I’m new to the first tee. What is its mission?

To impact the lives of young people from all backgrounds by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

What is the First Tee Link of Anacortes?

The First Tee Link of Anacortes is run by the Kiwanis Sunrisers in partnership with the Swinomish Tribe and the Swinomish Golf Links.
Our curriculum helps young people develop golf and life skills in a positive learning environment and promotes a healthier community through responsibility and stewardship.

Where does programming take place?

The program is hosted by the Swinomish Golf Links on 12518 Christianson Road, Anacortes, WA.

When are the classes offered?

Programs are offered year-round, with three primary sessions: spring, summer, and fall.
Winter clinics are a special program designed for returning members, and made available to new participants based on availability.

What is the cost?

Everyone is invited to play in The First Tee, regardless of income level or financial means.
The Cost of the winter Clinic is:
Subsidized fee: $30 for 3-week Clinic. Second youth in the family $ 15 Scholarship fee: Custom amount.

Regular Programming sessions
Subsidized Fee: $70 for 7-week sessions. Second youth in the family $ 35 Scholarship: Custom amount.

If you are interested in financial aid for the scholarship option, please contact Kjell Carlsen at 425 306 1881 or by email kjellxcarlsen@gmail.com.

We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to play without financial burden. The option is yours each season. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

How do I enroll?

The enrollment is managed from our website.

The first step is to create an account. This account allows you to log in to our website and select the program sessions you want to sign up for.
After you created an account you have to complete the registration form. The email address used as the log-in user-id must be the same as entered on the registration form. Submit the Registration form when completed. This will allow you to log in to the website at any time and sign up to any program that is open for registration.

To sign up for the program, please visit the Program Schedule where you will find the schedule of upcoming sessions and registration dates. The registration link will be active a few weeks prior to the next session, and class schedules are available to view for the complete season. Some changes may be made in selecting the day of the week the sessions are held. Please check in regularly to stay current.

Classes fill quickly; so mark your calendar for upcoming registration dates. Select the best available option.

What level should we choose?

All participants begin with The First Tee PLAYer level. From there, players progress at their own pace, which can be very quickly for those with experience, and at a more modest pace for those who are new to the material.
The curriculum begins with foundational Core Values such as: confidence, perseverance, and respect (for others, yourself, and your surroundings). Practice with these gets each player started on the right path toward a healthy long-term relationship with golf, learning, and goal-setting.

There is no rush to advance through the program. We also believe that participants of all abilities can progress through the levels successfully, so don’t worry about falling behind. The role of our coaches is to support each player in the development of new skills and in the pursuit of their goals.

To start our this year’s program all of the youth will be placed in the PLAYer level. After the first Spring programming sessions the youth will be tested and assigned to an appropriate level based upon skill level.

What are the classes like?

Classes are organized into groups of 6-18 students, and are led by 2-5 staff coaches and volunteers. Each class meets weekly with a duration of approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the level and season (all winter classes are 1 hour). Education is “progressive” with Golf Skills and Life Skills seamlessly integrated into each activity. Assessments are made several times each session to measure and encourage individual progress; these will include both golf and life skills, and can be verbal, behavioral, written, or performance-based. Meet the standard age requirements, learn the curriculum, pass your tests, and you could be on your way to the next level in The First Tee Life Skills Experience!

Does my child need golf clubs?

All equipment is provided, but if your child has his/her own clubs, you are encouraged to bring them.

What should participants bring to class?

All equipment is provided, but it’s important to come to class well-rested, nourished and wearing appropriate clothing. We spend the majority of class time outdoors, so proper footwear and outerwear is a necessity. Traditional golf attire is not required, although players are welcome to wear golf spikes, collared shirts, and slacks/pants. Most players will be comfortable in athletic clothing, including tennis shoes or even rain boots on wet days. No sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes are allowed.

What age and ability level does the program include?

All young people between the ages of 7 and 18 are encouraged to enroll, regardless of experience, skill, or maturity level. From there, each player will progress at his/her own pace.
The curriculum begins with foundational Core Values such as: confidence, perseverance, and respect (for others, yourself, and your surroundings). Practice with these gets each player started on the right path toward a healthy long-term relationship with golf, learning, and goal-setting.

There is no rush to advance through the program. We also believe that participants of all abilities can progress through the levels successfully, so don’t worry about falling behind. The role of our coaches is to support each player in the development of new skills and in the pursuit of their goals.

What are the other benefits of the first tee experience?

• Confidence, Sportsmanship, Judgment, Integrity, Courtesy, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, and an array of skills that will help you to be more successful in golf and life!

How do I contact the First Tee Link of Anacortes if I have more questions?
Just call Tom Perry at 360 661 5168