Golf – First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula
BECAUSE . . .
GOLF HAS INHERENT RULES THAT GROW INTEGRITY, RESPECT AND PERSEVERANCE
As a branch of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, our vision is to make the game of golf accessible to every Peninsula youth and to positively impact their lives. Our program promotes life skills, character development, and healthy choices. The First Tee serves youth ages 5-17 and believes that a foundation built on our 9 Core Values carries our players through challenges on the course and through every stage of life.
The First Tee of the Virginia Peninsula is MUCH more than just Life Skills classes and golf lessons! Did you know that if your participant stays active in our program and advances through the levels, they are eligible to apply for national opportunities and scholarships?
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 Marketing Director: JB Brown-Crowley
COST & REGISTRATION for The First Tee
The program fee is $45 for YMCA members, $55 for others, for one 9-week session. We offer 9-week sessions spring, summer, and in the fall. Our winter session is abbreviated and finishes in December. Partner our class sessions with a skills clinic or camp throughout the year for a complete First Tee experience! Use the PROGRAM SEARCH button above to find the session, camp, or clinic that works best for your child.
How the First Tee Golf Program Works
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. 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.
- PLAYer – (7 & up) The PLAYer level focuses on courtesy toward others, responsibility for the course, and developing confidence. 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. 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. 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. Skills include: playing competitively, effective practice strategies, how to self-correct, and accuracy.