All of our programs give kids a safe place to grow with coaches trained to create supportive environments and who help them navigate challenges during golf lessons but more importantly, off the course. Kids take the lessons they learn in the program with them into everything they do. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids' self-confidence grow tremendously, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships
Golf is unique from other sports because players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. The sport is a perfect platform for helping young people develop character because just like in life, players experience the highs and lows of the game.
PLAYer JUNIOR GOLF GROUP LESSONSYour child's primary goal for the PLAYer Junior Golf Group Lessons is to pass the "PLAYer Team Certification" requirements to become eligible for First Tee - Tampa Bay Par & Birdie Golf Teams. See the “ PLAYer Team Certification” requirements by clicking HERE. If your child already meets the “ PLAYer Team Certification” requirements, he or she should enroll in First Tee - Tampa Bay’s Par Golf Team. In the PLAYer Junior Golf Group Lessons, participants ages 5-18 receive golf instruction in classes with no larger than an six-to-one student/instructor ratio. The classes meet once per week for seven weeks, 60 minutes per class, during which time the participants are taught the fundamentals, rules and etiquette of golf along with a curriculum of life skills. All classes are led by a PGA professional or other qualified golf instructor. These sessions will be offered continuously throughout the year. Students who have their own golf clubs are encouraged to bring them to class; however, for any student who does not have equipment, First Tee - Tampa Bay will provide the appropriate clubs for each session. First Tee’s PLAYer level curriculum is covered in PLAYer Group Golf Lessons. For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
Par & Birdie Junior GOLF TEAM
SUMMER JUNIOR GOLF CAMP
The Players Club
Through The Players Club, high school junior golfers will build friendships, explore life skills, improve golf skills, and be given life impacting opportunities. Participants of The Players Club will also receive scholarships to help pay for local competitive playing events. For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
The Players Club will meet on Friday's. Meetings will include golf instruction, on course play, guest speakers, college prep classes, and life skill lessons. First Tee’s Eagle level curriculum is covered in Players Club. In addition to the instruction students will participate in community service projects, fun social events with their peers, play golf with Board Members and Special Friends of First Tee - Tampa Bay. The Players Club is a FREE program for students who are:
-In high school golfers grades 9-12 (boys & girls) -Have on course golf experience -Average double par or better for 18 holes
The Junior Golf Tournament Series is for ages 7-18. It gives students the opportunity to take skills they have learned at practice and apply them on the golf course in a competitive environment. Junior Golf Tournaments are one-day, 9-hole events for ages 12 and younger and two-day, 36-hole, Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranked events for ages 13 and older. For more information about cost, locations, and schedule click on this sentence.
P.E. PlayerAt select middle schools in Hillsborough County, 6th graders will be taught the PLAYer level curriculum in First Tee's Life Skills Experience using both modified and standard golf equipment. Two First Tee instructors will go to each school for three consecutive weeks and work with the 6th grade students in the physical education classes (which students take daily). The First Tee instructor, along with the school's P.E. staff, will teach the children all of the necessary requirements of the PLAYer level including golf fundamentals, rules, etiquette, pace of play and more. The ultimate goal of this program is to have each student pass the PLAYer level and be ready for next-step First Tee programs Group Golf Lessons and Golf Team.
OTHER FTTB PROGRAMS
First Tee - Tampa Bay conducts several other programs for children throughout the year. These all have separate enrollment procedures and are not available for open registration. For more specific information on any of these programs, call First Tee - Tampa Bay at 813-238-7320.
School Program - First Tee trains local physical education teachers on how to introduce the basics in golf skills to children in their yearly program. The curriculum is based on national physical education standards and emphasizes character-education through an introduction to First Tee's Nine Core Values. Each child participates in at least four lessons. By the end of 2019, there were more than 74,000 children at 148 Hillsborough County elementary schools participating in this program. Following the School Program at their school, the students take home information describing upcoming future First Tee - Tampa Bay programs that are available in their area. For more information on First Tee's School Program, Click Here
Afterschool PLAYer - Select afterschool youth programs come out to our main facility at Rogers Park where children will be taught the PLAYer level curriculum in The First Tee's Life Skills Experience using standard golf equipment by a TFTTB instructor.
Travel Teams - This program is comprised of more advanced FTTB members who play in our weekly Teams program. These FTTB members will play 18 holes of golf at select sites throughout the area including some of the finer country clubs and golf courses. Each Travel Team match is made up of up to 12 FTTB youth members. All players will have passed FTTB criteria for playing ability, golf rules and course etiquette, and an adult chaperone playing with each group would ensure speedy play. If you have a site that might be interested in hosting a Travel Team match, please call First Tee - Tampa Bay at 813-238-7320.
Junior League - An initiative of the PGA, the Junior League is a summer golf league for children 8-12 that somewhat models the baseball little league structure. FTTB forms local teams to play matches during the summer against other like teams in the area
College Scholarships - First Tee - Tampa Bay has access to a variety of different college scholarships each year that are available to FTTB members who are high school seniors. To apply, call First Tee - Tampa Bay at 813-238-7320 for a scholarship application. For more information about how to apply click on this sentence.