Welcome to The First Tee of Greater Richmond! 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 4 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 6 and older regardless of skill level start at the PLAYer level.
  • No equipment is needed – The First Tee can provide all necessary equipment.
  • Please ask us about scholarships! All youth receiving free or reduced lunch services can attend The First Tee at minimal cost.
  • No walk-up registrations accepted; all participants must be registered prior to attending class.


Little Legends

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


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 10+: Recommended for ages 10 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.