Chapter Programs at Golf Courses
First Tee- Aiken uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for children ages 5 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.
A Youth Program Unlike Any Other
First Tee- Aiken emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:
- Making proper introductions
- Managing emotions
- Resolving conflicts
- Setting up step-by-step goals
- Planning for the future
- Appreciating diversity
Advancing through the Program
From age 5 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating the First Tee's Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants ages 8 and older start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of First Tee -Aiken is completing Ace.
- Little/Big Linksters (required minimum age 5) - Be introduced to the game and First Tee- Aiken
- PLAYer (required minimum age 8) - Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
- Par (required minimum age 9) - Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
- Birdie (required minimum age 11) - Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
- Eagle (required minimum age 13) - Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
- Ace (required minimum age 15) - Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.
The Power of Relationships
“I consider my coaches at the First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” –alumnus
First Tee - Aiken coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.