In Youth Centers: The First Tee DRIVE

We believe our values extend beyond the golf course, which is why we launched a program to meet youth where they spend time.

Specifically designed for youth-serving organizations, like the Y and the Boys & Girls Club, The First Tee DRIVE gives kids the chance to learn about golf and develop character through fun golf games.

How The First Tee DRIVE Works

We supply the curriculum, the equipment and the training for youth leaders to deliver the program. Much like our other programs, The First Tee DRIVE is designed to introduce kids to golf and The First Tee’s Nine Core Values — respect, courtesy, responsibility, honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, judgment, perseverance, and integrity.

Our Curriculum

We wrote our lesson plans and activity guides with youth development professionals and volunteer leaders in mind. The First Tee DRIVE is a hole-in-one for any setting, class time, and class size.

Our lesson plans introduce youth to golf through activities that resemble sports they may already be familiar with, like baseball, football, bowling, and tennis. Instructors receive an activity guide that includes:

  • 18 detailed activity plans
  • Information section explaining teaching methods
  • Safety and class management procedures
  • Instructional cue cards
  • Golf terms

Current partnerships

Beginning in early 2018, we received necessary funding from The Rockwell Foundation to provide The First Tee DRIVE Programming at The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate in Gaffney, SC.

We were also able to partner with The Kroc Center in Greenville, SC. They will be impacting the lives of young people through their home school PE classes and after-school programming!

The Greater Spartanburg YMCA opened the beautiful new 78,000 sq. ft. Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA in April 2012, and together with the Middle Tyger campus, is the third of eight YMCAs nationwide to partner with The First Tee to promote character and wellness education through golf to YMCA youth.

This youth development program at the Greater Spartanburg YMCA is made possible through generous support from

Whitaker Transportation, Doug Whitaker

Republic Services
, Jamey and Iris Amick

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