summerprog1Participants are required to be a member of The First Tee of Delaware or a partnering youth agency in order to participate.

(Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, The Salvation Army, West End Neighborhood House, etc.)


The First Tee of Delaware’s focus is to impact the lives of young people by creating fun, golf-related opportunities to learn valuable live skills that can be applied on and off the golf course. Our trained coaches will provide a positive learning environment using The First Tee Life Skills Curriculum during all classes. Listed below are the levels and the recommended age requirements:

  • TARGET – 4 to 6 year olds
  • PLAYer I – Anyone new to the program, required minimum age 7
  • PLAYer II – Junior golfers who have completed PLAYer I
  • PAR – Junior golfers, 9 and older who have completed PLAYer II
  • BIRDIE – Intermediate junior golfers, 11 and older who have completed PAR
  • EAGLE – Advanced junior golfers, 13 and older who have completed BIRDIE
  • ACE – Advanced high school junior golfers who have completed EAGLE

summerprog2Modular Units

Each level consists of life skills and healthy habits modules. Each module contains a “core” lesson that all participants must be exposed to. The core lessons are suitable for delivery to all age groups. In addition, each module includes optional activities. Some give participants additional practice in the core life skills; some are designed for participants twelve and older; others deal with the application of life skills to non-golf situations at home, at school or other social activities.

In order to pass the certification evaluation and move to the next program level, all students must be exposed to the concepts in the core lessons. Their understanding of these concepts is enhanced through role playing, golf-related activities, and workbook exercises.

As part of The First Tee Certification Process, participants must demonstrate that they understand and can apply the core life skills and golf skills by answering written questions and perform these skills during the evaluation. When participants meet certification requirements, they progress to the next level.