About Us


The First Tee of Connecticut is reaching thousands of youth each year through a variety of ways including In-School and National School Programs, Group Lessons, Squads, On-Course Team Programs and Summer Camps. Along with golf instruction, The First Tee’s Life Skills Curriculum; based on Nine Core Values; Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Courtesy, Judgment, Confidence, Responsibility and Perseverance and Nine Healthy Habits; Energy, Play, Safety, Vision, Mind, Family, Friends, School and Community introduces young people to skills associated with positive youth development.

Recognizing that the game of golf embodies these core values, The First Tee of Connecticut believes that participating in programs will improve the lives of those who embrace the game’s traditions and values. The First Tee of Connecticut is an initiative of the Connecticut Golf Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization. The Connecticut Golf Foundation was created to expose golf to underprivileged youth who might not normally have access to the game. The driving force behind the Connecticut Golf Foundation’s creation in 1997 was the Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA).

A separate organization, The First Tee of Hartford, began operations in 1999 with the same basic goals as the Connecticut Golf Foundation. Recognizing the need to maximize the effectiveness of both programs, the Connecticut Golf Foundation formally merged operations with The First Tee of Hartford in May of 2004. The Boards and staff of the two organizations combined into a single organization publicly named The First Tee of Connecticut. The First Tee of Connecticut has a volunteer Board of Directors with diverse representation from throughout Connecticut. In 2018 The First Tee of Connecticut reached out to nearly 70,000 young people and had over 2,100 participants enroll in certifying programs at golf facilities across the state.


The First Tee’s Parents’ Guide

The First Tee’s Parents’ Guide offers a comprehensive summary of The First Tee’s mission, programs and participant opportunities. Information is available about the Nine Core Values, Nine Healthy Habits and Coach Building Blocks.

EMPOWERING YOUTH – The First Tee’s 2017 Parents’ Guide