Welcome to The First Tee of Northwest Florida. We’re glad that you are interested in learning more about our program. By participating in our program, your child will be exposed to a curriculum that builds character and develops leadership skills while at the same time having fun learning the game of golf.
Q: Who can participate?
A: Boys and Girls ages 5-17.
Q: What equipment do I need?
A: If your child does have their own set of clubs, please bring them to every class. Children’s clubs, golf balls, and all learning equipment will be provided for those who need it. Appropriate clothing is required. Any type of tennis or basketball shoe will work in place of golf shoes. All shoes must be closed-toe. It is highly recommended that the participant wears a hat to protect them from the sun.
Q: What is The First Tee’s Golf and Life Skills Experience?
A: The First Tee’s Golf and Life Skills Experience is The First Tee’s hallmark program designed around teaching young people the game of golf, as well as helping them understand and ultimately develop The First Tee’s Nine Core Values.
Our curriculum was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development through sports and is delivered by caring adults (coaches) who have been formally trained by The First Tee.
At The First Tee, golf and life skills are seamlessly incorporated into each experience. In addition to covering the fundamentals of the golf swing and the etiquette and rules of the game, a sample of the life skills include: communication, self-management, goal setting, and overcoming challenges.
Q: Where are classes offered?
A: The First Tee of Northwest Florida operates its Golf and Life Skills Experience Program at local golf courses in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay Counties. Our program locations include: Escambia County – Osceola, Perdido Bay, Scenic Hills; Santa Rosa County – Stonebrook, Hidden Creek, Tanglewood, Tiger Point; Okaloosa/Walton – Bluewater Bay, Blackstone, Eglin, Ft. Walton Beach, Foxwood, Emerald Bay, Hurlburt; and Bay County – Holiday.
Q: When is The First Tee of Northwest Florida classes offered?
A: The First Tee of Northwest Florida offers three sessions of programs throughout the year; Spring, Summer, and Fall. We have lots of great events in between seasons, be sure to check out our calendar!
Q: How often do classes meet?
A: In the Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions, classes meet once a week for an hour to two hours ten times. Class times depend on participant levels.
Q: What can I expect when I show up to class?
A: Classes will have up to 20 participants and one or two trained The First Tee Coaches and/or Assistant Coaches.
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: All participants must become an annual member, $50, when they sign up for their first session of the year. The annual membership is valid from March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018. Target level classes are $90, ages 5-6, and meet for 9 weeks at an hour each meeting. PLAYer/Par level classes are $110, ages 7+, and meet for 10 weeks at an hour and a half each meeting. Birdie/Eagle level classes are $130 and meet for 10 weeks at two hours each meeting. The First Tee of Northwest Florida never turns a child away for an inability to pay. Financial assistance is available.
Q: What if we can’t afford the program fee?
A: The First Tee of Northwest Florida offers financial assistance to those families that cannot afford the program fees. One of the objectives of The First Tee of Northwest Florida is to make the game of golf affordable and accessible to all. Please contact one of our office staff for more information.
Q: What is included in the annual membership?
A: All participants of The First Tee of Northwest Florida are required to hold a membership. The cost is $50 per year, with financial assistance available, and is valid from March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018. Cardholders will receive area discounts (e.g., Pita Pit, Edwin Watts), junior golf rates at program locations, discounted registration for The First Tee of Northwest Florida and The Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association events and tournaments, and discounted rates at The First Tee of Northwest Florida Goofy Golf location (opening soon).
Q: Is there a refund policy?
A: Refunds may be available and are handled on a case by case basis. Please contact one of our office staff for questions.
Q: What if it rains?
A: In the event of inclement weather, The First Tee of Northwest Florida may decide to cancel class. If a class is canceled, you will receive an email prior to the start of class. The coaches at your location will communicate any make-up classes or extensions due to cancellation.
Q: Can my child miss classes?
A: Two of our Nine Core Values are responsibility and perseverance. We believe children learn best by example, and showing up for your class is an easy way to practice being responsible and honoring one’s commitments. Obviously, things do come up and people do take ill, schedule family vacations, etc., so we understand missing a class occasionally. When students know they are to miss a class, we ask that the student AND parents both notify the program director or coach at their location. Make-up classes will not be scheduled.
Q: What if I have two children participating in different levels? Is there any way I can group them together?
A: No, each certification level has a different curriculum. It’s important that each child is exposed to each level and progresses through the program at a comfortable pace.