About The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula:
The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula serves local youth ages 5 - 17. It is a collaboration between local area golf courses and the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA. This program provides an environment for youth to learn valuable life skills through playing the game of golf.
The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula began with limited programming in the fall of 2011 at The Hamptons Golf Course. We now have 5 more program sites including Kiln Creek Golf Club, Colonial Heritage Golf Club, Two Rivers Country Club, The Pines Golf Course at Fort Eustis, and Newport News Golf Club. Through our Life Skills classes, National School Program, and outreach programs over 11,000 children throughout the Peninsula have been introduced to The First Tee.
Our vision is to make the game of golf accessible to all youth and positively impact their lives through programs that promote life skills, character development and healthy choices.
How Our Program Works
PLAYer (required minimum age 7) - The entrance level for all participants new to The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula. Introduces participants to playing golf and appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game. Special emphasis is given to The First Tee Code of Conduct and The Nine Core Values. Golf fundamentals include distance-control, target awareness, and getting ready to swing.
Par (required minimum age 9) - Must be PLAYer certified to enroll in this level. Focuses on self-management and interpersonal communication Life Skills. Golf fundamentals also include body balance, and clubface and ball contact at this level.
Birdie (required minimum age 11) - Must be par certified to enroll in this level. Focuses on the Life Skill goal setting. Golf fundamentals also include swing rhythm, and pre-shot and post-shot routines at this level.
Eagle (required minimum age 13) - Must be birdie certified to enroll in this level. Focuses resilience skills, conflict resolution, and planning for the future. Golf fundamentals also include ball flight and course management.
Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) - Once a participant has completed all levels in the program, they can become Ace-certified, focusing on life goals in golf, career education, and community service.
The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula offers three nine-week sessions during the year. There is one in the spring, summer and fall.
Wondering what class to put your child in? Click here for class descriptions.
Spring Registration Now Open!
Register now for the 2018 Spring program! We are offering our fullest nine-week class schedule to date with our Little Linksters, PLAYer, Par, and Teens classes from Hampton to Williamsburg! We are also offering a camp April 3-5 during spring break!
Click here for details and to REGISTER!!!
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