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.

Programming Opportunities

Winter Programming at Dryden Park GC

Stay engaged through the “off-season” by participating in golf games & activities that will keep your game sharp and most of all, have lots of fun! Spaces are limited. Register today!


2023 Spring Session

Are you ready to explore the game of golf? Your lessons will include learning the rules of golf, golf skills and valuable life skills to use while playing the game. In addition, you will have a lot of fun making new friends. Get ready to tee it up and have some fun!

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Advancing Through the Program

First Tee offers different classes for every age. These classes allow you to advance through the program and grow as a person and golfer.

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Junior Advisory Council

Starting at age 10, Junior Advisory Council is just one of the many ways that you can get involved in First Tee.

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Alumni Network

Not matter what age or level you reached while in First Tee you will always be part of the Family. Join the Alumni Network for access to job, career, and networking opportunities!


Participant Opportunities

First Tee offers a variety of educational and leadership opportunities for participants each year. These events often become life-changing experiences for our participants as they further develop an awareness of the possibilities that surround them.

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PGA TOUR Links to Learning

Bringing learning and the game of golf together, PGA TOUR Links to Learning program has fun activities that help juniors learn about the game of golf through exciting and fun activities.

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Parent Resources

Need more information? Check out our parent resources.

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At First Tee – Central Valley, we’re Building Game Changers by empowering kids and teens to be the best version of themselves.

By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with character-building, we create learning experiences that help kids uncover their inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that they can carry to everything they do.

Our trained coaches not only provide an introduction to junior golf and an opportunity to enhance golf skills, but they also create a safe, supportive, and empowering environment to help your child prepare for life ahead, including friendships, school, college and even their careers.

Through our program, kids will learn skills that stay with them for life:

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

Advancing through the Program

At each age group, participants engage with the 5 Key Commitments: Pursuing Goals, Growing through Challenge, Collaborating with Others, Building Positive Self-Identity, and Using Good Judgement, while focusing on mastering golf fundamentals and building upon a golf skill foundation as they advance within the program.

Age 7-9

  • Be active and have fun with peers in a safe and encouraging manner
  • Build inner strength and self-confidence
  • Learn to play golf
  • Focus on building relationships with other players while exploring the game of golf

Age 10-11

  • Explore character concepts in active and collaborative ways that are valuable on and off the course
  • Develop golf skills and enthusiasm for the game
  • Support positive Game Changing behaviors in fun and meaningful ways

Age 12-13

  • Explore both golf skills and characters commitments while having fun with peers
  • Provide opportunities to demonstrate mastery and growth in golf skills and abilities
  • Support growth and development of early adolescents

Age 14+

  • Build character and support personal development
  • Develop additional golf skills and abilities
  • Look toward their future and plan their own paths
  • Evaluate, reflect, and apply their understanding of life and golf skills to new situations on and off the course