and courteously, counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 27
Short Game Pass a three-hole short game test (chipping and putting) from distances of 5. 10 and 15 yards (from the rough to the green), counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 12.
Age The participant must pass the above tests and skills, and achieve the minimum age of eleven (11) not later than the first day of the next Birdie session in order to progress to the next (Birdie) level.
Rounds The First Tee requires Par students to play one nine-hole round of golf on a regulation golf course from a total distance of 1,500 to 1,900 yards, counting all strokes and penalties, achieving a minimum score of 72, turning in an attested (witnessed) score card.

Par level involves the Golf Fundamentals of Distance Response, Target Orientation, and “Get Ready to Swing,” (grip, hold, stance), and adds Body Balance and Clubface and Ball Contact.

BIRDIE LEVEL: For intermediate golfers age 11 and 12 (and older), this level of instruction is comprised of eight lessons (two hours each) and includes all the skills of playing golf such as swing mechanics, rules of the game and managing your game with different clubs. Participants must have successfully completed the PAR Level of instruction.

Birdie Level Certification Requirements
(Participant has passed PLAYer & Par levels & will be 11 years old by August 31)

Attendance During the eight-week session at the end of which participants intend to move up, they MUST have attended six out of eight classes. A minimum of 48 hours (at least three 8-week sessions) of training is required, depending on individual student’s age and skill level.
Homework It is critical that students complete the homework assignments given each week by their coaches. These are found in the Yardage Book they receive appropriate to the level of training. It is also imperative that they find time to practice their golf skills between classes.
Life Skills Pass a Life Skills/Healthy Habits test composed of 24 questions by scoring 20 out of 24
Golf Skills Pass a Golf Knowledge test composed of 20 questions by scoring 16 out of 20
Putting Pass a putting test consisting of 9 holes from 10, 20, and 30 feet quickly, safely and courteously, counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 23
Short Game Pass a six-hole short game test (chipping and putting) from distances of 5. 10 and 15 yards (from the rough to the green), counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 21.
Greens Pass a full-swing test, hitting six balls to a green 55-75 yards away, three of the six balls coming to rest on the green.
Age The participant must pass the above tests and skills, and achieve the minimum age of thirteen (13) not later than the first day of the next Eagle session in order to progress to the next (Eagle) level.
Rounds Before certification at the Birdie level and before registration for Eagle level, each participant must play five nine-hole rounds of golf on a regulation golf course from a total distance of 1,900 to 2,500 yards, counting all strokes and penalties, achieving a maximum score of 63, turning in five attested (witnessed) score cards. Only then may they be enrolled at Eagle level.

Birdie level presents the Golf Fundamentals of Distance Response, Target Orientation, Get Ready to Swing, Body Balance, Clubface and Ball contact, and adds Swing Rhythm and Pre- and Post-Shot Routines.

EAGLE LEVEL: For advanced golfers age 13 and older, this level of instruction is comprised of eight lessons (two hours each) and includes demonstrations and practice for the challenges that golfers face such as sand (bunker) play and specialty shots. Participants must have successfully completed the BIRDIE Level of instruction.

Eagle Level Certification Requirements
(Participant has passed PLAYer, Par and Birdie, and will be 13 years old by August 31)

Attendance During the eight-week session at the end of which participants intend to move up, they MUST have attended six out of eight classes. A minimum of 64 hours (at least four 8-week sessions) of training is required, depending on individual student’s age and skill level (60 minimum class hours).
Homework It is critical that students complete the homework assignments given each week by their coaches. These are found in the Yardage Book they receive appropriate to the level of training. It is also imperative that they find time to practice their golf skills between classes.
Mentoring This is also the level at which participants should begin to “give back” to golf, by serving as youth mentors to our youngest participants, usually at the TARGET level (5-6 year-olds) by assisting First Tee Coaches with class presentation on Saturday or Sunday mornings or afternoons.
Life Skills Pass a Life Skills/Healthy Habits test composed of 30 questions by scoring 24 out of 30
Golf Skills Pass a Golf Knowledge test composed of 25 questions by scoring 20 out of 25
Putting Pass a putting test consisting of 18 holes from 10, 20, and 30 feet quickly, safely and courteously, counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 18
Short Game Pass a nine-hole short game test (chipping and putting) from distances of 5. 10 and 15 yards (from the rough to the green), counting all strokes and penalties, and achieving a maximum score of 27.
Greens Pass a full-swing test, hitting six balls to a green 80-100 yards away, three of the six balls coming to rest on the green.
Fairways Pass a full-swing fairway (or range) test, hitting six balls, three of which must travel a distance of 160-190 yards, and come to rest in an actual or stipulated fairway 40 yards in width.
Age The participant must pass the above tests and skills, and achieve the minimum age of fourteen (14), or attain High School Freshman status not later than the first day of the next ACE session in order to progress to the next (ACE) level.
Rounds Before certification at the Eagle level, and before registration at the ACE level, each Eagle participant must play ten (10) eighteen-hole rounds of golf on a regulation golf course from a total distance of 5,000 to 6,000 yards, counting all strokes and penalties, achieving a maximum score of 108, turning in ten  attested (witnessed) score cards. Only then may they consider enrolling at ACE level.

Eagle level presents the Golf Fundamentals of Distance Response, Target Orientation, Get Ready to Swing, Body Balance, Clubface and Ball contact, Swing Rhythm and Pre- and Post-Shot Routines, and adds the last two fundamentals, Ball Flight and On-course Strategies.

ACE LEVEL: For golfers age 14 and older who have been certified at the EAGLE Level of instruction. This program offers Portfolio Development, Golf Skill Improvement and Mentoring Opportunities.

Ace Level Certification Requirements
(Participant has passed all previous levels and is 14 years old or
a high school freshman by August 31)

Putting, Short Game, Greens, Fairways At Ace level, there are no specific requirements for these individual skills, although we continue to practice all four golf skills and all nine golf fundamentals. Participants are responsible for creating their own training plans (with coach assistance as needed) and reassessing them based on their initial and continuing assessments of strengths and weaknesses.
Age Ace participants must have attained the age of 14 by the end of the current program year (August 31), or be a rising high school freshman by that date.
Eagle qualifications and Rounds To qualify for ACE, participants must have passed all Eagle requirements, and have had their 10 18-hole rounds with maximum score 108 attested, all qualifying scores completed before enrolling in Ace.
USGA Handicap Ace participants must have a USGA handicap established by the time of their first ACE session, and during the two years of their qualifying, must enter at least 15 new, 18-hole scores into the Handicap System. The 15 qualifying scores MUST be equal to or better than an Eagle qualification round (108 strokes maximum) played from same or longer distances (5,000-6,000 yards).
Plan for Life and Career Possibilities During their 12-24-month time in Ace, Ace certification aspirants must have a required minimum of three informational interviews with three different businesses and/or organizations of potential career interest.
Give Back to Community Ace participants must accumulate a minimum of 48 hours of coaching or mentoring (volunteering) at the chapter, or other youth development or community organizations.
Explore Educational Opportunities Ace certification aspirants must research and contact (email, telephone, and/or in-person) a minimum of three different colleges/universities/technical or vocational schools.
Exit Interview Upon completion, but prior to submission for evaluation of the completed four project Ace Yardage Book, Ace certification aspirants must complete an exit interview with a chapter level representative or Board Member. The individual who interviews the Ace certification aspirant must write a letter of recommendation stating why this participant deserves to become Ace-certified. A signed letter must be submitted to the Home Office as part of the final Ace materials.

THE FIRST TEE LIFE SKILLS EXPERIENCE™

The First Tee will give young people a place to learn and play golf. Beyond introducing them to the game, the program aims to provide participants with an opportunity to acquire skills that will help them lead more productive and satisfying lives. These skills, such as self-control, goal setting and dealing with challenges are valuable in playing the game itself. They can also enhance every facet of a young person’s life outside the golf setting. This program, called The First Tee Life Skills Experience, is designed to use golf as a vehicle for helping young people develop those attributes for the rest of their lives.

The First Tee Life Skills Experience is incorporated with each level of golf instruction and is a fun and rewarding way for The First Tee participants to interact with each other and their instructors. The First Tee Life Skills Experience consists of two “flights” – junior (ages 8 – 11) and senior (ages 12 – 18). These “flights” parallel the sequence for golf instruction and are divided into three levels: Par, Birdie and Eagle.

FIRST TEE POLICIES

If a class is full we will generate a waiting list. We must maintain our coach to student ratio of 6 to 1. We will contact you if a space becomes available after the first class session. If you register late or decide to come in the day of the first class and the class is full we will not be able to accommodate you in that session unless space opens up.

If a student is going to miss a class they must ask the coach what material and/or homework they will miss for the next class. We cannot provide a make-up in another class at the same level since that class may not be taught at the same pace and may be full itself.

We ask that you schedule your arrivals for class at least 10 minutes early. In that way we can take care of registration and have the class ready to begin at its appointed hour.

Students who are being picked up after their session will be asked to wait either on the veranda area or in The First Tee Learning Center.

The First Tee shirt and cap shall be worn at all classes as well as having the class yardage book at every class.