General Information

2019 Orientation Information

2019 Certification Requirements

Certification Requirements:

Junior Links – non-certifying level

Player
24 hours minimum
Pass written certification
Yardage book completed (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – play days within session will satisfy needs
Putting – 9 holes with a score of 30 or less

Player 12+
May certify after one session
See Player certification requirements

Player High School
May certify out of PAR and PLAYer after one session
See Player and Par certification requirements

Par
36 hours minimum
Pass written certification
Yardage book completed (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – play days within session will satisfy needs
Putting – 9 holes with a score of 27 or less
Up/Down – 3 holes with a score of 12 or less
Fairways Hit – 2 of 6

Birdie
48 hours minimum
Yardage book – minimum of 2 activities completed for each core lesson (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – Five 9-hole rounds, score of 63 or under 1900-2500 yards
Putting – 9 holes with a score of 25 or less
Up/Down – 6 holes with a score of 21 or less
Greens Hit – 3 of 6 from 50-75 yards

Eagle
60 Hours minimum
Yardage book – minimum of 2 activities completed for each core lesson (prior to testing)
Play Requirements – Ten 18-hole rounds, score of 108 or under, 5000-6000 yards
Putting – 9 holes with a score of 21 or less
Up/Down – 9 holes with a score of 30 or less
Greens Hit – 3 of 6 from 80-100 yards
Fairways Hit – 3 of 6 with 35 yard fairway at 150 yards minimum distance

ACE – students in high school who have completed Eagle certification.

Car Talk

Car Talk is a great tool for parents and other adults to interact with the participants and to review the life skills and golf skills that they learned in class. Car Talk is a quick overview of what participants learned during a lesson and guiding questions to help reinforce the life skills, golf skills, and core values off of the golf course and/or away from the First Tee. Parents can ask questions in the car ride home, at the table, or at other appropriate moments.

We know that young people don’t automatically transfer what they have learned at the First Tee to other areas of their lives. Although each class at the First Tee ends with a “bridge to life” wrap up, this is not enough by itself to ensure behavior change takes place away from the First Tee. By providing a tool for parents to engage their children in Car Talk, we can further increase the probability that participants will be able to apply the life skills and core values at home and in other areas of their lives.

The Car Talk topics for each week of the session will be posted on this page for the upcoming week. In addition, please feel free to review any past week’s Car Talk topics.

Player Car Talk Topics

Par  Car Talk Topics

Birdie Car Talk Topics

Eagle Car Talk Topics