Paralleling the structure of the golf instruction program, The First Tee Life Skills Experience™ is divided into five certification levels, starting with PLAYer and progressing through Par, Birdie, Eagle, and Ace.
The PLAYer level introduces participants to the game of golf and its values. The Par level focuses on the fundamental communication and self-management skills. The Birdie level deals primarily with goal-setting. The Eagle level gives participants advanced instruction and practice on mastering Par and Birdie level skills, as well as additional topics, such as conflict management, mentoring, and career planning. Our Ace level program is for the most skilled participants ages 14 and up who can build upon their life skill experiences learned in The First Tee as they prepare for life after high school.
Our staff is dedicated to bring The First Tee and Life Skills Experience to every child ages 7-18 in Brunswick County. Our TARGET Outreach Program establishes relationships with public and private schools in our area-integrating TARGET and related games into the current physical education curriculum.
The First Tee of Coastal Carolinas Golf and Life Skills Experience is divided into five certification levels, starting with PLAYer for the new participants ages 7 and up, progressing through Par, Birdie, Eagle, and ACE. As participants certify on both Golf and Life Skills within each level so they may progress to the next level of the program.
Each level of the Life Skills Experience is seamlessly taught incorporating life skills, golf skills, and core values into each lesson. Completion of each level is defined as a participant’s ability to meet nationally instituted certification guidelines. The program is self-paced, encouraging participants to explore and assess their abilities and set corresponding goals to meet national certification requirements. Certification is conducted at the end of each session.
The Life Skills Experience is offered during 8 weeks in the spring and fall classes.
During the summer months, we offer weekly summer camps for ages 7-15. The Summer Camps are for all abilities. We cover a wide variety of topics and golf skills centered around The Nine Core Values™.
PLAYer is the introductory level of The First Tee Life Skills Experience for children ages 7-17 years old. All participants (regardless of age or previous ability) will enter The First Tee Golf and Life Skills Experience at the PLAYer level. PLAYer teaches participants how to play the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf, The First Tee Code of Conduct, and The First Tee Nine Core Values™. These interpersonal and self-management skills will help out participants develop much more than their golf games.
The Par Level builds on the PLAYer level by introducing participants to life skills that will help them both on and off the golf course. The main focus of the Par level is to assist participants in acquiring several self-management techniques and interpersonal skills that will help them in managing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to perform at their best both on and off the golf course.
Of all of the life skills addressed in The First Tee Life Skills Experience, goal-setting is one of the most important. The Birdie level affords participants the opportunity to learn how to set and pursue their own goals. This will provide participants with a greater sense of purpose, direction, and motivation in their lives.
The Eagle Level is designed for participants who have demonstrated a commitment to both the game of golf and to attaining the associated set of Golf and Life Skills. An Eagle Level participant will learn about wellness, diversity, building go-to teams, and conflict management.
The Ace Level offers advanced instruction and practice in many of the Golf and Life Skills introduced in the PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle levels. Ace focuses on personal planning and reinforces interpersonal communication, self-management, goal-setting, self-coaching, and resilience skills that were applied in the earlier levels learned in The First Tee Life Skills Experience as they prepare for life after high school.
To progress from one certification level to the next, participants must complete a variety of Golf and Life Skills evaluations.
PLAYer Level: Written Golf/Life Skills test, Putting and Playing Requirements
Par Level: Written Golf Skills Test, Written Life Skills Test, Putting, Short game and Playing Requirement
Birdie Level: Written Golf Skills Test, Written Life Skills Test, Putting, Short game, Approach, Fairways, and Playing Requirement
Eagle Level: Written Golf Skills Test, Written Life Skills Test, Putting, Short game, Approach, Fairways, and Playing Requirement
Each level’s requirements get more difficult as the program is meant to grow and expand with the child’s development.
There are also age minimums that must be met to move up on to each level:
PLAYer: 7 years old* to enter
Par: 9 years old* to enter
Birdie: 11 years old* to enter
Eagle: 13 years old* to enter
Ace: 14 years old* to enter
* Age during the registered programming cycle.