The Power of Relationships

The First Tee of Western NY coaches foster positive relationships that inspire young people to discover their individual potential. We impact the lives of over 4000 participants each year through our outreach and on-course programming.

Through The First Tee of Western NY Life Skills Experience, young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to their community, all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.

Beyond the Golf Course
The First Tee National School Program

Delivered by trained physical educators in elementary schools across the United States, this in-school program introduces golf along with The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits to students in physical education classes.

The First Tee DRIVE

Delivered by youth leaders at partnering after-school locations, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs and the Ys, this program provides an activity-based approach to introduce golf and character education in a fun environment.

Coaches and Volunteers

The First Tee of Western NY is always looking for interested individuals to work with our young people as they learn golf and life skills through fun and seamless activities. We hope that you will join our team as we strive to positively impact young lives in our community!

The Basics

Who can play?

The First Tee of Western NY offers group lessons to all youth ages 7-18, regardless of background or previous experience. All we ask is young people come with an open mind and positive attitude.

What locations is The First Tee of WNY providing programming?

The First Tee of Western NY provides programming at the following locations: Elma Meadows GC, Grover Cleveland GC, Glen Oak GC, Harvest Hill, Spruce Ridge, Brighton GC, Paddock Golf Dome.

What about golf equipment?

The First Tee of Western NY provides access to clubs and balls. No need for special golf attire.

My child has never picked up a golf club before.

Our coaches are trained in positive youth development. That means they are experts in making young people feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.

Young people building character - really?

Each lesson is designed to foster golf skills as well as help youth understand and ultimately develop The First Tee Nine Core Values.

And, research proves it works.

How do young people progress?

Participants move through levels over time (PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace) that introduce new and more advanced concepts of golf and life skills that help build character on and off the course.