The Inspiration for Our Junior Golf Program

Why donít more young people learn to play golf? Research has shown the primary reason young people, especially those who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, do not play the game is due to a lack of affordable junior golf programs and places that welcome them.

Bringing Golf to Kids & Teens of All Backgrounds

In 1997, the LPGA, 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 and its positive values.

Since that time, The First Tee has steadily grown into a robust youth service organization, impacting, influencing and inspiring more than 4.1 million young people annually.

Not Just About Golf

What started as a concept to make golf more accessible to young people turned into an opportunity to help young people develop core values and learn life skills that are inherent in the game of golf. The First Tee Life Skills Experience was formulated with the help of academic, sport psychology, youth development and golf experts to proactively teach core values and life skills as part of basic golf instruction at chapters.

Bringing Junior Golf Into Schools & Other Youth-Development Organizations

Using golf as a platform, our goal is to extend the life skills and The First Tee Nine Core Values to as many kids and teens as possible. In 2004, we expanded our reach through The First Tee National School Program, bringing golf and our curriculum to elementary students during physical education classes. In 2012, we launched The First Tee DRIVE, an activity-based golf program for young people attending youth-serving organizations such as the Y and the Boys & Girls Clubs. 

Our Impact

Since our inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown into a robust youth service organization impacting the lives of more than 10.5 million young people and exposing them to core values and life skills that will help them both on and off the golf course.