Golf is unique from other sports because players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. The sport is a perfect platform for helping young people develop character because just like in life, players experience the highs and lows of the game.
In the PLAYer Group Golf Lessons, participants ages 5-18 receive golf instruction in classes with no larger than an six-to-one student/instructor ratio. The classes meet once per week for seven weeks, 80 minutes per class, during which time the participants are taught the fundamentals, rules and etiquette of golf along with a curriculum of life skills. All classes are led by a PGA professional or other qualified golf instructor. These sessions will be offered continuously throughout the year. Students who have their own golf clubs are encouraged to bring them to class; however, for any student who does not have equipment, The First Tee of Tampa Bay will provide the appropriate clubs for each session. The First Tee’s PLAYer level curriculum is covered in PLAYer Group Golf Lessons. For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
Playing on The First Tee of Tampa Bay Par & Birdie Golf Team will give each member a chance to play rounds of golf in an organized setting, meet new people and hopefully make lifelong friendships. This program is a great way for children to learn the game by actually playing on the course. All The First Tee of Tampa Bay Golf Teams meet once/week. Each Golf Team Member will practice their golf skills, learn the rules and etiquette of the game, and learn a First Tee Life Skill lesson prior to each match. The First Tee’s Par and Birdie level curriculums are covered in “Team” Golf programs.
There are two different Golf Teams that a child can register for:
Junior Par Team (ages 7-9, 10-12) –For all boys & girls ages 7-12, children will play up to 9 holes every Saturday for 7 weeks, usually at an executive course (Par 3s and 4s) or from modified length tee boxes. Child must be “ PLAYer Team Certified” to be eligible to participate. Parents are asked to stay to walk along with their child on the course. Highly skilled and experienced players ages 11-12 may be placed on the Senior Birdie Team at the discretion of The First Tee of Tampa Bay staff.
Senior Birdie Team (ages 13-15,16-18) – For all boys & girls ages 13-18, children will play 9 to 18 holes every Saturday for 7 weeks, usually at a regulation golf course. Child must be “ PLAYer Team Certified” to be eligible to participate. Parents may stay to walk along with their child on the course but it is not required. Less skilled and/or experienced players ages 13-14 may be placed on the Junior Par Team at the discretion of The First Tee of Tampa Bay staff. For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
Beginners and advanced golfers alike will work on their skills under the guidance of professional golf instructors and The First Tee counselors. Emphasis will be on helping campers acquire and hone the skills needed to play great golf. Activities will include golf skill stations, contests, special events and on- course play. These camps will also focus on teaching The First Tee Life Skills Experience, which also includes our Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits. Snacks & Lunch will be provided by the camp. Campers do NOT need their own golf clubs, but they are welcome to bring them if they have them. For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
The Players Club will meet twice a month all year long. Meetings will include golf instruction, on course play, guest speakers, college prep classes, and life skill lessons. The First Tee’s Eagle level curriculum is covered in Player’s Club. In addition to bi-monthly meetings students will participate in community service projects, fun social events with their peers, play golf with Board Members and Special Friends of The First Tee of Tampa Bay. The Players Club is a FREE program for students who are:
-In high school grades 9-12 (boys & girls)
-Have on course golf experience
-Average double par or better for 18 holes
J.E.W.E.L’s is an ALL GIRLS junior golf club! For ages 7-18 and meets every other Tuesday evening. At the meeting the girls will work on their golf skills and participate in life skill activities that might include movie night, nail night, arts and crafts, cooking, just to name a few! Through the program we hope to teach more girls the game of golf, provide social opportunities to encourage lasting friendships, instill confidence in the girls, inspire them to live active lives, and most important HAVE FUN! For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
The Tournament Series is for ages 7-18. It gives students the opportunity to take skills they have learned at practice and apply them on the golf course in a competitive environment. Tournaments are one-day, 9-hole events for ages 12 and younger and two-day, 36-hole, Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranked events for ages 13 and older. For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
The First Tee of Tampa Bay conducts several other programs for children throughout the year. These all have separate enrollment procedures and are not available for open registration. For more specific information on any of these programs, call The First Tee of Tampa Bay at 813-238-7320.
National Schools Program – The First Tee trains local physical education teachers on how to introduce the basics in golf skills to children in their yearly program. The curriculum is based on national physical education standards and emphasizes character-education through an introduction to The First Tee’s Nine Core Values. Each child participates in at least four lessons. By the end of 2012, there were more than 38,000 children at 76 Hillsborough County elementary schools participating in this program. Following the National School Program at their school, the students take home information describing upcoming future The First Tee of Tampa Bay programs that are available in their area. For more information on The First Tee’s National Schools Program, Click Here
P.E. PLAYer – At select middle schools, 6th graders are taught the PLAYer level curriculum in The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience using standard golf equipment. A TFTTB instructor, along with the school’s P.E. staff, go to the school for three consecutive weeks and work with the 6th grade students in the physical education classes (which students take daily).
Afterschool PLAYer – At select afterschool youth locations, children will be taught the PLAYer level curriculum in The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience using standard golf equipment. A TFTTB instructor goes to the youth facility for three consecutive weeks and works with the children at the site.
Travel Teams – This program is comprised of more advanced TFTTB members who play in our weekly Teams program. These TFTTB members will play 18 holes of golf at select sites throughout the area including some of the finer country clubs and golf courses. Each Travel Team match is made up of up to 12 TFTTB youth members. All players will have passed TFTTB criteria for playing ability, golf rules and course etiquette, and an adult chaperone playing with each group would ensure speedy play. If you have a site that might be interested in hosting a Travel Team match, please call The First Tee of Tampa Bay at 813-238-7320.
Junior League – An initiative of the PGA, the Junior League is a summer golf league for children 8-12 that somewhat models the baseball little league structure. TFTTB forms local teams to play matches during the summer against other like teams in the area
College Scholarships – The First Tee of Tampa Bay has access to a variety of different college scholarships each year that are available to TFTTB members who are high school seniors. To apply, call The First Tee of Tampa Bay at 813-238-7320 for a scholarship application. For more information about how to apply click on this sentence.
Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.