Our Core Values

Core Values

Playing the game of golf can improve your quality of life as there are many physical, emotional, and social benefits. At First Tee – Greater Charleston, we maximize those benefits with activity-based learning that reinforces Nine Core Values…


The quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive.
Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalies on themselves.


Strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct. Personal honesty and independence.
Golf is a game of honesty, etiquette and composure. You are responsible for your actions and personal conduct on the golf course.


Observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace.
You must know and abide by the rules of golf and be able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner.


To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
In golf it is important to show respect for yourself, your partners, your opponents and the golf course as well for the honor and traditions of the game.


Reliance or trust. Afeeling of self-assurance.
Confidence plays a role in the level of play you achieve. You must have confidence in your abilities everytime you play.


Accounting for one’s actions. Dependable.
In golf, you are responsible for yourself and your actions on the golf course. It is up to you to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair bal marks on the green and keep up with the pace of play.


To persist in an idea, pupose or task despite obstacles.
To succeed in golf, you must learn to persevere through bad breaks and your own mistakes.


Considerate behavior toward others. A polite remark or gesture.
A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Show courtesy toward others by remaining still and quiet while they prepare to execute a shot.


The ability to make a decision or form an opinion. A decision reached after consideration.
Using good judgement in critical in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy club selection, when to play it safe and when to take a chance, the type of shot you consider executing, as well as understanding and abiding by etiquette.

Key Commitments

As participants mature through our programs, we expand on Core Value curriculum with Key Commitments…

Pursuing Goals

Participants learn how to define goals and take steps to reach them on and off the golf course.

Growing through Challenge

Participants will learn how to play with perseverance and grow through challenges.

Collaborating with Others

Participants will learn how to build a Go-To Team and how to work with others to reach a common goal.

Building a Positive Self-Identity

Confidence is not something that children are born with. They develop it over time. Our curriculum reinforces belief in one’s self and abilities in all aspects of life.

Using Good Judgment

Participants learn to rely on themselves and fellow players to keep score. Unlike other sports, there is no referee, and participants will routinely practice honesty and integrity.