Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

Programs & Instruction

Children and young adults ages 5 through 17 can join First Tee – Tucson for a yearly fee of $30. A session fee ranging from $10 – $20 is charged for class session registrations. A session might include 1 class per week for 3 weeks or 1 class per week for 6 weeks. Each session fee includes enrollment in First Tee Golf and Life Skills Program which incorporates golf skills instruction along with a life skills curriculum.

Paralleling the structure of the golf instruction program, the First Tee Life Skills Experience is divided into four levels, starting with Target for children ages 5 and 6 and progressing through PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle.

Each participant is required to spend a certain amount of time in each level before being eligible to certify to the next level. See below for details:

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.

  • Introduction to the First Tee program (ages 5 and older)
    • Introduction to golf – Equipment provided at site.
  • 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
    • PLAYers must spend 2 sessions in each PLAYer 3, 6 & 9 Hole levels before being eligible to advance to the PAR Level.
  • Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course
    • Pre-Requisite: Complete PLAYer Level.
    • Hours Spent in PAR Level: 36
  • Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality
    • Pre-Requisite: Complete PLAYer and PAR levels.
    • Hours Spent in Birdie Level: 48
  • Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning
    • Pre-Requisite:  Complete PLAYer, PAR & BIRDIE levels.
    • Hours Spent in Birdie Level: 60
  • 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

Pre-Requisite: Complete PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE & EAGLE levels.

For more details about our facility and programs, please contact our offices at (520) 628-1555 or e-mail Vicky Gonzales at [email protected]