Core Values

Playing the game of golf can improve your quality of life as there are many physical, emotional and social benefits. First Tee’s Core Values are integrated into golf instruction to promote healthy, active lifestyles and mindsets for youth.


The quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive.
Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalies on themselves.


Strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct. Personal honesty and independence.
Golf is a game of honesty, etiquette and composure. You are responsible for your actions and personal conduct on the golf course.


Observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace.
You must know and abide by the rules of golf and be able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner.


To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
In golf it is important to show respect for yourself, your partners, your opponents and the golf course as well for the honor and traditions of the game.


Reliance or trust. Afeeling of self-assurance.
Confidence plays a role in the level of play you achieve. You must have confidence in your abilities everytime you play.


Accounting for one’s actions. Dependable.
In golf, you are responsible for yourself and your actions on the golf course. It is up to you to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair bal marks on the green and keep up with the pace of play.


To persist in an idea, pupose or task despite obstacles.
To succeed in golf, you must learn to persevere through bad breaks and your own mistakes.


Considerate behavior toward others. A polite remark or gesture.
A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Show courtesy toward others by remaining still and quiet while they prepare to execute a shot.


The ability to make a decision or form an opinion. A decision reached after consideration.
Using good judgement in critical in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy club selection, when to play it safe and when to take a chance, the type of shot you consider executing, as well as understanding and abiding by etiquette.

Key Commitments

The Key Commitments will help our participants discover and uncover what is inside of them and build and strengthen those assets
that enable them to grow and flourish throughout life. Key commitments seamlessly cohere with the core values.

Pursuing Goals

A goal is something that you want to be, do, or have and need to work for. We teach participants the steps to take in order to succeed at their goals. Game changers pursue goals as they grow in the game of golf and in life outside of the course. We will make attainable goals and work on outlining the steps that can get us there.

Growing through Challenge

Playing with perseverance: Commit, Don’t Quit! Life is full of challenges and we must learn how to overcome them by digging deep when things get tough and persevering. Participants will learn how to grow through challenges and what obstacles they might face on the golf course or in life.

Collaborating with Others

Learning how to build a Go-To Team. We teach participants how to do team exercises and work together towards a common goal. Learn how to treat one another with respect, and help them feel valued and important. We will show kindness, consideration and care for others. In the game of golf we are presented with opportunities to demonstrate respect and courtesy for ourselves, others and our surroundings each and every day.

Building a Positive Self-Identity

Teach participants how to have confidence in themselves and their abilities on and off the course. Work on building characteristics for becoming that Go-To Person for yourself and others. Confidence is not something that you are born with, it is something that develops over time.

Using Good Judgment

Participants learn that golf is the perfect sport to practice being honest as they rely on themselves and fellow players to keep their own score. Unlike other sports, there is no referee therefore we must act with both honesty and integrity. This is one of the most important commitments you can make as a game changer both on and off the course.