First Tee Life Skills Experience™ is a progressive program divided into six levels. As participants progress, each level introduces new and more advanced concepts of golf and life skills. In order to move from one level to the next, participants must complete the certification requirements at that level.

Little Linkster

All 5 and 6 year old participants enroll in the Little Linkster classes. At this level, coaches emphasize fun and exploration of the game of golf.


All NEW participants ages 7 and up start at the PLAYer level. PLAYer introduces the game of golf with special emphasis on learning the game and First Tee Code of Conduct, appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game, and First Tee Nine Core Values.


Participants that are at least 9 years old and have passed PLAYer certification enroll in the Par level. Par focuses on interpersonal communication and self-management skills.


Participants that are at least 11 years old and have passed Par certification enroll in the Birdie level. Birdie emphasizes goal-setting.


Participants that are at least 13 years old and have passed Birdie certification enroll in the Eagle level. Eagle emphasizes resilience skills, conflict resolution and planning for the future.


Participants that are at least 14 years old and have passed Eagle certification can enroll in the Ace level. Ace participants are given personal development projects that focus on setting goals for golf, career and education, and giving back to the community.