If you have any questions that are can’t be answered below, please contact our Executive Director, Jennifer Blackwood at 540.563.1TEE (1833) or  by email at info@thefirstteeroanokevalley.org

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?

It’s easy!  You can register and pay for all Classes, Skills & Drills and Play Days online.
Click HERE to register.  If you have any questions while registering, please contact Jennifer Blackwood at info@thefirstteeroanokevalley.org

HOW OLD MUST MY CHILD BE TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

Children must be five (5) years old to eighteen (18) years old before or during any program session.

DOES IT MATTER WHERE I LIVE TO ENROLL MY CHILD IN CLASSES?

There are no residency requirements.

DOES MY CHILD NEED PRIOR GOLF EXPERIENCE?

There is no prior golf experience needed.  Our coaches are trained in positive youth development.  That means they are experts in making young people feel comfortable and assure they have a positive, non-intimidating experience.

IS EQUIPMENT PROVIDED OR DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING CLUBS?

Equipment is provided, however children may bring their own clubs.  Please contact us prior to your class if you need to borrow equipment.

WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?

Classes are offered during the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Specific class times and days vary by location.  You may find our our class schedule here.

WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?

Most classes are at our main facility, The Scott Robertson Jr. Golf Academy (3707 Densmore Road, Roanoke, VA).  Classes are also held at two other SW Virginia locations: The Westlake Golf Course (360 Chestnut Creek Dr, Hardy, VA), and Vista Links Golf Course (100 Vista Links Drive, Buena Vista, VA).

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Our weather policy varies by program location.  If the program locations offers an indoor space we will have class indoors, if no space is available then the class will be cancelled and rescheduled.  We will notify families by email if class will be cancelled.  Please make sure to check your email.  If you do not hear from us, then consider that class is still on!

During extreme weather conditions (blustery winds, lightening, thunder, flooding, etc.) please don’t attempt to attend classes. Classes will be cancelled and an email, phone call or text will alert everyone that class will be canceled for that day.

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR?

We encourage children to wear clothes that they are comfortable in when they are attending classes at our First Tee facility – The Scott Robertson Jr. Golf Academy.  However, if participants are meeting at a local golf course instead of The First Tee, children are required to wear neat attire including collared shirts (boys shirts tucked inside), shorts, pants, slacks, skorts (girls), golf shoes or sneakers and a hat or visor. No holes, baggie jeans, spandex or gym shorts allowed. Children should be dressed appropriately according to weather conditions

AS AN ADULT HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED WITH THE FIRST TEE OF Roanoke valley?

Adults may consider becoming a Volunteer. Please visit our Volunteer Page for more information.

  • Parents can assist The First Tee of Roanoke Valley Staff in helping to determine the future direction of programming by communicating what participants want to receive from their program.
  • Communicate to fellow parents on the activities of the Chapter (i.e., Emails & Newsletters).
  • Volunteer during check-in time for programming and help in the organization of the Parent-Child Golf Tournament held yearly in September
  • Assist with fundraising and raffle donations
  • Help recruit new participants and parents, who have not previously heard of The First Tee.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE FIRST TEE?

The First Tee is an international youth character development organization dedicated to the mission of impacting the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

WHAT ARE PLAYER LEVELS?

All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of The First Tee is completing Ace.

  • Tiger Paws (required minimum age 5) – Entry level class for beginner golfers
  • PLAYer (required minimum age 7) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par (recommended minimum age 9) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (recommended minimum age 11) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (recommended minimum age13) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • Ace (required minimum age 14 or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.

HOW DO I DETERMINE WHAT LEVEL MY CHILD IS CURRENTLY?

All young people new to The First Tee enter at the PLAYer Level.  The PLAYer classes are split up by age and golf ability.  As participants attend classes they learn the life and golf skills needed to move up to the next level within the program.  You can learn more about which class your child should be in by visiting the Participant Levels and Certification Requirements page.

WHAT IS THE EVALUATION PROCESS? WHEN WILL MY CHILD BE EVALUATED?

Evaluation is determined by the child’s proficiency in on-or-off course study. Coaches and staff conduct a review of each child’s proficiency in The First Tee Life Skills Experience (Nine-Core Values) and Golf Knowledge (skills learned on the course). Evaluations are offered on a rolling basis. After the child has been evaluated and has passed both the The First Tee Life Skills Experience (80% or higher) and Golf Skills Knowledge (80% or higher), the child will elevate to the next certification level upon activation in the next session

MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS. IS YOUR PROGRAM INCLUSIVE?

We accept children with special needs. However, we understand that there are children that may have cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities therefore we may not be able to accommodate some participants due to program location accessibility. We respectfully request parents to contact us to discuss their child’s needs.

MY CHILD IS AN HONOR ROLL STUDENT. WILL HE/SHE RECEIVE RECOGNITION?

Yes! The First Tee recognizes A/B Honor Roll recipients with a Certificate of Achievement twice per year (Spring & Fall). Parents provide us with notification and we’ll ensure their child(ren) receives a certificate of academic achievement.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

In the event of an emergency during which your child needs immediate medical assistance we ask our parents to provide us with an emergency contact during registration.  Please ensure this information is listed so that in case of an emergency we can contact either the parent/guardian or family member.