Life-Skills Experience

We currently service the counties of Defiance, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood in Ohio and Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan. Our Life-Skills Experience Program (LSE), uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Certified coaches use the golf course and practice areas to create a fun, group setting for youth ages 5 to 18 to learn the game of golf, make new friends and most importantly become better people.

A Youth Program Unlike Any Other

The First Tee of Lake Erie emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:

  • Making proper introductions
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Advancing through the Program

From age 7 through 18, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating The First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of The First Tee is completing Ace.

  • PLAYer  – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par  – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie  – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle  – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • Ace  – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

The Power of Relationships

“I consider my coaches at The First Tee of Lake Erie to be some of the most important mentors I had growing up.” –alumnus

The First Tee coaches are trained to create positive relationships that inspire youth to discover their individual potential. Our programs help young people build confidence, develop respect and appreciate the value of giving back to our community all while learning the lifelong sport of golf.