What to expect at a First Tee – Québec session

Trying new things is a great way to build self-confidence. However, it can also be intimidating. While First Tee – Québec aims to create welcoming environments, knowing more about what to expect may help your family feel more comfortable heading into your first session.

Here’s what you can expect:

A warm welcome

From the moment you arrive, expect to be greeted by a friendly First Tee coach and/or volunteer. Coaches are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where every participant feels valued and supported.

As part of First Tee – Québec’s commitment to safety, all First Tee – Québec coaches and volunteers receive background checks and must complete Safe Sport and Respect in Sport training. In addition, First Tee – Québec coaches are trained and certified by the joint efforts of First Tee and the PGA of Canada.  

Golf equipment and attire are not necessary

Come as you are! We provide appropriate junior golf equipment and encourage kids to wear whatever they feel most confident in. We recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Our coaches modify the equipment and activities based on age level and skill. Some participants or sessions start with plastic clubs and tennis balls to ensure a safe environment, then work their way up to feeling comfortable with golf irons and balls.

Intro to basic golf skills

Participants will learn the fundamental skills of golf in a fun and interactive setting. From gripping the club to mastering the swing, our coaches are there every step of the way to provide guidance and encouragement.

The First Tee program incorporates many other sports and games into sessions. For example, using unique versions of bowling or tic-tac-toe to teach chipping, putting speed, and distance control.

Life skills integration

First Tee – Québec is more than a golf program. We aim to provide kids with tools for success both on and off the course. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that continue to foster life skills like inner strength, self-confidence, resilience, honesty, and respect.

To achieve this, we incorporate a life lesson or skill into every session. For instance, if the life skill or theme of the month is honesty, the coach will discuss the importance of honest scoring and have teams keep track of their score during a game or competition. Participants will discuss amongst the group why honesty is so important in the game of golf and at school and home.

Empowering environment

Coaches and volunteers are there to offer guidance, support, and plenty of high fives. Here at First Tee – Québec, we celebrate every milestone no matter how small.

Even though you’ll find participants of all varying levels at First Tee, many kids can feel nervous during their first session. We like to remind them that every golfer was once a beginner! We all start somewhere.

What’s next? 

How do you stay connected after your child loved their experience with First Tee – Québec? Sign up for our newsletter for updates and visit your chapter’s registration page to find spring, summer, and fall programming near you. 

If your child is ready for a round of golf, check out Youth on Course to learn more about courses near you that offer $5 subsidized rounds for children under 18.