The First Tee of Eastern North Carolina - introducing golf to young people

The First Tee

of Eastern North Carolina

Mission Statement

The First Tee of Eastern North Carolina will impact, influence and inspire the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that build character and citizenship, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf and other enduring character-building activities.

We intend to fundamentally change communities for the better in Carteret, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pitt counties through The First Tee Life Skills Experience.  By 2017, we will annually involve 5,000+ young people.  We intend to become a completely self-sufficient, endowed organization, supporting ourselves.

A Chinese proverb says for 1 year, plant rice; for 100 years, plant trees; for 1000 years, educate your youth.  The First Tee of Eastern North Carolina is on the 1000-year campaign.    

We will achieve change in the community through The Life Skills Experience Curriculum (Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits), National School Program (NSP), School Day Program (SDP), After School Programs (ASP), home office alignment (curriculum/coaching philosophy); delivered by 100+ volunteer coaches.  These three programs, NSP, SDP, and ASP will be our core programs.

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Nine Core Values

Why is golf different from other sports?

Players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. By participating in The First Tee, youth are introduced to Nine Core Values which are incorporated throughout the program.

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More than a game

85% of alumni say The First Tee helped them become a better student.

At The First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. And it’s making a difference. Our programs are positively impacting youth, their families and their communities.


Getting started

Who can play?

The First Tee offers group lessons to youth up to age 18 regardless of background or previous experience. Our coaches are trained to make kids feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience. All we ask is young people come with an open mind and positive attitude.

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Golfers for Life

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Why Should Girls Play Sports Like Golf?

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10 FAQs About The First Tee

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The First Tee’s Reach

Our chapter is one of many in The First Tee network. The First Tee is reaching young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

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Our Local Sponsors

The John and Reba Aylward Future Generations Golf Tournament Gold and Silver Sponsor

The John and Reba Aylward Future Generations Golf Tournament - Birdies, Brews, and Bites Sponsors

Founding Partners and Sponsors

Founding Partners

The First Tee Founding Partners

Founding Corporate Partner

Legacy Partner