About Us

We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.

The Inspiration for Our Junior Golf Program

Bringing Golf to Kids & Teens of All Backgrounds

In 1997, the LGPA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA formed a partnership with the help of Founding Corporate Partner, Shell Oil, to lead an initiative called the First Tee. This initiative began as a way to bring golf to kids and teens that otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values.

Not Just About Golf

What started as a concept to make golf more accessible to young people, turned into an opportunity to help ALL young people develop core values and implement healthy habits that are inherent to the game of golf. The First Tee Life Skills Experience was formulated with the help of scholars, sports psychologist, youth developers and golf experts to proactively teach life skills as part of basic golf instruction at chapters.

Expanding Junior Golf Programs Into Schools

In 2004, the First Tee expanded their reach by introducing their golf program and the First Tee Life Skills Experience™ in physical education classes at elementary schools through the National School Program. In 2013, the First Tee created their DRIVE Program, which reaches children within youth-service organizations, helping to impact their lives by introducing them to the First Tee Core Values and Healthy Habits.

Our Impact

Since our inception in 1997, the First Tee has grown into a powerful youth service organization impacting the lives of more than 10 million young people and exposing them to core values, healthy habits, and life skills that will help them both on and off the course.