What is First Tee's Purpose?

We know that character is something you cultivate.  We exist to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges.How do you build character through golf?

How do you build character through golf?

We see golf as a metaphor for life – a game with unexpected challenges and ups and downs that help build strengths beyond the technical skills to play the game. Through introspective questions, interactive games, and immersive golf exercises, we design each lesson to help kids build a better understanding of themselves and empower them to strengthen the parts of them that they take to everything they do. Research proves it works.

What are the core focus areas you're helping kids to develop?

We focus on helping kids develop their character, resilience, self-confidence, and inner strength. Throughout our program we use golf to empower this growth while enabling kids to learn and play the game.

Who can play?

We offer group golf lessons to kids and teens ages 5-18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is that kids come with an open mind and positive attitude.

Do I need to provide golf equipment for my kid?

Nope! We provide golf equipment to those who do not have any.

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

We know it can feel intimidating to start something new. Everyone was a beginner once and our coaches are trained in creating a supportive environment to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have fun while learning about themselves and golf.

What locations is First Tee offered at?

Here in South Dakota, we have First Tee locations in Aberdeen, Brookings, Dell Rapids, Madison, and Sioux Falls. First Tee is also national wide and internationally.

For other locations: click here.

Does First Tee take donations?

Yes, we take various types of donations such as golf balls, tees, golf clubs, push carts, towels, etc..

We ask that everything is in good or new condition. If you are wanting to donate golf clubs, we ask that they are no more than 10 years old.

To donate online: click here.

For more donation details: click here.

Financial concerns?

No worries—we offer full scholarships or reduced fee programming for those who need it.