Programs & Instruction Overview
The First Tee of Yakima offers programs and instruction which focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle. Boys and girls age 5-17 are eligible to participate. The First Tee of Yakima's Golf and Life Skills Experience (G&LSE) is divided into six levels, starting with TARGET for new participants age 5-6 and all participants at non-traditional class sites such as city parks, schools, and other playgrounds. Participants age 7 & older begin at the PLAYer level, a new starting level introduced in 2009, then progressing through PAR, BIRDIE, EAGLE and ACE. Each level of the Life Skills Experience can be taught seamlessly with all golf skills curricula. Completion of each level is defined as a participant’s ability to meet nationally instituted certification guidelines. The program is self-paced, encouraging participants to explore and assess their abilities and set corresponding goals to meet national certification requirements. Certification is conducted periodically throughout the season during class.