History of the First Tee
Research has shown the primary reason more children, and especially economically disadvantaged children, do not play golf is because of the lack of places that welcome them. In 1997, the World Golf Foundation created The First Tee as a way to bring golf to young people that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values.
The First Tee, 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, is supported by golf's major organizations, including:
In addition, former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair. He succeeds his father, former President George H. W. Bush, who served as The First Tee’s honorary chair since the organization’s inception in 1997 and shifted to an honorary chair emeritus role.
The First Tee Life Skills Experience
Along with establishing an initial goal of providing golf learning facilities that enable young people from every walk of life to partake in the game, The First Tee realized that there existed a larger opportunity to teach life skills.
Sports have been a traditional vehicle for teaching life lessons. The First Tee Life Skills Experience was formulated with the help of academic, sport psychology, youth development and golf experts to proactively teach these lessons for life as part of the basic instruction program. The First Tee is unique in that these life skills are intentional delivered. A participant cannot opt out of the life skills instruction because these lessons are seamlessly integrated into the golf activities.