The First Tee of Greater Detroit makes golf accessible to all youth (ages 6 years old to 17 years old) in metro Detroit with a focus on underrepresented young people in Detroit. We help reshape the worldview of underserved young people in Detroit and surrounding areas by teaching life skills and character education through 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. We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Tax ID 46-3655916.

Seasonal Programming

The First Tee of Greater Detroit is dedicated to seeing our participants succeed academically, socially, and athletically. Our Life Skills Experience provides an opportunity for all three. The Life Skills Experience is for students age 6-17 and includes six-classes per session. Throughout the six classes, basic golf skills are taught alongside The First Tee Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits. Our sessions consist of six-hour-long classes at various times during the week. We offer Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. The cost per session is $50 and includes an annual Youth on Course membership. There are scholarships available for participants with financial need.

All participants new to The First Tee will start at the PLAYer Level regardless of age or ability. If you would like more information on the Life Skills Experience, click here.


At The First Tee of Greater Detroit, we are focused on encouraging youth to succeed. We believe engaging in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), provides youth with new opportunities and career paths.The First Tee STEM Links is a youth program that leads participants through nine experiments that align a STEM concept with relevant golf experiences.

As an example, participants learn how STEM concepts such as geometric scaling, kinematics and six degrees of freedom are skills needed for reading greens and holing putts. Also, participants learn the function of golf clubs by charting the domain (distance) and range (dispersion) of each club which will improve their ability to plan and estimate when playing the game.

Through STEM Links, The First Tee of Greater Detroit coaches deliver the program to participants ages 10-14, measuring their activities and progress through a “range book.” The STEM Links program offers a Range Book Front Nine Course, a Range Book Back Nine Course, and a Field Guide Green Ecolab. The First Tee of Greater Detroit will offer the 2019 STEM programs as week long summer camps.

The Range Books include nine exercises (holes), each introducing a STEM concept. The objective of each hole is to experience these STEM concepts through a series of activities (shots). Completing all the shots on each hole will demonstrate the practical application of the STEM concept through relevant golf exercises. The Front Nine and Back Nine Courses provide fun and engaging experiences to reinforce and strengthen science and math academics.

The STEM Links Green Ecolab, offers fun, hands-on activities engaging students in a living lab while learning about water, soil, plants, and animals ecosystems found within a golf course environment. Students will be posed with a variety of questions and together in groups will be tasked with using their environment to come up with the answers. Every experiment consists of pre-field work to be done in the classroom along with field activities to be completed at the golf course and some post-field exercises to be completed back in the classroom to reinforce learning of key objectives.

golf Career academy

The First Tee of Greater Detroit will offer a workforce development program. New to the 2019 season, the program will encompass a two track career academy for high school age participants. The students will have the opportunity to participate in a Caddie or Coach cohort. There is an application and interview process for admission. This workforce development program is geared toward applicants who either reside in the city of Detroit, have low-to-moderate income households, or are females 15 to 18 years of age. This program cost is supported by donors and sponsors of The First Tee of Greater Detroit.

The Caddie cohort is a 15-week program, which will consists of caddie training, golf lessons, leadership training. college visits, mentoring and The First Tee Nine Core Values. This program will lead to a paid opportunity to work at an area golf club. Similar to the caddy cohort, the Coach cohort is a 15-week program offering leadership training, college visits, and mentoring. In addition, the Coach cohort works toward becoming a First Tee coach. This program will lead to a paid opportunity to work for The First Tee of Greater Detroit as a coach for the seasonal program. Students have the opportunity to broaden their career choices by participating in both cohorts.

National School Program (NSP)

The First Tee National School Program was created for elementary school students to develop an interest in golf.. This in-school program introduces golf along with The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to students in physical education (PE) classes. The PE teacher registers for The First Tee’s 2-hour online training and certification. After successful completion, the PE teacher will receive resources, lesson plan examples and supplies. There is no cost to the school or PE teacher. The program is supported by The First Tee of Greater Detroit and a matching grant from The First Tee national office.

Please call the program department for more information 313-820-3362.