First Tee clinics are open to boys and girls ages 5–18.
The First Tee of Pittsburgh is a non-profit youth development agency whose mission is to impact 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. For the latest information about our most current programs, please visit the left column and click on LOCATIONS, then choose the course nearest to you.
The Parent Mini-Handbook has all of the policies specific to
The First Tee of Pittsburgh and all of our off-site program locations.
The First Tee of Pittsburgh, 5370 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 Office (412)622-0108; Pro Shop (412)622-6959; Fax (412)682- 2405
The First Tee of Pittsburgh provides all equipment needed for the clinic. Please label personal equipment.
Target, PLAYer and PAR level participants should wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes.
Birdie, Eagle, and Ace participants must come in golf appropriate attire unless otherwise specified.
Parent orientation is held week 1 of each session.
Weather cancellations are posted one hour before clinic at www.thefirstteepittsburgh.org or on our Facebook page
Make-up sessions occur if 2 or more clinics are canceled (sessions can and will be held inside if necessary)
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED BY THE FIRST TEE OF PITTSBURGH. A PARTICIPANT SPOT WILL NOT BE HELD WITHOUT PAYMENT IN FULL OR COMPLETED SCHOLARSHIP FORM.
You can learn a lot about our program from the National Parent's Guide.
Download your copy here - 2015 Parents Guide
Levels of The First Tee of Pittsburgh
Please register your child for the correct clinic based on the following criteria:
- TARGET - first time golfers ages 5 & 6
- PLAYer 1 - first time golfers ages 7 to 18
- PLAYer 2 - passed PLAYer 1 requirements
- PLAYer 3 - passed PLAYer 2 requirements
- PAR 1 - for all PLAYer 3 certified golfers (min age is 9)
- PAR 2 - passed PAR 1 requirements
- PAR 3 - passed PAR 2 requirements
- Birdie 1 - for all PAR 3 certified golfers (min age is 11)
- Birdie 2 - passed Birdie 1 requirements
- Birdie 3 - passed Birdie 2 requirements
- Eagle 1 - for all Birdie 3 certified golfers (min age is 13)
- Eagle 2 - passed Eagle 1 requirements
- Eagle 3 - passed Eagle 2 requirements
- ACE - for all Eagle 3 certified golfers
The First Tee of Pittsburgh offers 6 Sessions per year
Winter SIM Leagues (indoor) - Jan into Feb - 5 weeks - The Bob & Pleasant Ridge only
Indoor Pre-Season* - mid Feb thru March - 7 weeks - The Bob & Pleasant Ridge only
Spring* - mid April into June - 7 weeks - most locations
Summer* - July and August - 7 weeks - most locations
Fall* - mid September thru October - 7 weeks - most locations
Year-End SIM Leagues (indoor) - Nov into Dec - 5 weeks - The Bob & Pleasant Ridge only
* = certification sessions
Our ONLINE registration process is simple and safe. Please note the following:
All clinics are capped and registration is first come, first served.
The First Tee of Pittsburgh provides all equipment that is needed.
You will not receive any additional confirmation unless there is an issue with your registration. Please arrive at the first session ten minutes before start time.
Scholarships are available for all clinics at all locations.
A parent orientation is held during the first 20 minutes of the first clinic. Information about the program, enrichment opportunities, and other benefits are reviewed.
Weather cancellations are posted on our website and our Facebook page one hour before start time. Please "Like" our Facebook page to get this and more updated information.
Please do not call the local golf courses about First Tee program information. You may call The First Tee of Pittsburgh at 412-622-0108.
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS ISN'T COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. A ROSTER SPOT WILL NOT BE HELD WITHOUT PAYMENT IN FULL OR A COMPLETED SCHOLARSHIP FORM.
Please call Alison Boyle at 412-622-0108 for any questions concerning registration or payment. Or, email her at email@example.com
Golf and Life Skill Clinics are held at The First Tee of Pittsburgh throughout the year.
Certification Clinics are held 4 times per year: Indoor Pre-Season session, Spring session, Summer session and Fall session, for seven weeks each.
Also, Indoor SIM Leagues are held twice per year: Year-End session and Winter session for five weeks each.
Clinics for groups from schools, youth serving agencies, faith groups and clubs are scheduled with group leaders to meet the specific needs of each group.
In order to accommodate a wide range of ages the following levels are offered.
TARGET: The TARGET level is broken down into six components which are used to spark curiosity in the game of golf, meet new people, and have fun. In the TARGET level, The First Tee concepts of interpersonal skills and self-management are the focus of each lesson. The TARGET level is for 5 and 6 year old participants.
PLAYer: The PLAYer level (PLAYer 1, PLAYer 2, & PLAYer 3) helps to establish the foundation for young people to become lifelong PLAYers of the game of golf. The PLAYer level starts at 7 years old and is the introductory level for all PLAYers new to The First Tee. The PLAYer level introduces the Nine Core Values and incorporates them into each lesson. (TARGET enrollment is not a requirement to participate at the PLAYer level).
PAR: The PAR level (PAR 1, PAR 2, & PAR 3) participants are introduced to the intellectual side of playing golf while learning skills that will help them on and off the golf course. The main focus of the PAR level is to assist participants in acquiring several self-management techniques that will help them in managing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to perform at their best on and off the golf course. The focus of the PAR core lessons is on self-management which helps to provide the underpinnings for the external self-management and goal setting skills PLAYers will acquire at the Birdie and Eagle levels. The ideal age for cognitive, emotional, and physical readiness for the PAR level is 9 years old.
Birdie: In the Birdie level (Birdie 1, Birdie 2, & Birdie 3), the life skill focus is on goal setting. Participants with the ability to set and pursue their own goals will have a greater sense of purpose, direction, and motivation in their lives. The purpose of the Birdie level is to help participants learn how to identify personal goals and to develop strategy for reaching their goals. The ideal age of cognitive, emotional, and physical readiness for the Birdie level is 11 years old.
Eagle: During the Eagle level (Eagle 1, Eagle 2, & Eagle 3), the focus is on developing the participant in all aspects of golf and life. Participants build on the self-management, interpersonal skills, and goal setting techniques of the PLAYer, Par, and Birdie levels with a specific emphasis on resilience skills, conflict resolution, and planning for the future. The Eagle level has a mandatory starting age of 13 years old.