New to The First Tee?


Our Mission:

To impact the lives of young people from all backgrounds by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.


WHAT is The First Tee of Greater Seattle?

We are a youth development organization headquartered in Seattle and serving all of King County through in-school and after school programs. Our curriculum helps young people develop golf and life skills in a positive learning environment, and promotes a healthier community through responsibility and stewardship.


WHERE does programming take place?

We host class at 10 local golf courses, and growing!

Visit our LOCATIONS page to see all the options.

We encourage you to visit and patronize each of these supporting facilities outside of regular program time, but please contact our office directly with questions about The First Tee.


WHEN are classes offered?

Programs are offered year-round, with three primary sessions: spring, summer & fall.

Winter clinics are a special program designed for returning members, and made available to new participants based on availability.

Classes meet once per week.

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Last Week

Winter

3-week clinics

Dec 8 Jan 14 Jan 28
Dec 8 Feb 11 Feb 25

Spring

8-week session

Jan 21 Mar 21 May 14

Summer

8-week session

Apr 25 Jun 20 Aug 13

Fall

8-week session

Aug 1 Sep 12 Nov 5

Dates and details subject to change. Please check the Program Schedule page for updates.


What is the COST?

Everyone is invited to play in The First Tee, regardless of income level or financial means.

We ask our participant families to select the payment amount that best suits them for each session:

Full Fee: $199

Subsidized Fee: $99

Scholarship: custom amount

Our membership fee is variable, so please feel free to pay the amount that is reasonable for you. You have a choice of three price tiers: $199, $99 (subsidized), and the scholarship option (custom). The first two price tiers are made available at registration, and if you are interested in financial aid for the scholarship option, please submit a Financial Assistance Request Form.

We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to play and without financial burden. The option is yours each season. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


HOW do I enroll?

To sign up for the program, please visit the REGISTRATION page, where you will find the schedule of upcoming sessions and registration dates. The registration link will be active approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the next session, and class schedules are available to view 2 weeks prior to that date.

Classes fill quickly, so mark your calendar for upcoming registration dates. Select the best available option, and if your first choice is not available, be sure to submit a waiting list request.

Once you have created an account, the process only takes a few minutes each subsequent season. Each participant may enroll in one class per season, but there are plenty of other opportunities for practice and play outside of scheduled class time.


What LEVEL should we choose?

For NEW students, select your class based on the chart below.

All participants begin with The First Tee at either the Target, PLAYer or Teen levels. From there, players progress at their own pace, which can be very quickly for those with experience, and at a more modest pace for those who are new to the material.

The curriculum begins with foundational Core Values such as: confidence, perseverance, and respect (for others, yourself, and your surroundings). Practice with these gets each player started on the right path toward a healthy long-term relationship with golf, learning, and goal-setting.

There is no rush to advance through the program. We also believe that participants of all abilities can progress through the levels successfully, so don’t worry about falling behind. The role of our coaches is to support each player in the development of new skills and in the pursuit of their goals.

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*Note: Target 1 (age 5+) is only available during the summer session.

For RETURNING students, please see your most recent progress report for a recommendation.

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MORE QUESTIONS:

What are the classes like?

Classes are organized in groups of 6-18 students, and are led by 2-5 staff coaches and volunteers. Each class meets weekly with a duration of approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the level and season (all winter classes are 1 hour). Education is “progressive” with Golf Skills and Life Skills seamlessly integrated into each activity. Assessments are made several times each session to measure and encourage individual progress; these will include both golf and life skills, and can be verbal, behavioral, written, or performance-based. Meet the standard age requirements, learn the curriculum, pass your tests, and you could be on your way to the next level in The First Tee Life Skills Experience!


Does my child need golf clubs?

All equipment is provided, but if your child has his/her own clubs, you are encouraged to bring them.


What should participants bring to class?

All equipment is provided, but it is important to come to class well-rested, nourished and wearing appropriate clothing. We spend the majority of class time outdoors, so proper footwear and outerwear is a necessity. Traditional golf attire is not required, although players are welcome to wear golf spikes, collared shirts, and slacks/pants. Most players will be comfortable in athletic clothing, including tennis shoes or even rain boots on wet days. No sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes are allowed.


What age and ability level does the program include?

All young people between the ages of 5 and 18 are encouraged to enroll, regardless of experience, skill, or maturity level. From there, each player will progress at his/her own pace.

The curriculum begins with foundational Core Values such as: confidence, perseverance, and respect (for others, yourself, and your surroundings). Practice with these gets each player started on the right path toward a healthy long-term relationship with golf, learning, and goal-setting.

There is no rush to advance through the program. We also believe that participants of all abilities can progress through the levels successfully, so don’t worry about falling behind. The role of our coaches is to support each player in the development of new skills and in the pursuit of their goals.


What are the other benefits of The First Tee Experience?

  • Complimentary play and practice opportunities
  • Chapter field trips, activities and special events, including:
    • PwC Financial Literacy Seminar & Scramble (April)
    • Newcastle Drive, Chip & Putt Clinic (June)
    • Pat Caso Family Scramble (June)
    • Youth Golf-a-Thon (July)
    • Youth Golf Skills Challenge (July)
    • Emirates Youth Clinic at the Boeing Classic (August)
    • Collegiate Days with the UW and Seattle University (seasonal)
    • Learn from a qualified staff of trained and dedicated coaches
    • Ace-level privileges include the opportunity to play at private golf clubs with members
    • Top student athletes & scholars may be invited to apply for national college scholarships from The First Tee, including the Nature Valley Pebble Beach Open and The Leadership Academy (all expense paid trip)
  • Confidence, Sportsmanship, Judgement, Integrity, Courtesy, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, and an array of skills that will help you to be more successful in golf and life!

How do I CONTACT The First Tee of Greater Seattle if I have more questions?

Just call us at 206-762-2334 or email us at information@thefirstteeseattle.org.

Thanks for reading. See you at the course!