Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones 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. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

On the Golf Course

Junior golf is just part of First Tee. Through our program that strengthens character, kids will learn life skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Advancing through the Program

  • What: First Tee – Greater Wichita will transition from our current skill-based programming structure to age-based format for all programs. Participants will be grouped by age levels (7-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14+), and will progress to the next course when they “age up” to the age group.
  • Why: Extensive research and feedback from participants and parents consistently shows that age-appropriate programming will increase both engagement and retention of kids, especially older youth. This change will enable us to have a greater impact as kids stay with us longer and help First Tee – Greater Wichita to grow.
  • In 2022, First Tee – Greater Wichita will begin using an enhanced and modernized curriculum across all programs, aligned to the age-based format described above. This is the culmination of a multi-year effort involving our network and industry experts from youth development and sports psychology. As youth self-identity evolves, a value system inherently develops within them so we took the opportunity to reimagine how the “nine core values” might be integrated into program content, while welcoming concepts outside of the nine values themselves. First Tee – Greater Wichita’s Commitment to Being a Game Changer and the 5 Key Commitments serve as a compass and an invitation for participants to come as they are so they can further uncover what’s inside of them, becoming the best versions of who they already are.
  • The refreshed curriculum implements recommendations from a third-party evaluation of our curricula, ensuring programs remain relevant to today’s youth. We have organized the content to be both developmentally and age appropriate to meet participants where they are and better address their needs—including their emotional and social needs as they are surrounded by and working with peers of their same age.