Why Golf?

Golf is unique from other sports because players learn values like honesty and responsibility by calling penalties on themselves and reporting their own score. The sport is a perfect platform for helping young people develop character because just like in life, players experience the highs and lows of the game.

The First Tee of Eastern North Carolina offers three types of programs.

The First Tee National School Program (NSP) introduces the game of golf, The First Tee Nine Core Values, and Nine Healthy Habits to elementary students during physical education classes. The use of SNAG (Starting New At Golf) equipment allows the students to experience golf with larger balls (tennis sized), larger club heads, and Velcro targets.  This school golf program creates an environment where young people are introduced to the lifelong sport while learning the basic golf motor skills and the inherent values of the game.  To Read More About The NSP, CLICK HERE.

Since the program is conducted during the school day, by the PE Teachers, we host a Champions Challenge twice a year so the 5th grade students can show off “their mad skills!”  CLICK HERE for more information.

The First Tee School Day Program (SDP) introduces the game of golf to fifth grade students at a green grass facility (golf course).  The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits are reinforced during lessons involving real golf clubs and golf balls on the driving, chipping and putting ranges.  An army of Volunteer Coaches assist in the instruction of basic motor skills, proper etiquette, and mechanics in golf.  To Read More About The SDP, CLICK HERE.

The First Tee After School Program (ASP) introduces the game of golf to students age 7-18 at a green grass facility (golf course).  The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits are introduced and reinforced during lessons involving real golf clubs and golf balls on the driving, chipping and putting ranges.  Students are also encouraged to play 9-18 holes during each semester.  An army of Volunteer Coaches assist in the instruction of all levels in the program; from PLAYer level to ACE level.  To Read More About The ASP, or to Register for Classes, CLICK HERE.

All our programs and instructions focus on developing life skills using the game of golf as its vehicle.  We teach and reinforce the following:

9 Core Values

Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship,  Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, Judgment

9 Healthy Habits

Physical – Energy, Play, Safety,  Emotional – Vision, Mind, Family, Social – Friends, School, Community

The First Tee Code of Conduct

Respect for Myself

  • I will dress neatly and wear golf or athletic shoes.
  • I will always try my best when I play or practice.
  • I will keep a positive attitude and catch myself doing something right regardless of the outcome.
  • I will be physically active, eat well, get enough sleep, and be safe so I can stay healthy.
  • I will be honest with myself, including when I keep score and if I break a rule.
  • I will use proper etiquette and maintain my composure even when others may not be watching.
Respect for Others

  • I will follow all instructions and safety rules.
  • I will keep up with the pace of play on the golf course.
  • I will be friendly, courteous and helpful.
  • I will remain still and quiet while others are playing and have fun without being loud and rowdy.
  • I will be a good sport toward others whether I win or lose.
  • I will encourage others to be safe and physically active.


Respect for my Surroundings

  • I will keep the golf course and practice areas clean and in as good or better shape than I found them.
  • I will clean and take care of my and others’ golf equipment.
  • I will be careful not to damage anything that belongs to others.

Our Junior Golf & Life Skills Curriculum Focuses on:

How to manage emotions

How to set goals

How to resolve conflicts

How to communicate with others

We are currently facilitating NSP in the following schools:

Craven County

A.H. Bangert
Arapahoe Charter School*
Arthur W. Edwards
Ben D. Quinn
Bridgeton Elementary*
Brinson Memorial*
Creekside Elementary*
Graham A. Barden
Havelock Elementary
J.T. Barber Elementary*
James W. Smith
Oaks Road*
Roger Bell
St. Paul’s
Trent Park*
Vanceboro Farm Life*
W.J. Gurganus

Jones County

Comfort Elementary School
Maysville Elementary School
Pollocksville Elementary School
Trenton Elementary School

Pamlico County

Fred A. Anderson Elementary School*
Pamlico County Primary School

*Also participating in our SDP at a green grass facility.

Soon to be expanding to:

Carteret County, Lenoir County, Onslow County, and Pitt County

Participating Golf Courses for School Day Program (SDP):

Camp Sea Gull – YMCA Camp
218 Sea Gull Landing
Arapahoe, NC 28510

Carolina Colours Golf Club
3300 Waterscape Way
New Bern, NC 28562

The Emerald Golf Club
5000 Clubhouse Drive
New Bern, NC 28562

Harbour Pointe Golf Club
1105 Barkentine Drive
New Bern, NC 28560

Minnesott Golf and Country Club
806 Country Club Drive
Arapahoe, NC 28510

River Bend Country Club
94 Shoreline Drive
New Bern, NC 28562

Taberna Country Club
401 Taberna Way
New Bern, NC 28562

Participating Golf Courses for After-School Programs (ASP):

The Emerald Golf Club

Minnesott Golf and Country Club


Golf Courses Supporting The First Tee of Eastern North Carolina through the sale and acceptance of our Player Card.  To Purchase a Player Card, CLICK HERE.

1. Ayden Country Club

2. Bear Trail Golf Club

3. Bradford Creek Golf Club

4. Brandywine Bay Golf Club

5. Carolina Colours Golf Club

6. Carolina Pines Golf & Country Club (unfortunately closed as of March 1, 2016)

7. Castle Bay Country Club*

8. Coharie Country Club

9. Cutter Creek Golf Club

10. Cypress Landing Golf Club

11. Duplin Country Club

12. The Emerald Golf Club

13. Falling Creek Country Club

14. Farmville Country Club

15. Goldsboro Municipal Golf Club

16. Harbour Pointe Golf Club

17. Ironwood Golf Club

18. Kinston Country Club

19. Minnesott Golf & Country Club

20. North Shore Country Club*

21. Olde Point Golf Club*

22. River Bend Country Club

23. Roanoke Country Club

24. Rock Creek Golf & Country Club

25. Silver Creek Country Club

26. Sound of Freedom

27. Southern Wayne Golf & Country Club*

28. Star Hill Golf Club

29. Taberna Country Club

30. Timberlake Golf Course

31. Washington Yacht & Country Club


A HUGE Thank You to

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