Chapter Programs at Golf Courses
First Tee uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for youth ages 8 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people. First Tee — Tulsa conducts programming at three golf courses: Mohawk Park Golf Course, Page Belcher Golf Course and The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge.
A Youth Program Unlike Any Other
First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:
- Making proper introductions
- Managing emotions
- Resolving conflicts
- Setting up step-by-step goals
- Planning for the future
- Appreciating diversity
Advancing through the Program
From age 8 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating the First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants, regardless of age, start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of First Tee is completing the Ace level.
- Sorenstam (required minimum age of 8) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
- Jones – Emphasis on introducing The Nine Core Values and developing basic golf skills.
- Hogan – Focus on utilizing The Nine Core Values on and off the golf course.
- Whitworth – The Nine Healthy Habits and development of the short game.
- Palmer – 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.