Welcome to The First Tee of Central Florida. We’re glad that you are interested in learning more about our program. By participating in our program, your child 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 7-17.
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. Appropriate clothing is required. Proper golf attire consists of a collared shirt and khaki shorts or pants (jeans can also be worn but are not preferred). Any type of tennis or basketball shoe will work in place of golf shoes. All shoes must be closed toed. It is highly recommended that participant wear a hat to protect themselves 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 Central Florida operates its Golf and Life Skills Experience Program at local golf courses which we call Program Locations. Here are our 9 Program Locations: Casselberry Golf Club, Eagle Creek Golf Club, Hunters Creek Golf Club, Kissimmee Golf Club, Mayfair Golf Club, MetroWest Golf Club, Rio Pinar Golf Club, Stoneybrook West Golf Club, and Winter Park Golf Club. Click here to see a map of the Program Locations.
Q: When is The First Tee of Central Florida classes offered?
A: The First Tee of Central Florida offers five sessions of programs throughout the year. Schedules are typically published a week before registration begins.
2017 Session Schedule
2017 Winter Session
January 9 – March 11
Registration begins December 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon
2017 Spring Session
April 3 – June 3
Registration begins March 20, 2017 at 12:00 noon
2017 Summer Session A (Meets twice a week for 4 weeks)
June 19 – July 15
Registration begins June 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon
2017 Summer Session B (Meets twice a week for 4 weeks)
July 17 – August 11
Registration begins June 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon
2017 Fall Session
September 5 – November 6
Registration begins August 21, 2017 at 12:00 noon
Q: How often do classes meet?
A: In the Winter, Spring, and Fall sessions, classes meet once a week for an hour and a half for nine consecutive weeks. Over the summer, classes meet twice a week for an hour and a half for four consecutive weeks.
Q: What can I expect when I show up to class?
A: Classes will have up to 16 participants students and one or two trained The First Tee Coaches and/or volunteers. The First Tee of Central Florida aims to maintain a participant to coach ratio of 8:1. Classes begin promptly at the start time, have a quick introduction and warm up, followed by seamless games and activities, and wrapped up with our “Bridge to Life”.
Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: Fees for a Nine Week Session of classes range from $50 – $55 for the entire session. All participants must become an annual member, $25, when they sign up for their first session of the year. The annual membership is valid for the calendar year. The First Tee of Central 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 Central Florida offers financial assistance to those families that cannot afford the program fees. One of the objectives of The First Tee of Central Florida is to make the game of golf affordable and accessible to all. A program committee will review applications and notify parents if their child has been accepted into the program.
Q: What is included in the annual membership?
A: Once a year, participants receive an annual membership packet. The packet includes: a The First Tee of Central Florida polo, a drawstring backpack, tees, golf balls, ball mark repair tools, ball mark, Snoopy rules of golf and more!
Q: Is there a refund policy?
A: Full refunds will be made available when notified up to 72 hours prior to the first day of class. Parents must notify The First Tee of Central Florida by contacting Program Coordinator Shaun Sabia by e-mail only at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification within 72 hours of the start of class will receive a 50% refund. Refunds will not be available after programming has started.
Q: What if it rains?
A: In the event of storms (and Central Florida has a lot of them), The First Tee of Central Florida may decide to cancel class. In the event class is cancelled, you will receive an email at least 90 minutes prior to the start of class. The First Tee of Central Florida guarantees at least 7 of the 9 classes be completed. If more than 3 classes are cancelled in a session, class will either be extended in future weeks or added as a 10th week of class.
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 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. 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.