Parents’ Guide to First Tee

Are You New to First Tee and Junior Golf?

At First Tee, we believe in developing experiences 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.


First Tee — Greater Detroit’s Life Skills Experience is for students age 5-17. Throughout the LSE session, basic golf skills are taught alongside the First Tee Nine Core Values and Healthy Habits. We offer Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions. The cost per session is $40. There are scholarships available for participants with financial need.

All participants, ages 5-6, will start at the TARGET Level. Participants age 7 and older, new to First Tee, will start at the PLAYer Level.


Whether you are new to First Tee — Greater Detroit or not, you should become familiar with the assessment process all participants must complete in order to move from one level to the next. After each session (Spring, Summer, Fall) we evaluate where the participant is with exhibiting the Nine Core Values, their yardage book (PLAYer level and up), and knowledge of golf skills & etiquette to see if they are ready to advance.

Participants who are new to First Tee — Greater Detroit age 5 and 6 begin at the TARGET Level and participants age 7 and up begin at the PLAYer level and progress through the First Tee curriculum by completing requirements at each level.

Starting at the PLAYer 2 level, participants who wish to move to the next level (Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace, in that order) must attend these assessments and complete all remaining requirements. Participants who are in the TARGET or PLAYer level do not attend assessments.

If players assess at a certain level for their golf skills and meet all other criteria, they will be considered “certified” for their level and eligible to move to the next. The certification process is also cumulative, meaning that participants who have previously participated in an assessment at their current level will not need to repeat the completed requirements in subsequent assessments. However, all certification requirements will reset once participants move to their next level. (For example, if a participant has completed all the PLAYer certification requirements and moves to Par, he/she will then be responsible for completing all the requirements at the Par level.)


*Levels: Certification includes written evaluation as well as golf skills and application of life skills.