Golf – First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula
BECAUSE . . .
GOLF HAS INHERENT RULES THAT GROW INTEGRITY, RESPECT AND PERSEVERANCE
The First Tee vision is to make the game of golf accessible to all youth and to positively impact their lives through programs that promote life skills, character development, and healthy choices.
The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula is operated by the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA. We provide an environment for youth to learn valuable life skills as well as learn how to play golf. The First Tee serves area youth ages 5 – 17.
Six area golf courses collaborate with The First Tee program: Kiln Creek Golf Club, The Hamptons Golf Course, Newport News Golf Club at Dear Run, Two Rivers Country Club, The Pines Golf Course at Fort Eustis, and Colonial Heritage Golf Club in Williamsburg. All training and events occur at each of these courses.
CONTACT us about golf
The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula
C/O Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA
1003 Brick Kiln Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: (757) 349-8543
Fax: (757) 223-7926
Program Director: Jessica Huss
Branch Director: Tom Carnevale
COST & REGISTRATION for First Tee Golf
The program fee is $45 for YMCA members, $55 for others, for one 9-week session. We offer three sessions each year, one in the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall . Use the PROGRAM SEARCH button above to find the session that works best for your child.
How the First Tee Golf Program Works
The First Tee Life Skills Experience is a program that teaches valuable everyday life lessons to children. The program curriculum is divided into four levels based on recommended ages: PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle. Regardless of ability and age, all participants enter at the PLAYer level.
TARGET is an introductory course available to 5- and 6-year-old participants. Various games focus on hand-eye coordination. TARGET is ideal for participants who have had little exposure to the game of golf. Participants are introduced to the six life-skills presented in the acronym TARGET: Take Aim, Anyone Can Play, Respect, Golf is a Game, Enjoy Yourself, Try It. Once a child is registered in the TARGET program, he/she begins training in the PLAYer level to achieve Par status.
- PLAYer – The PLAYer level focuses on courtesy toward others, responsibility for the course, and developing confidence. Golfers ages 7 and older, enter the program through our PLAYer program. This is an introductory program for all new participants. Once a youth is registered in the PLAYer program, he/she will begin training to achieve Par status.
- PAR – Participants must be PLAYer certified prior to taking the Par level. Golf skills include: swing, grip, stance, and introduction to match play. Life-skills addressed include interpersonal communication and self-management.
- BIRDIE – Participants must be PAR certified prior to taking the BIRDIE level. This level emphasizes goal setting, which includes the ability to plan for the future by defining and setting reachable goals, as well as devising plans to achieve these goals and overcome challenges. Golf skills include: course management, etiquette, and advanced swing and putting skills.
- EAGLE – Participants must be BIRDIE certified prior to taking the EAGLE level. This level focuses on wellness and health for the mind and body, conflict resolution and diversity, and it explores careers in the golf industry. Golf skills include: playing competitively, effective practice strategies, how to self-correct, and accuracy.
The First Tee Golf Specialty Programs
Children of active military are free of charge.