FIRST TEE – NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
What is First Tee Purpose? We know that character is something you cultivate. We exist to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges.
How do you build character through golf? We see golf as a metaphor for life – a game with unexpected challenges and ups and downs that help build strengths beyond the technical skills to play the game. Through introspective questions, interactive games, and immersive golf exercises, we design each lesson to help kids build a better understanding of themselves and empower them to strengthen the parts of them that they take to everything they do. Research proves it works.
Will my child be participating in a safe environment? We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all participants and individuals affiliated with the organization. As part of our commitment, all coaches and volunteers must complete a background check before working with our youth. In addition, all coaches, volunteers and board members will be required to complete the SafeSport training program.
What are the core focus areas you’re helping kids to develop? During our classes, we seamlessly integrate golf skills, life skills, and healthy choices into each lesson. Kids will learn skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like: Understanding and managing emotions, resolving conflicts, setting up step-by-step goals, planning for the future, appreciating diversity.
Equipment – We provide clubs and all needed equipment for students. You are welcome to bring your own equipment as well.
Who can play? We offer group golf lessons to kids and teens ages 5-18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is that kids come with an open mind and positive attitude.
What if my child has never picked up a golf club before? We know it can feel intimidating to start something new. Everyone was a beginner once and our coaches are trained in creating a supportive environment to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have fun while learning about themselves and golf.
Financial concerns? No worries. We offer financial aid to those who need it.
My child is new to First Tee. What class should I sign up for? If you are new to First Tee, we recommend registering for one of our Golf and Life Skills Classes. Each class will focus on the First Tee life skills curriculum, as well as, learn the basic fundamentals of the game.