The First Tee of Tulsa offers programs and instruction which focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle.
Our program operates year round: spring, summer, fall and winter. The spring, summer and fall sessions are held at Mohawk Park Golf Course. During the month of July we also use Page Belcher as an affiliate program location for our Sorenstam and Jones Level. The winter session is a program taken into area schools exposing The First Tee, the game of golf and it’s inherent values to school children.
It is a year round program in which students come to Mohawk in the spring, summer and fall. We have an affiliate location for summer programming at Page Belcher Golf Course in Tulsa. There are eight levels of promotion in the program-Sorenstam, Jones, Hogan, Whitworth, Palmer, Birdie, Eagle and Ace. Each level addresses different life skills and golf skills.
During the winter, The First Tee staff visits schools exposing the program and the game of golf to kids who most likely would not play the game. Students ages 8-18 are welcome to register.
Each level has a different curriculum to follow in order to insure the students receive new skills to master.
All PLAYers begin at the Sorenstam Level. Our members will receive a The First Tee gift and certificate in a ceremony held on the last day of class.
Youth groups who would not ordinarily be exposed to the game are given the first opportunity to enroll as a group before registration for the general public begins. All youth groups are welcome on a first-come first-serve basis. Group leaders who would like more information should contact Janice Gibson at 918-591-4168 and also watch for notices on the home page regarding the procedure to enroll a group (space is limited in the classes). After the deadline for groups to enroll has past, the general public is offered a class and the left over spaces the groups did not fill. This registration is on a first come first served basis approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the first week of the session. All kids in the age range of 8-18 are welcome! Registration is required as space is limited.
Generally, classes are held once a week for 8 weeks in a row. In the spring, approximately 300 students register for the program; the summer is fun with 600 kids per week for the 8 week period & approximately 250 students participate in the program in the fall.
The winter session is a unique program, in which The First Tee of Tulsa goes into the gym classes during school hours, to expose the children to the game of golf.
Each level of the program has a golf and life skill curriculum in which The First Tee staff follows. Golf Professional Janice Gibson trains and directs the staff on how to teach the students at The First Tee of Tulsa. Our goal is to maintain a student/instructor ratio of 8:1 to enhance the learning process.
As part of The First Tee Certification Process, participants must demonstrate that they understand and can apply the core life skills by answering written questions and performing golf and lifeskills. When they meet certification requirements and the age requirements, they progress to the next level.