First Tee – Lakeland Programming

The First Tee – Lakeland’s program consists of two curriculum’s: one focused on golf, the other on life skills. These curriculum’s work together to allow participants to progress the the next level in the First Tee program. In order to progress to the next level, participants must show proficiency in both golf and life skills curriculum.

The golf curriculum starts by teaching participants the fundamentals of the game. As players become more skilled, they have the opportunity to progress into competitive, tournament play with their mentors as constant guides.

The life skills curriculum is something of which we are extremely proud. It was created by a team of top academicians from leading universities around the country, including the Stanford Research Institute. At The First Tee of Lakeland it is divided into 6 levels, with a Front 9 and Back 9 progression starting at the PLAYer level.

Target (Introduction ages 6-7): Designed to introduce youth to the game while making it fun. SNAG equipment (Starting New At Golf) is used in the beginning to encourage early success.

PLAYer (required min. age is 8): The starting class for anyone new to our program, regardless of skill. The first certification level of the First Tee program for students age 8 and older. Introduction to basic golf swing fundamentals on the course.

Par (min. age 10): Students who have successfully completed the PLAYer level will be exposed to the rules of the game, formats of play, etiquette and traditions of the game.

Birdie (suggested min. age is 12): Birdie level is designed for the more advanced junior golfer who has completed the Par level. Students will focus on the skills and strategies necessary for tournament golf.

Eagle (required min. age 14): The Eagle level is the most advanced level of the First Tee program. Eagle will prepare students and give them a better understanding for conflict management, mentoring and career planning, competitive tournaments and leagues. Participants who have successfully completed the Eagle level may contact Program Coordinator, John Copeland for golf related opportunities outside of the classes.

To pass the certification test and move to the next level, all students must be exposed to the concepts in the core lessons, as well as demonstrate a clear understanding of the core life skills.