The Par Level is the second of four levels that The First Tee teaches. The life skills curriculum that we teach will help children grow as individuals. The 8-week Par Class will cover the following lessons to help students prepare for successfully achieving Par Certification: (Students are not expected to complete the certification process within the 8-week time frame.)
Life Skills Golf Skills
Welcome & Introductions Grip, Stance, Posture for Putting
Respecting the Rules Chipping
Meeting & Greeting Full Swing w/ irons
3 tips for having fun while learning Full Swing w/ drivers
Staying Cool using the 4R's Play a scramble
Finding your Personal Par Putting/Short Game
Par Level Certification
Par classes meet twice a week, which includes a 1.5 hour class day and a 2 hour competetive match day each week for 8 weeks. Students will participate in fun activities that teach them the fundamentals of golf and the life skills Curriculum developed by The First Tee.
To ensure that participants can demonstrate and apply the golf and life skills specified in The First Tee Program, we are required to implement The First Tee Certification Process. Each participant must successfully master the following life skills and golf skills requirements before advancing to the next level. The length of time for completing the certification process will vary from student to student. Remember, this is not a race, but a journey that assures each student receives the necessary tools to have a fun and rewarding life on and off the golf course.
Par Level Certification
Life Skills Requirements:
RESPECT (Interpersonal Skills and Self-Management)
When at The First Tee of Augusta participant demonstrates:
Respect for self by dressing neatly, trying his/her best and keeping a positive attitude
Respect for others by being courteous and helpful as well as following instructions and safety rules
Respect for the environment by keeping the learning facility and practice areas clean and in better shape than he/she found them (i.e. repairing ball marks, replacing divots, picking up trash, etc.)
MEETING AND GREETING (Interpersonal Skills)
When meeting and greeting new people the participant consistently faces the other person, smiles and looks the other person in the eye, gives a firm handshake, and clearly states his/her name.
Having fun while you learn (Self-Management)
The participant understands uses the Three Tips for Fun while practicing and/or playing golf.
The participant maintains a positive attitude.
The participant asks for help when needed.
Staying Cool (Self-Management)
The participant understands and uses the 4R’s while practicing and/or playing golf:
Replay: Thinks about what happened and what he/she did.
Relax: Takes a deep breath
Ready: Thinks about what he/she needs to do next time.
Redo: Either tries again or imagines how to do it better
Personal Par (Self-Management)
The participant understands how to develop their own Personal Par based upon past performance and uses Personal Par while practicing and/or playing golf.
Written Life Skills Evaluation
Must achieve 80% or higher on written Life Skills and Golf Knowledge Evaluations.
Must attend 6 out of 8 weeks of class/league.
Golf Skills Requirements:
Participant must complete one, 6-hole round of golf in a timely, safe and courteous manner. There are no yardage or score requirements.
Complete a 3-hole putting course in a maximum of 9 strokes (avg. 3.0) with holes of the following length:
1 short hole (3 – 9 feet)
1 medium hole (10 – 24 feet)
1 long hole (25 – 40 feet)
Short Game Skills
Complete a 3-hole up-and-down (holes #1, #2, and #6)
In a maximum of 12 strokes (avg. 4.0) with holes of the following length:
1 hole at approximately 2 – 4 yards from the edge of the green
1 hole at approximately 8 – 10 yards from the edge of the green
1 hole at approximately 16 – 20 yards from the edge of the green
Full-Swing Skills (Fairways)
Hit 2 out of 6 fairways a minimum distance of:
75 yards to an approximately 22.5 yard fairway (8-10 yrs.)
100 yards to an approximately 30 yard wide fairway (11-12 yrs)
150 yards to an approximately 45 yard wide fairway (13 yrs and older)
Hit 2 out of 6 greens from a distance of:
35 yards to the front edge of the green (8-10 yrs.)
50 yards to the front edge of the green (11-12 yrs.)
75 yards to the front edge of the green (13 yrs. and older)
Par – Working towards Par certification
Par Certified – All Par requirements have been completed