The First Tee of South Puget Sound

We began youth programming the summer of 2011 and served 94 youth our first year at Meadow Park and Chambers Bay Golf Courses. In 2018, we served more than 53,000 youth throughout the South Puget Sound on the golf course, in the classroom, and in our community. Our National School Program (NSP) is in 73 schools in Pierce, Thurston, and Kitsap counties and we are currently teaching lessons at 13 South Puget Sound golf courses with our spring, summer, fall, and winter youth programming.

The First Tee of South Puget Sound works strategically and intentionally with our community partners to serve at-risk and underprivileged youth who would otherwise not normally get the chance to experience the game of golf. The First Tee coaches deliver programming that weaves golf and character building activities into each lesson, helping children become even more equipped to make good choices on and off the golf course. These youth programming partners include The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Kings in Training, Joint-Base Lewis McChord, Rescue Mission, YMCA, and others. More than 60% of our participants receive full or partial scholarships to enroll in programming, because no child is every turned away from our programs due to financial hardship.

The First Tee of South Puget Sound operates at 13 South Puget Sound golf courses: Allenmore, Chambers Bay, Eagles Pride, Gold Mountain, Lake Spanaway, Madrona Links, Mint Valley, North Shore, Tacoma Firs, Tapps Island, Tumwater Valley, Village Greens, and Whispering Firs. All lessons are taught by The First Tee Certified Coaches and each facility has a complete practice area which includes a putting green, short game area, and driving range. Youth ages five to 17 can join The First Tee of South Puget Sound, beginning with our Little Drivers Program and up to our Ace Level participants. Being a part of The South Puget Sound chapter allows our participants to experience our partner golf courses, The First Tee Life Skills Experience, The First Tee Nine Core Values, and The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, all of which play an integral role in building character and developing leadership skills through fun, interactive, and engaging lessons.

For more details about our programming please contact Brian Archer, Program Director, at brian@thefirstteesps.org or 253.468.4085.