In addition to golf lessons for children ages 7 to 18, we also run Watson Links, which connects kids with a mentor to play area golf courses free of charge for both mentors and players. Watson Links, developed and structured by Tom Watson, was designed to help promote the game of golf, impact a young person’s life, and create lifetime golfers!
Season: Watson Links season will occur from mid-May through mid-October. 22 weeks.
Golf Courses: All rounds are 9 holes played on a variety of different golf courses.
Players: Children generally between the ages of 10 and 18 who have some golf playing experience. Players will enroll online and choose a desired tee times at one of the participating golf courses. Tee times will be open 3 weeks before date and time. A player can sign up individually or with a group of friends.
Mentors: Mentors will be experienced golfers ranging from ages 18 and older. Background checks and Safe Sport will be required by every mentor. Mentors will go through an orientation regarding supervision, pace of play, and other items pertinent to the program.
Fees: Watson Links will pay the fees for both the mentors and the players.
Participating Golf Courses:
• Ironhorse Golf Course • Fred Arabanas Golf Course
•Heart of America Golf Course • Sunflower Hills Golf Course
• Minor Park Golf Course • Lady Sykes Golf Course
• Hodge Park Golf Course • Tiffany Greens Golf Course
First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do.
Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.
Your involvement can directly impact the kids we serve and the skills they develop in First Tee. Get involved today and help give kids the tools that will last them a lifetime.