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.

At First Tee – Central Arkansas, 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

First Tee Age-Based Classes | Spring, Summer, Fall

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.

Ages 5-6

  • Learn the basics of golf
  • Make new friends while being active and having fun
  • Play interactive golf games taught by encouraging coaches
  • Develop self-confidence and consideration for others

Ages 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

Ages 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

Ages 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

Ages 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

Other Unique Programs:

Field Trips and Outreach Programs | Year-Round

Research reveals convincing evidence that youth involved in our programs transferred life skills to multiple settings and learned and used life skills through the game of golf. Our curriculum, combined with trained educators, empowers participants with a set of skills that prepares them for a lifetime of new challenges. We partner with schools and youth centers like the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club to bring the program to life and introduce golf using games that are flexible to the ages and abilities of the kids involved.

Homeschool Classes | Spring & Fall

Group homeschool golf classes provide numerous benefits for children. They offer an avenue for socialization, allowing homeschooled students to interact with peers and develop essential social skills in a structured environment. Additionally, these classes promote physical activity and fitness, as golf requires coordination and physical exertion. Through group instruction, children have the opportunity to learn and improve their golf skills under the guidance of qualified instructors, fostering both individual growth and teamwork. Moreover, the structured setting of group classes ensures that students receive quality instruction in proper techniques, rules, and etiquette. Furthermore, these classes can be tailored to accommodate the unique needs and schedules of homeschooling families, offering flexibility and adaptability.

Leadership Academy | Summer

Through hands-on activities, workshops, and mentorship opportunities, students will gain valuable insights into different industries and career paths. This academy aims to foster leadership skills, critical thinking, and entrepreneurship among teens while simultaneously showcasing the diverse range of businesses that contribute to our community’s vibrancy. By connecting students with local businesses, we aim to broaden their horizons, inspire career exploration, and cultivate a deeper understanding of the opportunities available to them.

Twelve (12) participants will be invited to the First Tee – Central Arkansas Leadership Academy. The main purpose of Leadership Academy is to give our participants an opportunity to develop leadership skills, understand the importance of service to the community, and explore different career options. Our criteria for selection include FTCA or above participants between the ages of 13 to 18. Students will travel to seven (7) site visits between May and October, and participate in six (6) classes occurring on Saturday’s through the Summer and varying days throughout the Fall. Parents will need to provide transportation for off-site excursions.

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf | Once a Month

Girls Golf sites provide girls with quality golf instruction led by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals or certified coaches from The First Tee. Not only are they experts in taking girls from beginner to advanced golfers, but they also specialize in creating experiences that show girls just how much fun golf really is! What could be better than that? Well, Girls Golf members learn more than just the game of golf. We help empower them with confidence and teach them valuable life skills. From Leadership skills to inspiring healthy living, we use the 5 E’s of Girls Golf to Empower, Enrich, Engage, Exercise, and Energize girls ages 5 to 17 through the game of golf. Click here to learn more.

Middle School League | Spring

Middle School League is organized with parents registering their middle school players through The First Tee program. After the instructional golf practices for all players has began, golfers are encouraged to take that knowledge onto the golf course! In addition, all players and especially beginning golfers are encouraged to practice ball striking skills between team practice. The format for play is team competition, best ball play and individual stroke play on both our 9-hole Regulation Course and 9-hole Par-3 Course. Junior Membership Cards will be given, allowing players to hit range balls and play the courses for free outside of practice time. Each team will have their own practice schedule, identified by their Coach.

Operation 36 | Spring & Fall

Operation 36 is a developmental golf program designed to guide a beginner from playing their first round, to shooting par or better for 9 holes. Operation 36 can make becoming a skilled golfer a fun and measurable journey. Meet new people, participate in engaging classes, and learn a sport that you can play for life! At First Tee, we use the Op36 curriculum to give golfers a roadmap to compete on the golf course. Click here to learn more.

STEM Golf | Summer

The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. When you hear or see “golf,” what are some of the first words that come to mind? Were biomechanics and materials science on that list? You may not realize it, but golf, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are closely related. Participants will learn how having an understanding of environmental science, energy transfer, aerodynamics, measurement and computation, and more can help them be better golfers and students- It can even help them plan for future careers! Click here to learn more.

Summer Camps

Our Summer Day Camps are the ultimate golf experience! Youth learn new golf skills and valuable life skills, have fun through creative games, and get the opportunity to make new friends. To minimize summer learning loss and to help children improve, we also incorporate STEM education in daily activities.