Programs & Instruction Overview

The First Tee of Yakima offers golf programs and instruction which focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle. Boys and girls age 5-18 are eligible to participate. The First Tee of Yakima's Golf and Life Skills Experience 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, 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 spring, summer, and fall seasons during class.

TARGET Registered Level

TARGET is an introductory level presented at city parks and other non-golf open ground sites. TARGET is used to introduce the game of golf through The First Tee outreach efforts that can take the form of clinics and drop-in sessions within schools, or through activities offered at after-school programs or youth serving agencies.
TARGET is also delivered through structured lessons for "Registered" participants who make regular visits to program locations of The First Tee. It provides participants with a variety of opportunities to learn golf skills and concepts (e.g., target-oriented, aim and alignment, distance control, balance), as well as life skills through purposeful games that are developmentally appropriate for age and skill-level.
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PLAYer Level

PLAYer is the introductory level of the program for ages 7-17 years old using real golf clubs at conventional golf sites--currently Fisher Park, River Ridge & Suntides GC in Yakima and Cherry Hills GC in Granger. All new participants The First Tee Golf and Life Skills Experience at the PLAYer level. PLAYer introduces how to play the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and The First Tee Code of Conduct, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game, as students develop their game in golf and life.

Older youth who have already have some significant golfing skills typically advance through the Life Skills curriculum at a faster rate than those who are new to the game.

The First Tee of Yakima groups participants by age, as well as program level, so a 14 year old new to The first Tee will not be placed in a class with a seven year old.
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PAR Level

Builds on the PLAYer level with continued exposure to the game of golf, focusing on two general life skills: Self-Management and Interpersonal Skills.
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Centers around the life skill of "goal setting" to provide participants a greater sense of purpose, direction, and motivation.
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Designed for participants who have demonstrated a commitment to both the game of golf and to attaining an associated set of life skills. These participants have demonstrated their ability to apply life skills, displayed a progression of golf skill acquisition and performance, and been a role model for The First Tee Code of Conduct.
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ACE Level

This level offers advanced, post-EAGLE instruction and practice in many of the life skills introduced in the PAR, BIRDIE and EAGLE levels. Ace focuses on personal planning and reinforces interpersonal communication, self-management, goal-setting, self-coaching and resistance skills that were applied in the earlier levels.
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Home Office Highlights

Life Skills Experience™

Developed with the help of academic experts and delivered by trained coaches, the program helps young people learn life skills and core values through the sport of golf. Find out why it’s different that other programs.
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Golf in Schools

The First Tee National School Program introduces the game of golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes.
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A Parent's Guide to The First Tee

What parents need to know about The First Tee and its programs.
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