The First Tee has established Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf.

By participating in The First Tee, kids are introduced to these core values which are incorporated throughout the program. Parents are encouraged to reinforce these behaviors by talking about them, what they mean and what these behaviors can look like at home.


The quality or state of being truthful, not deceptive. Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves.


The strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; it is personal honesty and independence. Golf is a game of honesty, etiquette and composure. You are responsible for your actions and personal conduct on the golf course.


Observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace. You must know and abide by the Rules of Golf and be able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner.


To feel or show deferential regard for others. In golf, it is important to show respect for yourself, your partners, your opponents and the golf course, as well as for the honor and traditions of the game.


Reliance or trust: it is a feeling of self-assurance. Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that you achieve. You must have confidence in your abilities each time you play golf.


Accounting for one’s actions and being dependable. In golf, you are responsible for yourself and your actions on the golf course. It is up to you to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green and keep up with the pace of play.


To persist in an area, purpose or task despite obstacles. To succeed in golf, you must learn to persevere through bad breaks and your mistakes.


Considerate behavior towards others. It is a polite remark or gesture. A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Show courtesy toward others by remaining still and quiet while they prepare and execute a shot.


The ability to make a decision or form an opinion. It is a decision reached after consideration. Using good Judgement is critical in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance.