The First Tee

Sports have been traditional vehicles for teaching life lessons, but today, sport at its highest levels, is played in an atmosphere where we have a preponderance of athletes who deny they have responsibility to be role models, let alone idols of the young. 

There is, however, a sport that not only continues to teach positive life lessons, but also depends on an adherence to them for its very existence. That sport, of course, is golf. 

It is a game in which there are no officials to call a breach of the rules. It is a game where only the individual participants know if the score he or she handed in is the score that was actually shot. It is a game with a rich history and timeless traditions that invites respect for the old and wonderment of the new. Most of all, golf is fun. The game is never solved, perfection is never achieved; there is always the opportunity for improvement and success. It is also a game where the raw beginner can play a competitive match with the most seasoned expert. It is a game where youngsters can delight in playing with each other and it is a game suited to the young and old playing together - if they have a place to learn and play the game at all. 

The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

Our goal is to provide the golf learning facilities and the experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime.



The Creekside Golf Dome & Sports Complex is proud to offer the Valley's connection to The First Tee!

Designed for boys and girls between the age of 8 -17, the program is once a week for 6 weeks (1 hour session) from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Mon., Tues. or Wed.

Player - Par - Birdie - Eagle advancement level opportunities available, based on golf skills and life skills certification.

The Winter session registration fee is $65.00 - Summer session registration fee $70.00

For more information, contact Jim St. George, Executive Director at 330-545-5000.



The First Tee 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 young people. The healthy habits are a list of nine health and wellness topics presented as a part The First Tee, formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and chapter participants. 

Physical

Energy
It is important to understand and make healthy choices about when to eat, how much to eat, and the types of food and drinks to provide the body with the most useful energy.

Play
A variety of energizing play can help the body stay strong, lean and fit, and be fun in the process. Sleep and other forms of “re-charging” allow one to engage in play on a daily basis.

Safety
Physical safety includes playing in a safe environment and by the rules, protecting the body with proper equipment, warm-up and cool-down and wearing sun protection.


Emotional

Vision
In order to make the most of one’s unique gifts—talents, characteristics and abilities—an individual needs to learn from the past, value the present, create their vision and future to ultimately “leave a footprint.”

Mind
The mind is a powerful tool for health. One’s mind influences his/her emotions and behaviors and can be utilized for self-improvement, building confidence and maintaining perspective.

Family
When family members participate in activities together – share meals, communicate and establish roles and responsibilities – they are more likely to be successful in achieving their health-related goals.


Social

Friends
Maintaining healthy relationships includes surrounding one’s self with friends and supportive people, while effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying and navigating the digital age with social media.

School
Success in school - learning, building relationships and contributing to the school environment - leads to success in other areas of life.

Community
Like the health of one’s body, it is important to also explore the health of one’s community and discover how one can give back and care for its environment and safety.


About the Partnership

The First Tee mission was revised to include a health focus: 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.

ANNIKA Foundation is dedicated to teaching children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams.

Florida Hospital for Children has committed its entire organization to children. Expert international pediatric doctors/pediatric nutritionists/child physiologists/exercise physiologists make up the team of specialists dedicated to helping children grow strong and live long.






The First Tee Nine Core Values

The First Tee has established Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf. 

These Nine Core Values have been incorporated into The First Tee Experience and have been used to name golf holes at several of The First Tee facilities.


  1. Honesty - the quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive. Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves and report their own score.

  2. Integrity - strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; personal honesty and independence
Golf is a game of etiquette and composure.  Players are responsible for their actions and personal conduct on the golf course even at times when others may not be looking.


  3. Sportsmanship - observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace
Players must know and abide by the rules of golf and be able to conduct themselves in a kind and respectful manner towards others even in a competitive game.


  4. Respect - to feel or show deferential regard for; esteem
In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honor and traditions of the game.


  5. Confidence - reliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance
Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that one achieves.  Players can increase confidence in their abilities by being positive and focusing on something they are doing well regardless of the outcome.


  6. Responsibility - accounting for one’s actions; dependable
Players are responsible for their actions on the golf course.  It is up to them to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green, and keep up with the pace of play.


  7. Perseverance - to persist in an idea, purpose or task despite obstacles
To succeed in golf, players must continue through bad breaks and their own mistakes, while learning from past experiences.


  8. Courtesy - considerate behavior toward others;a polite remark or gesture
A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Players also should be still and quiet while others are preparing and performing a shot.


  9. Judgment - the ability to make a decision or form an opinion; a decision reached after consideration
Using good judgment is very important in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance, the type of shot players consider executing, as well as making healthy choices on and off the golf course.

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