The First Tee of Orange County is more than a sports program for kids and teens – we shape the lives of young people. We provide character-building and life-skills lessons through the game of golf which parallels life as players experience the highs and lows of the game. Our programs reinforce values like integrity, respect, responsibility and perseverance and promote healthy habits.

In September 2013, we began providing educational programs to youth, ages 4 to 18, at The Islands Golf Center in Anaheim. To date, more than 580 youth, representing seventeen (17) cities and communities in Orange County have enrolled in our signature program – The First Tee Life Skills Experience. Programs are also offered at Dad Miller Golf Course and Anaheim Hills Golf Course in Anaheim and Shorecliffs Golf Club and San Clemente Municipal Golf Course in San Clemente. In addition, more than 3,000 children have been served in our afterschool, outreach program, DRIVE, in 12 elementary schools in Orange, Tustin and Santa Ana.

For more information on our organization, please view the highlights below. You may also contact our office at (714) 833-8221 or e-mail Caitlin Bodoh.


The Life Skills Experience – Our Signature Program

The First Tee of Orange County accomplishes its mission to build positive character traits in youth through programs that seamlessly integrate core values, healthy habits and the fundamentals of golf. Each Life Skills Experience session includes a classroom aspect to reinforce The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits.
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DRIVE – Our Afterschool, Outreach Program

In 2014, The First Tee of Orange County partnered with another nonprofit, THINK Together, to deliver our after-school, outreach program called DRIVE to twelve (12) school sites in Tustin, Orange and Santa Ana to serve an additional 1,845 elementary students.
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More Than a Game – A message from the CEO of The First Tee National Office