About Us

We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.


First Tee – Indiana came under the Indiana Golf Foundation umbrella in 2012.  With over 20 years of experience providing golf programs to Indiana youth, the Indiana Golf Foundation has established itself as a national leader in junior golf. In addition to the Indiana Golf Foundation’s mission to teach life lessons through the game of golf, at First Tee – Indiana, we’re Building Game Changers by empowering kids and teens to be the best version of themselves.

By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with character-building, we create learning experiences that help kids uncover their inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that they can carry to everything they do.

Our trained coaches not only provide an introduction to junior golf and an opportunity to enhance golf skills, but they also create a safe, supportive, and empowering environment to help your child prepare for life ahead, including friendships, school, college and even their careers.

Through our program, kids and teens will learn skills that stay with them for life:

  • Pursuing Goals
  • Growing through Challenge
  • Collaborating with Others
  • Building Positive Self-Identity
  • Using Good Judgment

We currently have 19 program locations offering the First Tee Program at area golf courses and 300+ elementary schools incorporating the First Tee School Program into their physical education classes. From Michiana to Evansville, communities across the state are recognizing the impact First Tee can have on their youth and opening their doors to this research-driven program.

100,000 youth reached in the National School Program
200+ coaches and volunteers actively engaged
300+ First Tee School program partners 26 Community Center program partners
59 golf courses offering First Tee programs
3,600 participants in the golf course programs

Indiana Golf

First Tee – Indiana is a part of Indiana Golf in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana Golf is headquarters to three golf related not-for-profits including the Indiana Golf Association, which is the governing body of amateur golf in Indiana; the Indiana Section PGA, which provides membership and employment services to PGA Members and Associates; and the Indiana Golf Foundation, whose focus is on junior golf related programs including First Tee-Indiana.

In addition to the First Tee-Indiana, the Indiana Golf Foundation hosts a junior tour that reaches over 1,200 kids annually by offering 70 competitive events. The IGF also offers several scholarship programs and has awarded over $600,000 in scholarships since 1994.

Visit indianagolf.org for information on becoming an Indiana Golf members which includes benefits such as an official USGA handicap.

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