Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

Program Locations

Our Programs

First Tee—South Dakota offers programs and instruction which focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle. First Tee—South Dakota has programming in Sioux Falls at Elmwood Golf Course, as its main location, with additional program locations in Aberdeen at Moccasin Creek CC and Lee Park Golf Course, Brookings at Edgebrook Golf Course, Dell Rapids at Rocky Run Golf Course, and Madison at Madison Country Club.

On the Golf Course

Junior golf is just part of First Tee. Through our program that strengthens character, kids will learn life skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Change to an Age-Based Curriculum

First Tee is moving from our current skills-based programs to age-based. Here’s how that will look different to returning participants:

  • We will no longer use levels (Little Duffers, PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace) to determine program placement. Achieving Ace will still remain an important part of our program.
  • Participants will register and be grouped by age (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14+), and will progress through the program as they “age up.”