HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?
WHAT IF I AM HAVING TROUBLE REGISTERING?
We use an online system for ALL registrations. If you are having difficulty registering, please email email@example.com. If the problem is not resolved, please call our office.
HOW OLD MUST MY CHILD BE TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES?
Children ages seven (7) to eighteen (18) are eligible for classes. We offer Target classes for 5 & 6-year-olds. Children must turn the minimum age by the class start date.
DOES MY CHILD NEED PRIOR GOLF EXPERIENCE?
There is no prior golf experience needed. Our coaches are trained in positive youth development. That means they are experts in making young people feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.
IS EQUIPMENT PROVIDED OR DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING CLUBS?
We will provide clubs to those who don’t have them and have successfully requested clubs during the registration process. Students with their own clubs should bring to each class.
HOW DO I DETERMINE WHAT LEVEL MY CHILD IS CURRENTLY?
All young people new to The First Tee enter at the PLAYer Level. The PLAYer I classes are ages 7 -10 and PLAYer II are ages 11 – 17.
WHAT ARE LEVELS OF CLASSES?
- Target Rookies (required minimum age 5) – This is our introductory level class for 5 & 6-year-olds. We use SNAG (Starting New At Golf) equipment and golf clubs.
- Target Advanced (required minimum age 5) – This is our class for 5 & 6-year-olds who have attended a 6-week Target Rookie class. We use golf clubs and expand on the materials learned in the Target Rookies class.
- PLAYer I (required minimum age 7) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
- PLAYer II – (required minimum age 11) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
- Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
- Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
- Eagle (recommended minimum age13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
- Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.
WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?
We offer Spring and Fall classes. Spring classes are offered in April, May, and June. Fall classes ware offered in September and October. We also offer summer camps in July and August.
WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?
Classes are held at 11 public or private golf courses/clubs and facilities. Schedules vary by location. Please click here to see our list of facilities. Click Here
WHAT IS CLASS DURATION?
Classes are 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes long depending on the time of year and the level class. For example, Target classes are 1 hour long
CAN I REGISTER FOR MORE THAN ONE CLASS DURING THE 9-WEEK SESSION?
We ask that parents choose one class per week in a given 9 or 11-week session. Registering for more than one class a session is prohibited. If a class is full you may register and be put on a waitlist for that class. If/when a spot in the class becomes available an email will be sent to you to complete registration. Registration must be completed within 48 hours to successfully be enrolled otherwise the registration system will move down the waitlist.
CLASS ARRIVAL TIME
We ask that all participants arrive 10 minutes prior to class start time. This will allow all participants to receive any information from our coaches, staff or volunteers, or any materials needed and warm-up prior to class. There will be a Parent Orientation at the first class of each 9or 11-week session.
WHERE DO WE MEET AT EACH LOCATION?
Galloping Hill Learning Center – Picnic tables under the canopy near putting green
Fiddlers Elbow CC – Back of parking lot by driving range and NJPGA Building
Tamarack GC –At the putting green
Tara Greens Golf Center–At the putting green
Heron Glen GC– Back patio of the clubhouse
Rutgers GC – Putting green next to the driving range
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
In the case of inclement weather, we will do everything possible to hold classes. If we are able, we will offer a makeup class by adding an extra week to the session or adding more time to a class or two.
We will only make the decision to cancel the class one hour prior to the start of class.
Please DO NOT CALL the golf course or facility for an update.
Please call 908-245-1120 one hour prior to the start of class and listen to the voicemail for cancellations. The voicemail is only changed if there are cancellations and posts are only made when class is canceled.
We also announce cancellations on our Facebook page and Twitter account. E-mail is NOT typically used to notify parents!
If the staff has time, we will also post on our website but this is the last thing as we do depend on access to a computer as staff at times are coaching these classes.
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR?
Children are required to wear closed-toe shoes. Sneakers or golf shoes are preferred as we will have a warm-up portion of the class. Students are asked to wear neat attire and collared shirts are preferred. Children should be dressed appropriately according to weather conditions.
WHAT ARE CLASSES LIKE? (WHAT IS THE CHILD-TO-COACHES RATIO?)
Classes are taught by trained coaching staff and volunteers. The class sizes are 6:1. Groups are led through a variety of golf skills including putting, pitching, chipping and full-swing while The First Tee Life-Skills Experience is seamlessly included in the curriculum.
MY CHILD, IS AN HONOR ROLL STUDENT WILL HE/SHE RECEIVE RECOGNITION?
Yes! The First Tee recognizes A/B Honor Roll recipients with a Certificate of Achievement twice per year (Spring & Fall). Parents provide us with notification and you can request a time to pick up from our office during our normal office hours.