Par Level Certification Requirements
(Participant has passed PLAYer Level and is at least 9 years of age)
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.
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.