We aren't just teaching golf; we’re Building Game Changers. Our programs empower kids and teens to be the best version of themselves. With an integrated golf and life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that help kids build confidence–both on and off the course.

Core Golf & Life Skills

Why First Tee?

Our programs strengthen character. Your child will develop skills that stay with them for life:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Fundamental golf skills and techniques
Program Levels

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)
  • 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

We host spring, summer, and fall 8-week Core Program sessions at eight local golf courses (locations may vary by season):

  • Charleston Municipal, James Island
  • Patriots Point Golf Links, Mount Pleasant
  • Dunes West Golf & River Club, Mount Pleasant
  • Shadowmoss Golf Club, West Ashley
  • Wescott Golf Club, North Charleston
  • The Club at Pine Forest, Summerville
  • Berkeley Country Club, Moncks Corner
  • Wrenwoods Golf Course, Joint Base Charleston (open only to military families with base access)