WHY GOLF?

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.

CHAPTER INFORMATION

The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas offers programs and instruction which focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle.

We currently offer classes at seven area locations around Brunswick County. They are:

The Golf Club at Cinghiale Creek (main location-all levels)

The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation (Par, Birdie & Eagle Level)

South Harbour Par 3 Golf Links (PLAYer Level)

Magnolia Greens (Par & Birdie Level )

Olde Fort Golf Club(PLAYer Level)

Carolina National (PLAYer & Par Level)

There are two entry levels within our program including
Little Linksters (4-6 year olds) and PLAYer Level (7-17 year olds).

THE FIRST TEE NINE CORE VALUES

The First Tee has established Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf. These Nine Core Values have been incorporated into The First Tee Experience and have been used to name golf holes at several of The First Tee facilities.

MODULAR UNITS

Each level consists of six life skills modules and every module contains a core lesson that all participants must be exposed to. The core lessons are suitable for delivery to any age group. In addition, each module includes optional activities. Some give participants additional practice in the core life skills, some are designed for participants 12 and older, and others deal with the application of life skills to non-golf situations at home or school.

In order to pass the certification test and move to the next program level, all students must be exposed to the concepts in the core lessons. Their understanding of these concepts is enhanced through role-playing, golf-related activities, and workbook exercises.

As part of The First Tee Certification Process, participants must demonstrate that they understand and can apply the core life skills by answering written questions and performing skills for an instructor. When they meet certification requirements, they progress to the next level.

NOTE: Although there is no timeline associated with each level, it is important to understand the diversity of talent of each child. Comprehension and observed implementation of The Life Skills Experience and specific golf skill proficiency is required before any junior can progress to the next certification level.
The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas is committed to providing equal access to our golf and life skills experience for all Brunswick County youth regardless of their ability to pay registration fees. Upon registration, you will be asked to complete a simple scholarship form for our records. All information is kept strictly confidential.

STRUCTURE

Paralleling the structure of the golf instruction program, The First Tee Life Skills Experience™ is divided into five certification levels, starting with PLAYer and progressing through Par, Birdie, Eagle, and Ace.

The PLAYer level introduces participants to the game of golf and its values. The Par level focuses on the fundamental communication and self-management skills. The Birdie level deals primarily with goal-setting. The Eagle level gives participants advanced instruction and practice on mastering Par and Birdie level skills, as well as additional topics, such as conflict management, mentoring, and career planning. Our Ace level program is for the most skilled participants ages 14 and up who can build upon their life skill experiences learned in The First Tee as they prepare for life after high school.

Our staff is dedicated to bring The First Tee and Life Skills Experience to every child ages 7-18 in Brunswick County.  Our TARGET Outreach Program establishes relationships with public and private schools in our area-integrating TARGET and related games into the current physical education curriculum.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas Golf and Life Skills Experience is divided into five certification levels, starting with PLAYer for the new participants ages 7 and up, progressing through Par, Birdie, Eagle, and ACE.  As participants certify on both Golf and Life Skills within each level so they may progress to the next level of the program.

Each level of the Life Skills Experience is seamlessly taught incorporating life skills, golf skills, and core values into each lesson.  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 at the end of each session.

The Life Skills Experience is offered during 8 weeks in the spring and fall classes.

During the summer months, we offer weekly summer camps for ages 7-15.  The Summer Camps are for all abilities.  We cover a wide variety of topics and golf skills centered around The Nine Core Values™.

PLAYer Level

PLAYer is the introductory level of The First Tee Life Skills Experience for children ages 7-17 years old.  All participants (regardless of age or previous ability) will enter The First Tee Golf and Life Skills Experience at the PLAYer level.  PLAYer teaches participants how to play the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf, The First Tee Code of Conduct, and The First Tee Nine Core Values™.  These interpersonal and self-management skills will help out participants develop much more than their golf games.

Par Level

The Par Level builds on the PLAYer level by introducing participants to life skills that will help them both on and off the golf course.  The main focus of the Par level is to assist participants in acquiring several self-management techniques and interpersonal skills that will help them in managing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to perform at their best both on and off the golf course.

Birdie Level

Of all of the life skills addressed in The First Tee Life Skills Experience, goal-setting is one of the most important.  The Birdie level affords participants the opportunity to learn how to set and pursue their own goals.  This will provide participants with a greater sense of purpose, direction, and motivation in their lives.

Eagle Level

The Eagle Level is designed for participants who have demonstrated a commitment to both the game of golf and to attaining the associated set of Golf and Life Skills.  An Eagle Level participant will learn about wellness, diversity, building go-to teams, and conflict management.

Ace Level

The Ace Level offers advanced instruction and practice in many of the Golf and Life Skills introduced in the PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle levels.  Ace focuses on personal planning and reinforces interpersonal communication, self-management, goal-setting, self-coaching, and resilience skills that were applied in the earlier levels learned in The First Tee Life Skills Experience as they prepare for life after high school.

Certification

To progress from one certification level to the next, participants must complete a variety of Golf and Life Skills evaluations.

PLAYer Level:  Written Golf/Life Skills test, Putting and Playing Requirements

Par Level:  Written Golf Skills Test, Written Life Skills Test, Putting, Short game and Playing Requirement

Birdie Level:  Written Golf Skills Test, Written Life Skills Test, Putting, Short game, Approach, Fairways, and Playing Requirement

Eagle Level:  Written Golf Skills Test, Written Life Skills Test, Putting, Short game, Approach, Fairways, and Playing Requirement

Each level’s requirements get more difficult as the program is meant to grow and expand with the child’s development.

There are also age minimums that must be met to move up on to each level:

PLAYer:  7 years old* to enter
Par:  9 years old* to enter
Birdie:  11 years old* to enter
Eagle:  13 years old* to enter
Ace:  14 years old* to enter

*  Age during the registered programming cycle.