Thank you for your interest in The First Tee of Greater Richmond’s youth program offerings! Our 2017 program schedule is complete. Please stay connected with us to receive information on 2018 programs to begin in April.

The First Tee uses golf as the platform to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for youth ages 5 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, The First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people. The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment. Through golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values, participants will learn life skills such as resolving conflicts, setting goals, and planning for the future. Participants progress through different levels by demonstrating The First Tee Nine Core Values and golf skills as well as passing assessments.

Before Registering:

  • All participants ages 7 and older regardless of skill level start at the PLAYer level.
  • No equipment is needed – The First Tee can provide all necessary equipment.
  • No walk-up registrations accepted; all participants must be registered prior to attending class.

A founding purpose of The First Tee is to make golf more accessible to all youth, particularly young people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to learn and play the game. Our policy is to provide access to programs regardless of a participant’s ability to play. Our financial aid program is funded by generous donors. Parents/guardians may apply for financial aid as part of the online registration process. Once you have applied for financial aid through the online registration, you will receive an email notification and can then complete the registration.

For further information, please contact Emily Weinstein:


Little Legends

Introduction to basic golf skills through fun games and developmentally-appropriate golf equipment. Ages 5 & 6

PLAYer and player 9-hole

PLAYer level is the entry level into The First Tee certification program no matter the golf skill ability or age of the participant. Participants are introduced to playing the game of golf while learning The First Tee Code of Conduct, The First Tee Nine Core Values, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the sport, and developing a young person’s golf skills. PLAYer: Recommended for ages 7-9. PLAYer 9-hole: Recommended for ages 9 and up.


Continued emphasis on golf skills, rules of play, interpersonal skills and self-management skills on and off the course. Minimum age 9 and PLAYer certified.


Continued emphasis on golf skills, etiquette, and goal setting on and off the course. Minimum age 11 and Par and certified.


Building on all golf skills and focus on resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning. Minimum age 13 and Birdie certified.


The highest level of The First Tee certification and focus on education, career, and giving back to the community. Minimum age 15 and Eagle certified.

The First Tee Certification Process

To advance through The First Tee Life Skills Experience, participants must complete the Certification Process. This process includes written tests covering Life Skills Appreciation and Golf Knowledge in addition to playing tests to cover their Golf Skills. The First Tee will hold certification days at the end of each programming session for participants wishing to advance through The First Tee Life Skills Experience.