Healthy and Positive Youth Development Programs


The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

Junior Golf Lessons and So Much More 

In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, our character education and life skills programs help kids and teens prepare for success at school, at home and in their community.

Our Junior Golf & Life Skills Curriculum Focuses on:

  • How to manage emotions
  • How to set goals
  • How to resolve conflicts
  • How to communicate with others

The First Tee Nine Core Values

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Sportsmanship
  • Respect
  • Confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Courtesy
  • Judgment
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The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits

  • Energy
  • Play
  • Safety 
  • Vision
  • Mind
  • Family 
  • Friends
  • School
  • Community 
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"We have two sons who are scratch golfers in a non-golfing family. This never could have happened without The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. Andrew and Austin started out in a SAYGolf camp around age 10, just to expose them to the game. They enjoyed it and continued into Little Linkers playing 18 holes with an adult, and then The Junior Tour and competition. They have learned many life lessons from the game and their experiences surrounding it. They have learned to love golf. I especially appreciate the core values and life skills focus of The First Tee versus the domination of competition/winning with other golf programs. The First Tee has helped us raise our sons to feel comfortable with themselves in the world, and give back to the community. I can't speak highly enough about the difference it has made in our lives." Marsha and Charles Roberts

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Program

Our mission to “The First Tee of Greater Sacramento impacts 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.” will be taught at several new locations this summer.

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Specialized Instruction

California Eagles
This program annually brings over 100 young people and adults with down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other disabilities out to the golf course 25 weeks per year. 

Adaptive Physical Education
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento began a partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District. This partnership has annually brought 60-80 developmentally challenged students out to William Land Golf Course for golf and life skills training that satisfies these students' physical education requirement.

Swing Club for the Blind
The club has averaged 15-20 players and 25-30 volunteers annually.  Each weekly outing includes nine holes of golf, preceded by a short review lesson in golf fundamentals given by a staff member of The First Tee.  During the round, each player is accompanied by a sighted volunteer who assists in lining up the golfer and providing information about distance and direction

Outreach Programs
Centers for Fathers and Families
Northern California Minority Junior Golf 
Latino Junior Golf Association
Girl/Boy Scouts
Angel for Hearts
National Guard Clinics
Boys & Girls Club St.
Charles Borromeo School

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National School Program (NSP)

National School Program
The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes.
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Year Round After School Golf Programs

The Year Round After School Golf Program is a class where participants will work on all facets of their golf game, learn the Life Skills of The First Tee and develop many athletic skills and movements that are critical to becoming an athlete and a more coordinated golfer. Young golfers are invited to come to the course and participate in this program up to three days a week. Stations are set up in a manner that will advance golfers of all skill set levels and will allow the beginner or immediate golfer to practice at their ability.
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Summer Programs

Our junior golf programs are three-fold, in that they all incorporate The First Tee Life Skills (accompanied by The First Tee Nine Core Values and The First Tee Nine healthy Habits), golf skills and athletic movements and exercises to not only help the development of the students golf game, but also create a healthy youth population. Learn more about the different Summer Programs we offer.
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Free Girls Golf Clinics & Parent Support Workshop

FREE Girls Golf Clinics
The Girls Golf Clinics are a great way for young ladies ages 9 to 17 to meet new friends, become familiar with ways to get involved with the game, but also The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and learn in an environment that is friendly, fun and educational.

FREE Parent support Workshop
The purpose is to better define the step-by-step process in which a junior should experience and how adults can best support their development at all ages.

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Saturday Programs

We have several Saturday golf programs for all ages
FUNdamental Movement Golf Classes Ages 5-17
Sacramento City League Play Ages 7-17
LPGA/USGA Girls Golf 9 Hole Play League Ages 8-17
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Teen Golf

This is a nine (9) week golf training program for those participants that are a tad older (ages 12 – 17) and want to work on specific golf skills, learn how to practice and have a better understanding of what course management really is.
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Play League Programs

The play golf leagues held during the spring, summer and fall seasons are our most popular programs, as participants are given an opportunity to take the skills learned during class out on the course. These programs are designed so that no instruction is given out on the golf course. This is a chance for children to have fun and learn from their own mistakes.
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Levels of Accomplishment

There are three levels of accomplishment in The First Tee program. The First Tee Certification process has four major elements:
  • Completion of Life Skills and golf skills lessons
  • The short written test
  • The playing requirement
  • The instructor evaluation

Check with your instructor on requirements to advance to the next level….Have fun!

Private Instruction

We offer private instructions for players of all ages.
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Home Office Highlights

Life Skills Experience™

Developed with the help of academic experts and delivered by trained coaches, the program helps young people learn life skills and core values through the sport of golf. Find out why it’s different that other programs.
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Golf in Schools

The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes.
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A Parent's Guide to The First Tee

What parents need to know about The First Tee and its programs.
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