Our Programs

The First Tee of Eastern Michigan offers programs and instruction which focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle. In every class, we teach a Life Skill, such as Conflict Resolution, or how to properly meet and greet, along with a golf skill such as putting or chipping. All lessons relate to one or more of our Nine Core Values as well as our NEW Nine Healthy Habits.

What class will my child sign up for?
Target  – Ages 5 and 6
Player 1 – Ages 7 & up.  All participants new to The First Tee will start in Player 1.
Player 2 – Ages 8 & up who have completed Player 1 class.
Par 1 – Ages 9 & up who are Player Certified with The First Tee.
Par 2 – Ages 10 & up who have completed the Par 1 class.
Birdie – Ages 11 & up who are Par Certified with The First Tee.

All children ages 7 and up who are new to The First Tee will start at the Player Level.

When your child starts the Player Level, he/she will receive a yardage book. This booklet is designed to help your child understand and put into use the Nine Core Values they learn in class. Please encourage your child to work in their book at home. Once they have completed the yardage book and passed the certification requirements of the Player Level, they can move up to the next level.

Certification
Participants advance through the different Life Skill levels through a certification process with five general requirements.

  • Core lesson exposure
  • Life skills application
  • Golf skills application
  • Life skills knowledge
  • Golf skills knowledge

The certification requirements for each level will vary, but they generally consist of a written test, playing on the golf course in a timely manner and completing a putting course or golf skills competition.

Certifications will be conducted by The First Tee Coaches and will be held on weekend afternoons after classes are completed for the season.

In order to pass the certification test and move to the next program level, all students must be exposed to the concepts in the core lessons. Their understanding of these concepts is enhanced through role-plays, golf-related activities, and workbook exercises.