The First Tee impacts the lives of young people.
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The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation. Its mission is to impact the lives of children by providing learning facilities and educational programs to promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. On January 14, 2008, The First Tee of the Coachella Valley celebrated its grand opening at what was then known as The Golf Center of Palm Desert. We are proud to offer this exciting program to the children of the Coachella Valley.
Our vision is to teach The First Tee Nine Core Values, providing the vehicle through which kids can accomplish their dreams, thrive socially, excel academically and athletically and become productive members of society with integrity, strong family values and a commitment to community.
THE FIRST TEE OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY YOUTH GOLF PROGRAM
The First Tee can help your child have fun by learning a life-long sport along with important life skills. Programming is age- and competency-based, with kids demonstrating proficiency in learned golf skills and the related life skills curriculum. Each level of attainment is acknowledged through certification and the awarding of golf privileges.
Through collaborative partnerships, The First Tee Youth Golf Program is part of the physical education curriculum at all 14 elementary schools within the Coachella Valley Unified School District during the 2012-2013 school years and in select schools at the Desert Sands Unified School District. Since its inception, The First Tee program has taught more than 10,000 students the game of golf.
A one-year membership to The First Tee of the Coachella Valley is an all-inclusive participant fee of $120 per student.* Students receive the following benefits:
- Instruction in sessions that run year-round
- Daily access to the Golf Course at The First Tee of Coachella Valley**
- Use of all necessary golf equipment and program materials
- Daily access to the driving range, small bucket of balls and golf equipment**
- Participation in special events such as the Kraft Nabisco Championship Master Class
*Families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program through their local schools are offered a membership for $60/year. Membership waivers for qualifying participants are also offered. Proof of need for a discount or scholarship required. Please contact the Pro Shop for information.
**PLAYer 9 and above or with coach's permission
***Age and player ability waivers may apply“ please call First Tee for requirements
Using large, safe, plastic SNAG equipment (Starting New At Golf), The Little Linksters are introduced to the basic concepts of golf, while also being exposed to the life skills curriculum of The First Tee program. Ages 4-6. Registration is at the Pro Shop.
Regardless of age and experience, all new First Tee program participants ages 7 and up begin in a PLAYer class.
- PLAYer 3: SNAG equipment is used, with the curriculum emphasizing learning the game through a series of creative and interactive activities on the golf course. The first three of the nine Core Values are introduced and reviewed for mastery. Recommended ages 7-8.
- PLAYer 6: Students are introduced to the first six Core Values and asked to incorporate them while playing the game and when away from the golf course. PLAYer 6 begins to integrate real golf equipment into their class experience. Recommended ages 9-11.
- PLAYer 9: Students are introduced to all nine Core Values and asked to incorporate them while playing the game and when away from the golf course. PLAYer 9 is designed for those who have had some moderate exposure to the game of golf. Real golf equipment is used exclusively in all classes. Recommended ages 12 and up.
Once students have completed the PLAYer levels, they are eligible for the PAR curriculum, which focuses on inter-personal skills and self-management. A minimum of two PAR sessions are required in order to certify into BIRDIE level.
BIRDIE LEVEL 1 AND EAGLE LEVEL 2
Congratulations to those who have reached BIRDIE level! It means you have put a significant amount of hard work and commitment into your nine Core Values and life skills curriculum and your golf skill set have advanced. The life skills curriculum for BIRDIE and EAGLE focuses on goal setting. Once certified in BIRDIE 1, students are eligible for EAGLE Level 2. Age requirements are 11 and up (BIRDIE) and 14+ (EAGLE).
LPGA*USGA GIRLS GOLF
Girls' golf is a driving sport! Our LPGA*USGA program teaches girls self-paced golf skill development, while also engaging them in fun activities such as family and bring-a-friend nights, movies and pizza, putting tournaments, community service projects and more. Stop by the Pro Shop for our schedule and to register. Ages 7—17.
THE FIRST TEE OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY GOLF TEAM
Ready to exercise those nine Core Values and your golf skills in a friendly, competitive setting? Current members of The First Tee of the Coachella Valley can try out for our Golf Team. Here's how the tryouts work: Between each eight-week session, juniors trying to earn a spot on the team play 18 holes of golf for three consecutive days at The First Tee of the Coachella Valley. The top five boys and top 5 girls will make the cut, with 10 additional spots available for a developmental squad. The Golf Team meets twice a week, one day for practice and one for competition. Tee up! Ages 12—17.
SUPPORT FOR FIRST TEE
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley is supported by Desert Recreation Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit organization. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance, preserve, promote and expand the Coachella Valley's recreational activities, programs, parks and facilities through private and corporate support. The Foundation offers financial assistance to those who may otherwise be unable to participate.
Monetary donations and golf equipment donations are always appreciated and are tax-deductible. The Foundation welcomes your tax-deductible donations including cash, endowments, trusts and corporate sponsorships.