Chapter Programs at Golf Courses

On the Golf Course

Junior golf is just part of First Tee. Through our program that strengthens character, kids will learn life skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like:
– Understanding and managing emotions
– Resolving conflicts
– Setting up step-by-step goals
– Planning for the future
– Appreciating diversity

Advancing through the program

Participants progress through levels by demonstrating inner strength, character, and the life and golf skills they have learned. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level.

Target (ages 5 and older) – An introduction to the First Tee Life Skills Experience
PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee it up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct
Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course
Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality
Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning
Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community

The Power of Relationships

“I consider my coaches at the First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” – alumnus

First Tee coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.

The fee for the summer program is $85/person. Reduced or no-cost fees are available for those who qualify.

For additional information or questions, please contact Philip Conover, Program Director, at 515-480-4209 or philip.conover@firstteecentraliowa.org