First Tee Tulsa offers programs and instruction which focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle.
Our program operates year round: spring, summer, fall and winter. The spring, summer and fall sessions are held at Mohawk Park Golf Course, Page Belcher Golf Course, and The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge in Sand Springs. The winter session is a program taken into area schools exposing the First Tee, the game of golf and it’s inherent values to school children who most likely would not play the game.
Students ages 8-18 are welcome to register. There are eight levels of promotion in the program – Sorenstam, Jones, Hogan, Whitworth, Palmer, Birdie, Eagle and Ace. Each level has a different curriculum to follow which addresses different life skills and golf skills for students to master.
All PLAYers begin at the Sorenstam Level. Our members will receive a First Tee gift and certificate in a ceremony held on the last day of class.
Youth groups who would not ordinarily be exposed to the game are given the first opportunity to enroll as a group before registration for the general public begins. All youth groups are welcome on a first-come first-serve basis. Group leaders who would like more information should contact Janice Gibson at 918-591-4168 and also watch for notices on the home page regarding the procedure to enroll a group (space is limited in the classes). After the deadline for groups to enroll has past, the general public is offered a class and the left over spaces the groups did not fill. This registration is on a first-come first-serve basis approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the first week of the session. All kids in the age range of 8-18 are welcome! Registration is required as space is limited.
Generally, classes are held once a week for 8 weeks in a row. In the spring, approximately 700 students register for the program; in the summer about 800 kids sign up for the 8 week period & approximately 600 students participate in the in the fall.
The winter session is a unique program, in which The First Tee of Tulsa goes into the gym classes during school hours, to expose the children to the game of golf.
Each level of the program has a golf and life skill curriculum in which First Tee staff follows. Golf Professional Janice Gibson trains and directs the staff on how to teach the students at First Tee Tulsa. Our goal is to maintain a student/instructor ratio of 8:1 to enhance the learning process.
As part of The First Tee Certification Process, participants must demonstrate that they understand and can apply the core life skills by answering written questions and performing golf and life skills. When they meet certification requirements and the age requirements, they progress to the next level.