A Junior Golf Program with a Mission

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


More Than a Sports Program for Kids & Teens

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And itís making a difference. Our research-proven programs are having a positive impact on participants, their families and their communities.

By the Numbers

10.5 Million     participants reached since 1997
19,000   volunteers actively engaged 
elementary schools introduced to The First Tee National School Program
50 U.S. states offering The First Tee programming
 international locations offering The First Tee programming


Founding Partners

The following founding partners play a key role in creating awareness and providing support for The First Tee and our youth development goals:

In addition, former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair. He succeeds his father, former President George H. W. Bush, who served as The First Teeís honorary chair since the organizationís inception in 1997 and is now Honorary Chair Emeritus.

The First Tee Annual Review

The First Tee Annual Review provides a summary of our impact on youth during the last year. Learn More »

Good Golfers. Better People

Research indicates The First Tee is effective. Learn More »

Parents' Guide to The First Tee

An introduction to The First Tee and its programs. English and Spanish versions available. Learn More »