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.

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


First Tee — Greater Sacramento has 10 Golf Course Program 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


RISE Golf is a collaboration with local community centers to bring our golf and life skills program to inner-city youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate. There is no fee for this program to the participants. Our goal is to educate the participant and the entire family about the benefits of golf and its inherent values.

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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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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 November.

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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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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.

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

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

“We have two sons who are scratch golfers in a non-golfing family. This never could have happened without First Tee — Greater Sacramento. Andrew and Austin started out in a SAYGolf camp around age 10, just to expose them to the game. They enjoyed it and continued into Little Linkers playing 18 holes with an adult, and then The Junior Tour and competition. They have learned many life lessons from the game and their experiences surrounding it. They have learned to love golf. I especially appreciate the core values and life skills focus of First Tee versus the domination of competition/winning with other golf programs. First Tee has helped us raise our sons to feel comfortable with themselves in the world, and give back to the community. I can’t speak highly enough about the difference it has made in our lives.”
Marsha and Charles Roberts

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 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