Classes at Golf Courses

We offer after-school and weekend programs at 14 golf facilities throughout DC, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery County, MD.  To find a location near you visit our locations page.  Classes occur during after school hours and on weekends, times and days vary throughout locations.  Young people attend class once a week during a session.  We offer 4 sessions throughout the year, Pre-Season (March – April), Spring (May-June), Summer (July-August), and Fall (September-October).

Fall Session September 11 – october 22

The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC is not your typical youth sports program, we use golf to teach young people life lessons and leadership skills. Classes  include a fun, group setting for youth ages 7 to 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, The First Tee helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

The fall session has just begun and PLAYers will take part in programming for six weeks.  Classes begin the week of September 11th and will run through the week of October 16th.  We’re excited to have you all back out on the golf course.


Class structure

Classes are 1.5 hours long at each location.  Each class consists of a physical warm-up, a core lesson, golf skill activities, and a wrap up.  Through a six week session, kids will go through six classes each class having a different lesson based off of The First Tee Nine Core Values.

A Youth Program Unlike Any Other

The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:

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

Advancing through the Program

From age 7 through 18, youth progress through different 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 is completing Ace.

  • PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (recommended minimum age13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • Ace (required 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.

Scholarships available for Military Families and those on Free or Reduced Lunch at school.  Additional scholarships available, please contact Clint Sanchez, at, for more information. 

The Power of Relationships

“I consider my coaches at The First Tee to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” –alumnus

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 our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.