Join First Tee and learn more than a game

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What can my child do at First Tee – North Florida?

  • Attend classes and progress through the program levels
  • Play in our Tournament Series
  • Become an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Member
  • Attend weekly Summer Camps (Registration opens in early March)
  • Participate in local and national events

Besides golf, what will my child learn?

  • Character development by exploring The Nine Core Values. CLICK HERE to learn more.
  • How to properly introduce themselves to someone new
  • Ways to stay cool under pressure
  • Tools to handle conflict resolution
  • The difference between dreams and goals
  • The importance of planning for the future
  • Why it is important to appreciate diversity

What are the program levels?

All participants that are new to The First Tee must begin at the TARGET or PLAYer Level based on their age.

  • TARGET Level (5 & 6 year olds) – Serves as an introduction to The First Tee Life Skills Experience.
  • PLAYer Level (Ages 7 & Up) – Mandatory starting level for all new participants ages 7 and up.
  • Par Level – Focuses on interpersonal communications and self-management skills on and off the golf course.
  • Birdie Level – Emphasis on goal setting and making them a reality.
  • Eagle Level – Learn resilience skills, conflict resolution, and planning for the future.
  • Ace Level  – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

When are classes held?

The Golf and Life Skills Experience is offered in five week sessions with two each in the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. During each five week session, participants will meet for their scheduled program once per week for one to 1.5 hours.

2020 Program Dates:

TARGET & PLAYer Levels Session I Starts Session I Ends Session II Starts Session II Ends Session III Starts Session III Ends
Spring Monday, January 13th Saturday, February 15th Monday, February 24th Saturday, April 4th Monday, April 13th Saturday, May 16th
Summer Monday, June 1st Saturday, June 27th Monday, July 6th Saturday, August 1st N/A N/A
Fall Monday, August 17th Saturday, September 19th Monday, September 28th Saturday, October 31st Monday, November 9th Saturday, December 19th

Par Level & Up Session Starts Session Ends Playing Lessons Start Playing Lessons End
Spring Monday, January 27th Saturday, April 25th Monday, May 4th Saturday, May 23rd
Summer Monday, June 1st Saturday, August 1st Monday, August 3rd Saturday, August 22nd
Fall Monday, August 24th Saturday, November 21st Monday November 30th Saturday, December 19th


How Does my Child Advance through the Levels?

Eligible participants may advance to their next level by completing the following:

  • Meet the minimum programming hours requirement for current level
  • Complete the Yardage Book for current level
  • Pass a written Life Skills assessment
  • Pass a written golf knowledge assessment
  • Take a golf skill assessment

Each participant seeking to move to a higher level must demonstrate their understanding of the core golf and life skills. They will show their ability to apply the lessons learned both on and off the golf course.

NOTE: Each level of the program is designed so that the children who meet the minimum age requirement can understand the curriculum. Therefore older participants that are new to the program may be able to progress through the earlier levels without meeting the programming hours requirement. For more information, please contact our Director of Programming, Ron Castillo, at ron@firstteenorthflorida.org.