FIRST TEE-SOUTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO PROGRAMS
All of our programs give kids a safe place to grow with coaches trained to create supportive environments and who help them navigate challenges during golf lessons but more importantly, off the course. Kids take the lessons they learn in the program with them into everything they do. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ self-confidence grow tremendously, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.
First Tee curriculum is divided into four levels: Player, Par, Birdie, and Eagle. The Player and Par level focuses on fundamental communication and self-management life skills and beginning level golf skills. The Birdie level deals primarily with goal setting and intermediate golf skills. The Eagle level gives advanced instruction and practice on mastering Par and Birdie levels as well as additional topics such as conflict management, mentoring, and career planning.
Programs and Instruction
First Tee is a unique program that teaches golf and life skills. All of our teachings build on each other, enabling our participants to progress in golf and life skills. Our First Tee coaches are second to none!
Lake Carlsbad Golf Course
NMMI Golf Course
Riverside Country Club
Rockwind Community Links
Alto Lakes Golf & Country Club @ the Outlaw-Summer
Lovington Country Club-Summer
To ensure that participants can demonstrate and apply the golf skills and the life skills in First Tee program, we are required to implement The First Tee Certification Process.
On the Golf Course
Junior golf is just part of First Tee. Through our program that strengthens character, kids will learn life skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like:
- Understanding and managing emotions
- Resolving conflicts
- Setting up step-by-step goals
- Planning for the future
- Appreciating diversity
Advancing through the Program
Participants progress through levels by demonstrating inner strength, character, and the life and golf skills they have learned. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level.
- Introduction to the First Tee program (ages 5 and older)
- PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee it up for the first time and learn the game of golf and First Tee’s Code of Conduct
- Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course
- Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality
- Eagle (recommended minimum age 13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning
- Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community