Chapter Programs at Golf Courses

First Tee uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for youth ages 7 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

A Youth Program Unlike Any Other

First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:

  • Making proper introductions
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Advancing through the Program

From age 7 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of First Tee is completing Ace.

  • PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

Fall Programming Sessions

Between September 11th and November 21st, First Tee – Monterey County is offering 10 weeks of Golf and Life Skills Sessions for participants between 7-17 years old (6 weeks for ages 5-7). The series involves golf and life skills that will allow our youth of all backgrounds to develop through golf and character education and life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. This series includes content delivery and experiential activities, discussion, and reflection to help participants integrate these concepts into their personal and professional life.

The timing of the classes varies, but most run from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. Our participants may be dropped off early and must be picked up by 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

We offer golf and life skills classes on Saturdays, so check the schedule and sign up for whichever day works best for you.

To follow current rules and regulations stated by the CDC, space for after-school will be limited.

The cost is $75 for the 10 sessions. Members receive $25 off. Discounts and financial aid are available. Registration ends September 3rd.

Sign up now!

Click here to register for the Fall Session

For more information or any questions that you may have, please call (831) 444-7200 ext. 206 or email

Ask us about scholarships for financial needs.

The Power of Relationships

“I consider my coaches at the First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” –alumnus

First Tee coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.

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