On the Golf Course
At First Tee, we believe in developing experiences that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next.
Our First Tee coaches seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum to create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience. As your child progresses through our programs, the activities and life lessons will help empower them to take on whatever comes their way next.
At First Tee – Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, we offer multi-week sessions in spring, summer and fall at a variety of area golf course teaching locations. We welcome all kids regardless of background or means. No previous golf experience is needed and we provide all equipment. Our chapter serves Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.
Participants progress through levels by demonstrating inner strength, character, and life and golf skills they have learned. All participants ages 7 and above start at the PLAYer level.
Little Chippers (ages 5 and older) – An introduction to the First Tee Life Skills Experience
PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee it up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct
Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course
Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality
Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning
Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.
The Power of Relationships
At First Tee, we know success hinges on our Coaches and we’ve proved the best outcomes for kids happen when they can form meaningful, quality relationships with positive adult role models. All our classes are led by a Head Coach who is assisted by a team of volunteers, and typically also a golf professional best suited to teach swing mechanics. All of them are trained to understand First Tee coaching philosophy and the building blocks of our unique curriculum. To the kids, each of them is “Coach.”