Parent Orientation & Clinic Overview






Down load our Fall 2015 Parent Orientation - PARENT ORIENTATION 2015 

All 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 program 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 the course nearest to you.


 You can learn a lot about our program from the Parent's Guide.

Download your copy here - 2015 Parents Guide


Register on-line at


  • The First Tee of Pittsburgh, 5370 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217  Office (412)622-0108; Pro Shop (412)622-6959; Fax (412)682- 2405

  • TFTP 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 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) 


Level Descriptions

  • Target - for all TFTP golfers ages 5 to 6
  • PLAYer 1 - first time TFTP golfers ages 7 to 18
  • PLAYer 2 - passed PLAYer I requirements  ages 7 to 18
  • PLAYer  3 - passed PLAYer II requirements ages 7 to 18
  • Par 1 - passed PLAYer III requirements ages 9 to 18
  • Par 2 - passed PAR I golfers ages 9 to 18
  • PAR 3-  passed PAR II requirements ages 9 to 18
  • Birdie 1 - for all PAR certified golfers ages 9 to 18
  • Birdie 2 - passed Birdie I requirements golfers ages 9 to 18
  • Eagle - for all Birdie certified golfers ages 12 to 18






Golf and Life Skill Clinics are held at The First Tee of Pittsburgh throughout the year.  Clinics are held for families from the community seasonally: winter, spring, summer and fall, for six week sessions.

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 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 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 idea age for cognitive, emotional, and physical readiness for the Par level is 9 years old.

Birdie: In the Birdie level, 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 idea age of cognitive, emotional, and physical readiness for the Birdie level is 11 years old.

Eagle: During the Eagle level, 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.