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.
What is First Tee – Indiana?
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.
We currently have 18 program locations offering the Life Skills Experience Certifying Program and 312 elementary schools incorporating the National 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.
Is my child eligible for a scholarship to attend classes?
All participants are eligible to receive full scholarships to our programs. This can be done through the registration process in the Financial Aid section. We never want cost to be a barrier in keeping your participant away from learning the game of golf. Please contact Luci Ross, [email protected] with questions regarding scholarships.
Will my child need clubs to participate?
No. We will provide clubs for any and all participants that need them throughout our classes. You will be able to note this in the registration process.
How much does a class cost?
Cost varies based on the location and duration of the class.
Having trouble registering your child?
If you’re having trouble registering your child, follow this link to get to a step by step guide.
Become a Volunteer
We are always looking for volunteer coaches to join us. Parents are welcome to be volunteer coaches as well. You do not have to be a great golfer. All we ask is that our volunteers have a passion for youth. Interested? Click here to learn more.
Advancing Through the Program
From age 7 through 18, youth progress through levels by demonstrating First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of First Tee is completing Ace.
- 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.
For a more detailed layout of the various program levels, click here.
First offers a fantastic info packet that provides details of First Tee as a national/international organization. Click here to view the updated Parent Guide.