Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

Program locations offer a variety of opportunities. Call or email courses directly for specific details for each location

Participants at these Locations will become eligible for the benefits of being a member of First Tee — Greater Sacramento.

REGISTRATIONS FOR ALL PROGRAMS ARE HANDLED BY EACH OF OUR INDEPENDENTLY OPERATED PROGRAM LOCATIONS: PLEASE SEE THEIR WEBSITES FOR DIRECTIONS TO SIGN UP. Click on the button above to view or download a current list of sites with names and contact information.

First Tee — Greater Sacramento has 9 Program Partners at 8 Locations, each independently operated with program opportunities to suit the needs of their local communities. All locations have trained coaches who deliver the First Tee Life Skills Curriculum to youth ages 7-18.

To Register a Child or Get Details, contact the course or courses you are interested in and talk directly with the lead coach about cost and how to go about registering.

Our chapter also hosts our own Junior Tour for those 12 – 18 years old who want to play competitive golf.

Our Programs

R.I.S.E. Golf Program

Promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion through collaboration and intentional action
Reach – We are reaching out to the underserved & underrepresented youth in our community.
Inspire – We are inspiring youth through First Tee Golf & Life Skills Experience to do great things on and off the golf course.
Support – We are supporting each child by providing a welcome environment and knocking down barriers to build a path to success.
Empower – We are empowering our youth to achieve goals and be proud of who they are.

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Junior Tour

First Tee — Greater Sacramento Junior Tour is a year round competitive golf tournament program for boys and girls ages 12-18. Juniors are able to play and compete on over 24 different area golf courses. The tournament season goes from March through December.

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Little Linkers

This 8-week parent participation, competitive playing program is designed for golfers age 7-12 years old. Little Linkers play from the Little Linker tees at the golf course they choose for their league. A season ending Tournament of Champions is hosted by the Hugh and Peggy Campbell family and presented by First Tee — Greater Sacramento for the Club Champions of each age category from each participating course. This First Tee — Greater Sacramento Program is currently hosted at the following sites in the Greater Sacramento area.

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Anyone Can Play – Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

This program annually brings over 100 young people and adults with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other special needs or disabilities out to the golf course 25 weeks per year.

The students attending this class have physical and/or mental disabilities.

Each weekly outing includes nine holes of golf, preceded by a short review lesson in golf fundamentals given by a staff member of First Tee.

We have partnered with the Els for Autism #GameON Autism™ Golf program to provide evidence-based practices for teaching golf to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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At First Tee – Greater Sacramento, we’re Building Game Changers by empowering kids and teens to be the best version of themselves.

By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with character-building, we create learning experiences that help kids uncover their inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that they can carry to everything they do.

Our trained coaches not only provide an introduction to junior golf and an opportunity to enhance golf skills, but they also create a safe, supportive, and empowering environment to help your child prepare for life ahead, including friendships, school, college and even their careers.

Through our program, kids will learn skills that stay with them for life:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Golf fundamentals and advanced techniques

Advancing through the Program

At each age group, participants engage with the 5 Key Commitments: Pursuing Goals, Growing through Challenge, Collaborating with Others, Building Positive Self-Identity, and Using Good Judgement, while focusing on mastering golf fundamentals and building upon a golf skill foundation as they advance within the program.

Age 7-9

  • Be active and have fun with peers in a safe and encouraging manner
  • Build inner strength and self-confidence
  • Learn to play golf
  • Focus on building relationships with other players while exploring the game of golf

Age 10-11

  • Explore character concepts in active and collaborative ways that are valuable on and off the course
  • Develop golf skills and enthusiasm for the game
  • Support positive Game Changing behaviors in fun and meaningful ways

Age 12-13

  • Explore both golf skills and characters commitments while having fun with peers
  • Provide opportunities to demonstrate mastery and growth in golf skills and abilities
  • Support growth and development of early adolescents

Age 14+

  • Build character and support personal development
  • Develop additional golf skills and abilities
  • Look toward their future and plan their own paths
  • Evaluate, reflect, and apply their understanding of life and golf skills to new situations on and off the course

First Tee program locations are golf courses who teach First Tee life skills curriculum. All participants at our program locations become members of First Tee — Greater Sacramento and they also receive a Free Northern California Golf Association’s Youth on Course membership, which provides juniors with Green Fees of $5 or less at hundreds of regional courses.

All of our program locations subscribe to First Tee — Greater Sacramento’s mission 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.