Many people think of the First Tee of the Lowcountry as a program for youth. Yes, it is – and it’s an awesome one for the young people in our community.
It is also a great facility for adults of all ages to practice their golf game. I recently taught a golf clinic for Women’s Golf Day and we had 35 ladies have an enjoyable time learning the great game of golf.
The local First Tee facility opened in 2015 on Hilton Head Island, adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club, at 151 Gumtree Road. The course was designed by noted architect Clyde Johnston. It is an excellent place to practice one’s golf game.
The facility includes a six-hole Par 3 course, two USGA greens for chipping and putting, and a two-sided 325 yard driving range. The holes on the Par 3 course range from 54 yards to 114 yards. You can hit all the balls you want on the range for a donation of $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
The First Tee program for youth is a nationwide curriculum that teaches not only golf but the nine core values that can be carried into their lives at school and home. The values are: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.
Pat Zuk, executive director of the First Tee and a veteran of 25 years in the program, believes that “the nine core values are what we want our young people to be as grown-ups. They learn a lot more than how to swing a golf club.”
There are five levels to the First Tee program.
The program runs year round and has special programing during the summer months. Most classes meet once a week for six weeks. They also have summer camps that meet four days a week at the Hilton Head location. They also have programming this summer at Eagles Pointe Golf Club, Crescent Golf Club, Olde Beaufort Golf Club and Dataw Island Golf Club.
Prices and locations of the programs can be found on their website. Any child who wants to learn golf can attend. There are scholarships available, as well as use of clubs.
Hours at the facility are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
If you want to volunteer to help with the youth program, call Zuk at 843-686-2680. For more information, visit thefirstteelowcountry.org.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. firstname.lastname@example.org; golfdoctorjean.com