The First Tee

of Los Angeles

Mission Statement:

“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.”

Executive Summary:

The First Tee of Los Angeles (TFTLA) is different from all other junior golf programs in Los Angeles.  While others focus on helping youth become great golfers, we stand out because our goal is very different and unique.  We ONLY TARGET youth from underserved communities of Los Angeles and while only a handful of our youth become great golfers, 100% become great kids!

Through FREE in-school and after-school programs, TFTLA helps youth by reinforcing values such as integrity, respect, responsibility, judgment, honesty, sportsmanship, courtesy, perseverance, and confidence (our Nine Core Values™), all through the game of golf. At the end of each class, participants are challenged to apply the Core Value™ they learned to other areas of their lives – classrooms, schools, homes and communities. To ensure impact, teachers, principals, school coaches and parents are encouraged to discuss each life-skill “lesson” in the context of their classroom, school, home and community.

TFTLA also emphasizes Nine Healthy Habits™. The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for youth. The healthy habits are a list of nine health and wellness topics present as part of The First Tee Los Angeles, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students. They are broken into three categories – Physical, Emotional, and Social.

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Nine Core Values

Why is golf different from other sports?

Players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. By participating in The First Tee, youth are introduced to Nine Core Values which are incorporated throughout the program.

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More than a game

85% of alumni say The First Tee helped them become a better student.

At The First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. And it’s making a difference. Our programs are positively impacting youth, their families and their communities.

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Getting started

Who can play?

The First Tee offers group lessons to youth up to age 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Our coaches are trained to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience. All we ask is young people come with an open mind and positive attitude.

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The First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.


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Thank you to our amazing sponsors and partners!

Urban Golf Performance

Friends of Golf

City of Los Angeles

Founding Partners

The First Tee Founding Partners