Welcome to The First Tee of Northern Michigan

What We Do:

The First Tee provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. Through The First Tee, young people discover how skills essential to success on a golf course can also help them flourish in life.

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Nine Core ValuesTM Honesty
Nine Core ValuesTM Integrity
Nine Core ValuesTM Sportsmanship
Nine Core ValuesTM Respect
Nine Core ValuesTM Confidence
Nine Core ValuesTM Responsibility
Nine Core ValuesTM Perseverance
Nine Core ValuesTM Courtesy
Nine Core ValuesTM Judgment

What’s new at The First Tee of Northern Michigan

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The First Tee of Northern Michigan at Crystal Mountain.

The First Tee of Northern Michigan is excited to announce our new program site:  Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan.  

Crystal Mountain and The First Tee staff will provide instruction to children ages 5-17 in a variety of certifying and introductory classes.  Participants will learn the important skills to help them succeed in life while also learning the game of golf.  

The First Tee of Northern Michigan focuses on 9 Core Values:  Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment.  These values are included and demonstrated in lessons on basic golf skills.

Participants do best when they enroll in certifying classes and progress through the levels of PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle.  

The First Tee of Northern Michigan at Crystal Mountain will offer spring certifying classes to ages 7-18 on Thursdays beginning May 7, 2015 and continuing through June 11, 2015.  This class will be offered from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  and is open to players of all skill levels.  Participants will be grouped by age.  The session fee for this six-week certifying course is $35.

A parents clinic will be offered at the same time, allowing parents to learn the skills their children are developing.  This clinic will be taught by the Crystal Mountain professional staff.  The session fee for this five week class is $99 per adult or $150 per couple.  

Younger children are invited to try the Little Linksters classes for ages 5-6.  These are held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. beginning on Tuesday, June 23, Tuesday, July 14, Tuesday, July 28, Tuesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 25.  The class fee for Little Linksters is $10 per class. 

Each participant pays an annual $40 membership fee in addition to the session fee.

Registration will open on April 1, 2015.  Scholarships are available.


 The 2015 Player Card is now available!! 

The First Tee of Northern Michigan Player Card is back for 2015. Once again the card will feature 26 fantastic courses in Northern Michigan. With this card you have the opportunity to play each of these courses for only $25 (includes cart fee) To see all of these great course click on the Player Card tab on the left side of the page. If you would like to order or have further questions please contact our main office at (231) 526-3168 or email info@thefirstteenorthernmichigan.org 

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A Program that Works

Research Validates

In a past independent research study of The First Tee, 73% of young people at participating chapters reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically and 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

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Our Impact

The First Tee believes young people in our community are our future leaders. Our programs impact youth and expose them to core values like respect, integrity and perseverance.

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How We Help

One-third of young people say they lack adult role models. The First Tee provides quality youth programs that include adult mentors and safe places.

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