Overview

The First Tee of the East Bay is not just a golf program. We are a positive youth development organization that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Through golf and our core values, young people learn life skills including:

  • Making proper introductions
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

The First Tee coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect, and appreciate the value of giving back to their community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.

The First Tee of the East Bay offers 8-week classes in the spring, summer, and fall. In addition to an introductory program (Target), there are currently five levels of golf and life skill instruction (see Program Details). Our award-winning Life Skills Curriculum is offered at Lake Chabot Golf Course, Metropolitan Golf Links, Montclair Golf Course, Skywest Golf Course, and Mission Hills of Hayward.

Target is an entry-level program for 5 & 6 year olds. Participants are introduced to the game of golf in a fun and safe environment.

From ages 7 through 18, youth progress through levels by demonstrating The First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills, as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of The First Tee program is completing the Ace level.

  • PLAYer (minimum age 7) – Tee it up and learn the fundamentals of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct. PLAYers are also introduced to The First Tee Nine Core Values.
  • Par (minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and planning for the future.
  • Ace (minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

Cost/scholarship

Regular Session Fees for PLAYer/PLAYer+, Par, Birdie, Eagle:

  • $150 for the first session within a calendar year (includes TFTEB administrative intake fee).
  • $110 for each additional session within the same calendar year.

Regular Session Fees for TARGET: $75 per session.

Partial Scholarship: $40 membership fee per session. To apply, submit a Partial Scholarship application (available online or by request). Please contact Barbara Wallace, Program Coordinator at 510-352-2002 or barbara@tfteb.org for any questions.

Program detailS/CLASSES

We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall over an eight-week period. The First Tee of the East Bay has 5 levels of golf and life skill instruction and participants must be between the ages of 5-18. Depending on the level, classes meet for one (1) to two (2) hours. Throughout these five levels participants will be exposed to interpersonal skills, self-management, goal setting, and resilience skills as well as the Nine Core Values- respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and integrity.