FAQs

  • Who can play?

— We offer our program to anyone between the ages of 7- 18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is that kids come with an open mind and positive attitude. ALL NEW PLAYERS BEGIN AT THE PLAYER LEVEL.

  • What about golf equipment?

— We offer a $25 rental fee and participants get to take the clubs home and keep them the entire year. If you prefer, your child can use clubs we have at the golf course and use them during class time.

  • What if my child has never picked up a golf club before?

— Our coaches are trained in positive youth development. That means they are experts in making kids and teens feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.

  • How do you build character through golf?

— Each lesson is designed to foster golf skills as well as help youth understand and ultimately develop The First Tee Nine Core Values. And, research proves it works

  • How do participants move through levels over time?

—  (PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace) that introduce new and more advanced concepts of golf and life skills that help build character on and off the course. All participants start at our PLAYer Level and then will be recommended by their coach to attempt certification into the next level. Certification includes: two written tests, a putting score for 9 holes (dependent on level) and a 9 hole playing score (dependent on level). Typically participants will take minimally 2 classes at a specific level before moving on. As they progress through levels, they will spend more time at each level as curriculum gets deeper and takes more time to fully understand all concepts.

  • I have a child in the program, am I allowed to volunteer for their class or for any class?

— YES! We love having parents volunteer because it helps you help your child through the program. You do not need to have any golf experience in order to volunteer with us. Moreover, we depend very much on volunteer help in order to keep our participant to coach ratio at 6:1. If interested, contact our Program Director, Katie McKelvey, at kmckelvey@thefirstteeidaho.org.

  • Is there competition and physical activity?

— Absolutely! Kids can burn up to 800 calories walking 9 holes of golf and coaches make lessons competitive while having fun. As participants get older, they have the chance to compete at national events held across the country.

  • Financial concerns?

— No worries, we offer full scholarships or reduced fee programming for those with financial need. We will NEVER turn a child away if the family cannot afford our program.

— The program is dedicated to making golf affordable for EVERYONE. Our prices range between $45-$85 for anywhere between 7.5 – 15 hours of instruction.