Frequently Asked Questions


About First Tee

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What is First Tee?

First Tee is an international youth development organization that introduces the game of golf and its inherent values to children and teens. There are over 150 First Tee Chapters in seven different countries.


What is First Tee’s Purpose?

First Tee exists to enable children to build the strength of character that empowers them over a lifetime of new challenges, through the game of golf.


How does First Tee build character through golf?

First Tee sees golf as a metaphor for life – a game with unexpected challenges and ups and downs that help build strengths beyond the technical skills to play the game. Through introspective questions, interactive games, and immersive golf exercises, each lesson is designed to help children build a better understanding of themselves and empower them to strengthen the parts of them that they take to everything they do. Research proves it works.


What are the core focus areas First Tee is helping children to develop?

The program focuses on helping children develop their character, resilience, self-confidence, and inner strength. Throughout the program, First Tee uses golf to empower this growth while enabling children to learn and play the game.


How does First Tee help to make golf more diverse and accessible?

First Tee participants in the United States are 52% non-Caucasian and 36% female. A priority of Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada is to utilize First Tee programming as part of a strategy to make golf more diverse and inclusive.

A specific goal of First Tee – Canada is to increase the accessibility of golf programming for traditionally underrepresented communities. In addition, First Tee Chapters will ensure children are never turned away from picking up the sport of golf due to cost.


Launching First Tee – Canada

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How will First Tee – Canada be structured?

Golf Canada will manage First Tee – Canada national operations and work with provincial golf associations to launch a First Tee chapter in each province or region. Golf Canada, in collaboration with the provincial golf association, will hire a First Tee Manager to oversee the operation of each chapter and an additional staff position to drive fundraising for each chapter. These individuals will work out of the provincial golf association office.

First Tee programming will be delivered at program locations – including schools, community centres, and golf facilities – throughout each province or region.


Where will First Tee chapters be located in Canada?

First Tee – Canada will launch seven chapters nationwide by 2022:

  • First Tee – British Columbia
  • First Tee – Ontario
  • First Tee – Québec
  • First Tee – Alberta
  • First Tee – Saskatchewan
  • First Tee – Manitoba
  • First Tee – Atlantic Canada

When will each of the provincial/regional chapters begin operation?

Each chapter will work with golf facilities, schools, and community centres to deliver programming at the target dates listed below:

  • First Tee – British Columbia: April 2021
  • First Tee – Ontario: May 2021
  • First Tee – Québec: July 2021
  • First Tee – Alberta: January 2022
  • First Tee – Saskatchewan: Spring 2022
  • First Tee – Manitoba: Spring 2022
  • First Tee – Atlantic Canada: Spring 2022

Why is First Tee launching in some provinces in 2021 but not others until 2022?

Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada will strive to implement First Tee across Canada as quickly as possible. However, the transition to First Tee programming is substantial and requires significant resources to launch successfully. Accordingly, the implementation of First Tee chapters across Canada will proceed sequentially and in alignment with the intent of donors from various provinces who are making chapter-founding gifts.


What junior golf programming is available for provinces that are not launching First Tee in 2021?

Golf Canada will be offering the following junior golf support for provinces where First Tee is not launching in 2021:

  1. Golf Canada Transition Grant – Funding support for each province to help offset junior golf programming costs.
  2. Golf Canada Junior Skills Challenge – Each province will have approximately $4,000 in program costs covered. Golf Canada will also provide technology and customer service support through a new online leaderboard and website. The 2021 Junior Skills Challenge National Event will be hosted by Golf Canada as part of the CP Women’s Open.
  3. Junior golf programming resources – Previous Future Links manuals, curriculum and drills have been ‘white labeled’ and will be sent to facilities by their provincial golf association.
  4. Schools & Facilities – Programming at Future Links participating schools and facilities may continue until we transition these schools to First Tee in-school curriculum, with no online support provided.

What junior golf programming is available for golf facilities in provinces who are launching First Tee in 2021 but aren’t yet designated as First Tee program locations?

Golf Canada will be offering the following support for golf facilities in provinces which have a First Tee – Canada chapter that are not First Tee program locations in 2021:

  1. Golf Canada Junior Skills Challenge – Golf facilities are able to host the Golf Canada Junior Skills Challenge.
  2. Junior golf programming resources – Previous Future Links manuals, curriculum and drills have been ‘white labeled’ and will be sent to facilities by their provincial golf association.
  3. Schools & Facilities – Programming at Future Links participating schools and facilities will continue until we transition these schools to First Tee – Canada program.

What will happen to Future Links?

Future Links, as a brand, will no longer be operational. The work done over the past 24 years through Future Links will be carried on through the First Tee brand.


How is the PGA of Canada involved in First Tee – Canada?

First Tee – Canada is a partnership between Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada. The PGA of Canada will be responsible for all First Tee – Canada coach training. Also, lead coaches at First Tee golf facilities will be PGA of Canada members.


How can I bring First Tee to my community?

There are several ways you can bring First Tee to your community:

  • Partner with a First Tee – Canada chapter: Each chapter works with multiple program locations to implement First Tee at the facility.
  • Bring the First Tee – Canada School Program to your school: This program uses golf lessons to introduce students to character development during physical education class.
  • Bring the First Tee – Canada Community Program to your local youth centre: This activity-based program was specifically designed for youth-serving organizations such as YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.

Contact us for more information on how to bring First Tee – Canada to your community.



Information For Golf Facilities

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What is a First Tee program location?

A First Tee “program location” is defined as a green grass golf facility (9- or 18-hole course, driving range or other golf complex) located in the chapter’s program service area that has agreed with the chapter to provide access for the delivery of the First Tee lessons to participants.

A First Tee ‘school’ is defined as an education centre offering the First Tee – Canada School program (including equipment) within their PHE curriculum.


What is the value of being a First Tee – Canada program location?

First Tee is globally recognized as a leader in youth development. As a First Tee – Canada program location, facilities can leverage First Tee’s world-class brand recognition to drive youth registration in camps, clinics, and facility programs. First Tee’s state of the art curriculum developed by youth experts paired with robust and thorough training for coaches will elevate the existing youth program at facilities. First Tee – Canada program locations benefit through a supportive relationship with their provincial or regional chapter, who will provide marketing and promotional support to drive participation at their facility.


How does my facility become a First Tee – Canada program location?

To become a First Tee program location, the PGA of Canada coaches at your facility are required to complete First Tee training.

First Tee – Canada program locations must also provide free access to their driving range for First Tee participants before and after their lessons. Additionally, access to the facility for one First Tee – Canada fundraising event annually will be required, with more detailed information available on this in the near future.

A nominal location fee will commence in the second year of a facility becoming a First Tee – Canada program location.


Coach Education

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How does First Tee coach education work?

Registration for First Tee – Canada coach education and training will be done through the PGA of Canada website. PGA of Canada members are required to take Level 2 First Tee training (Level 1 = volunteer), before administering any First Tee – Canada programming.

  1. First Tee ‘Level 1’ = First Tee – Canada Volunteer Coach – This training will be embedded within PGA of Canada’s existing Community Golf Coach training.
  2. First Tee ‘Level 2’ = First Tee – Canada Coach – This training will be separate from PGA of Canada’s existing NCCP training but will be required to lead the program at green-grass facilities.
  3. First Tee ‘Level 3’ = First Tee – Canada Coach – This training will be separate from PGA of Canada’s existing NCCP training but will be required to lead all program levels.
  4. First Tee ‘Level 4’ = First Tee – Canada Master Coach – This training will be separate from PGA of Canada’s existing NCCP training and will allow members to facilitate training to other coaches.

When can I start the First Tee – Canada coach education?

First Tee – Canada training for instructors in British Columbia will begin in April 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions across Canada, this training session may be adapted and provided online, rather than in person. Training for instructors in Ontario will begin in May 2021 and may also be conducted online. Training opportunities in other provinces will be announced as First Tee – Canada chapters are established, and training is scheduled.


I want to become a First Tee – Canada volunteer. How do I sign up?

To become a First Tee – Canada volunteer, you must complete an application and screening process, which may include an interview about your skills and interests as well as a criminal background check. Individuals will also receive training about their volunteer or coaching role, behavioral expectations, and child protection. Training will be conducted by the PGA of Canada though the Community Golf Coach training course. Volunteers usually start as First Tee – Canada assistant coaches.

To learn more about First Tee – Canada volunteer opportunities near you, click here.


I am not golf savvy, but I want to help. Are there opportunities for me to get involved?

First Tee – Canada needs more than coaches to make the program possible. First Tee relies on volunteers, sometimes year-round, to accomplish the program mission, and not all of those goals involve golf; support off the course is needed as well. Opportunities include:

  • Fundraising/Events
  • Operations/Administration
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
  • In-school Programming

By contributing their time and talent, individuals can directly make an impact in a young person’s life. To learn more about First Tee – Canada volunteer opportunities near you, click here.


Information For Teachers

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My school runs Golf Canada’s Golf in Schools program. Am I still able to use it?

Yes. Teachers are encouraged to continue growing the sport with their existing program and equipment. Golf Canada will work with those participating schools to transition to the First Tee – Canada School Program. Existing Golf in Schools sites will be invited to get the new training and materials needed to be considered a First Tee – Canada School. First Tee – Canada chapters will fundraise to cover any additional costs to transition to the First Tee – Canada School Program.


Do teachers receive any training for the First Tee – Canada School Program?

The First Tee – Canada School Program gives physical educators all the tools to get started. First Tee – Canada will provide the training, equipment and lesson plans that integrate life skills and values with the game of golf and motor skills. The online training course is a video-rich session designed to provide vivid examples on how golf skills, core values, and healthy habits are safely and effectively integrated into elementary physical education classes.


Will teachers and schools receive any support from the First Tee – Canada chapter?

Chapter staff will support schools with the implementation of the First Tee – Canada School Program. Chapter staff will assist with identifying funding sources, school registration, teacher training and equipment delivery. Chapter staff will continue communication with schools implementing the program to understand how students are being exposed to the game of golf and create transition opportunities for students to get involved in other First Tee – Canada programming.


Information For Parents

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Who can participate in First Tee – Canada programming?

Any child or teens from ages 5-18 is encouraged to participate, regardless of background, skill set or previous experience with golf. All that is asked is that children come with an open mind and positive attitude.


Do I need to provide golf equipment for my child?

No. First Tee – Canada chapters and program locations provide access to all the equipment. There is no need for special golf attire.


What if my child has never picked up a golf club before?

We know it can feel intimidating to start something new. Everyone was a beginner once and our First Tee – Canada coaches will be trained in creating a supportive environment to make children feel comfortable and ensure they have fun while learning about themselves and golf.


Will my child be participating in a safe environment?

First Tee – Canada and its chapters are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all participants and individuals affiliated with the program.

As part of that commitment, all employees, coaches, and volunteers must complete a background check every two years before working with youth. In addition, all employees, coaches, volunteers, and board members will be required to complete the Respect Group training program. Learn More.

Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada are committed to complying with all Sport Canada Safe Sport protocols. More information can be found here.


Supporting First Tee – Canada

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I want to donate to First Tee – Canada. How can I do this?

First Tee – Canada needs your support to accomplish our mission and connect with more youth nationwide. Your donation to First Tee – Canada helps strengthen the character of children and teens today. Together, we can change the game. Contact us or donate online today.


My company is interested in supporting First Tee – Canada. How can I learn more?

First Tee – Canada is seeking corporate partners who are interested in supporting youth development through golf in Canada. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring a partnership or sponsorship.