The First Tee of Greater Detroit

To make golf accessible to all youth in metro Detroit, with a focus on underrepresented boys and girls in Detroit. The First Tee of Greater Detroit helps reshape the worldview of young people in Detroit and surrounding areas by teaching life skills and character education though the game of golf. We partner with schools, parents and the community to provide evidence-based curricula for participants to achieve successful outcomes for their future. The Greater Detroit chapter is part of a national youth development organization, The First Tee, focused on instilling life-enhancing values in children through the game of golf.

Partner Golf Courses

City of Detroit Golf Courses

Rackham Golf Course, 10100 West 10 Mile Rd., Huntington Woods, MI 48070 
Chandler Park Golf Course, 12801 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit, 48213 
Rouge Park Golf Course, 11701 Burt Rd, Detroit, MI 48228

Other Golf Courses

Maple Lane Golf Course, 33203 Maple Lane Dr., Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Red Oaks Golf Course, 29600 John R Rd., Madison Heights, MI  48071

The First Tee Program Levels

The First Tee Program Certification Levels

Target
This is the introductory level class for youth ages 5 – 6 years old. It provides a fun and safe environment that creates curiosity about the game of golf. This class utilizes the Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits to create a fun and seamless environment for participants to learn the game of golf.

PLAYer
This is the introductory level class for The First Tee.  All participants must start at this level when first joining the organization.   This class utilizes the Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits to create a fun and seamless environment for participants to learn the game of golf.

Par
This class is for participants who have successfully completed certification at the PLAYer level.  It will build on the skills, Nine Core Values and Healthy  Habits learned in the PLAYer program, and have a greater focus on interpersonal communication and self-management skills.

Birdie
This class is for participants who have successfully completed certification at the Par level.  It will build on what was learned in the PLAYer and Par levels and have a concentrated emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.

Eagle
This class is for participants who have successfully completed certification at the Birdie level.  It will build on what was learned in the PLAYer, Par, and Birdie levels and has a concentrated emphasis on learning resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.

Ace
This class is for participants who have successfully completed certification at the Eagle level.  It will build on what was learned in the PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle levels and will hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

When
The First Tee of Greater Detroit offers 6 weeks programs during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Registration will open the last week of April.

Cost
$50 per student for 6 weeks – 1 hour sessions (6 total hours of instruction) and includes an annual Youth on Course membership.

Scholarships are available for those in need. Please contact the Program Department at scholarships@thefirstteegreaterdetroit.org for more information.