The First Tee of the East Bay Classes


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.

See Classes/Camps for information on current sessions.


2018 Spring Session: CLICK HERE!

2018 Summer Session: Coming Soon!

2018 Summer Camp: Coming Soon!

2018 Fall Session: Coming Soon!


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 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.


Target (for 5 & 6 year olds)

Target is an entry-level program that introduces participants to the game of golf in a fun and safe environment. Target participants learn how to respect their peers, themselves, and their surroundings while experiencing target awareness.

PLAYer (minimum age 7)

PLAYers are introduced to The First Tee Nine Core Values and gain the basic fundamentals of the golf set-up and swing. PLAYers are separated into sub-groups based on their age, performance, and experience in the program:

  • PLAYer 1 includes all new participants ages 7-11.
  • PLAYer 2 includes returning participants ages 7-11.
  • PLAYer Teen/Plus includes all participants, new and returning, ages 12 and up.

Par (minimum age 9)

Par level focuses on self-management and interpersonal communication skills. The Par level curriculum builds on the basic fundamentals and incorporates additional golf skills such as swing rhythm, club face awareness, and balance. Participants in Par must turn 9 years of age within the first four weeks of the next session to be promoted from the PLAYer level to the Par level.

Click here for the PLAYer certifying requirements.

Click here for the Par level Golf Rules.

Click here for the Par Level Individual Practice Sheet.

Birdie (minimum age 11)

Birdie level emphasizes goal setting and resiliency. The golf skills are more advanced and participants spend more time on the golf course working on advanced physical and mental pre and post shot routines. Participants in Birdie must turn 11 years of age within the first four weeks of the next session to be promoted from the Par level to the Birdie level.

Click here for the Par certifying requirements.

Click here for the Birdie level Goal Ladder Practice Sheet.

Eagle (minimum age 13)

Eagle level focuses on advanced interpersonal communication and mentoring skills as well as planning for the future. Eagle players develop advance golf skills such as shot shaping, ball trajectory, and course management while continuing to develop and master the fundamentals. Participants also develop mental sports psychology skills as well as mindfulness practices.  Participants in Eagle must turn 13 years of age within the first four weeks of the next session to be promoted from the Birdie level to the Ace level.

Click here for the Birdie certifying requirements.

Ace (minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade)

Ace certification is the highest level a participant can achieve at The First Tee of the East Bay. After completing the four levels of certification, (PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle), participants have the option of working towards this final step in the program. Ace focuses on personal planning and reinforces skills such as self-management, goal-setting, self-coaching, interpersonal communication, and resilience. Using these skills, participants will become Ace-certified by completing four projects that will help them build a foundation in higher education and career planning.


Looking for something the kids can do this summer that is both fun AND educational? The First Tee summer camp may be just what you’re looking for! Beginning in late June, The First Tee of the East Bay offers one-week, golf-intensive camps for youth ages 8-18. Participants learn the fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, and are introduced to our character education program that helps young people prepare for success at school, at home, and in their community. Summer program participants receive additional golf instruction and on-course play. Lessons are offered in a fun, activity-based group setting with trained coaches. Camps are run separately from the eight-week Summer Session, and participation in a camp does not change the participant’s level status.



SNAG (Starting New At Golf) takes place in schools and in community and youth development centers in Oakland and Hayward. The goal of The First Tee SNAG is to introduce the game of golf to young people and raise interest in our 8-week Green Grass program.


DRIVE (Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone) is an activity-based program specifically designed for youth-serving organizations like the Y and the Boys & Girls Club. The First Tee DRIVE gives young people the chance to learn about golf and develop character through fun golf games. We supply the curriculum, the equipment, and the training for youth leaders to deliver the program. The First Tee DRIVE is designed to introduce youth to golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values — honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The First Tee DRIVE Overview

National School Program

In more than 9,000 elementary schools across the United States, many students are teeing off for the first time thanks to The First Tee National School Program that brings our curriculum to your child’s gym during physical education class. Through safe, fun activities, elementary students are learning the basic skills of the lifelong sport of golf.  By teaching elementary students The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits, we are putting them on the course to a healthy and active lifestyle.

The First Tee’s National School Program