Who We Are

First Tee is a youth development initiative of the World Golf Foundation and is supported by the leading organizations in golf including the Masters Tournament, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and United States Golf Association. There are nearly 200 chapters of The First Tee located throughout the country and in five international locations. Based out of Chicago, IL, First Tee Greater Chicago chapter is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation dedicated to teaching the golf and life skills curriculum to young people in a service area that covers: I-355 east to Lake Michigan, north to the Wisconsin border and south to Interstate 80.

First Tee Greater Chicago offers our core Life Skills Experience programming in the city at Chicago Park District facilities and Harborside International Golf Center, at Foss Park Golf Course in North Chicago, Glenwoodie GC in Glenwood, Cog Hill in Lemont and in Waukegan through the Waukegan Park Districts. The First Tee of Greater Chicago strives to instill in participants First Tee Nine Core Values – honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Young people who become members of First Tee Greater Chicago enjoy a variety of opportunities to learn life skills that can help them grow as individuals and prepare for the future.

Awards & Recognition

First Tee Network Meeting featured speaker – Participant Adam Addams
National Golf Day Congressional Breakfast – Participant Zach Stuart
R.B.S. Outstanding Participant Semi-Finalist & Midwest Outstanding Participant – Sara Kuse
USGA Player for Life Award – in recognition of retaining & progressing participants
World Golf Chairman’s Award – E.D. Rob Dauphinais
R.B.S. Outstanding Participant Semi-finalist – Participant Sara Novosel
Golf Digest Junior Development Award – in recognition of teaching health & wellness through golf
USGA Player for Life Award – in recognition of retaining & progressing participants
Successfully achieved Ace and ZONE status making us one of the top 3 The First Tee chapters
Successfully achieved Ace and ZONE status making us one of the top 3 The First Tee chapters

luketrophy Honorary Ambassadors
Renowned PGA TOUR Champion Luke Donald, Chicago Cubs Outfielder and Second Baseman Ian Happ, Chicago Blackhawks Right Winger Alex DeBrincat and PGA Professional Patrick Flavin are Honorary Ambassadors of First Tee Greater Chicago. Their continued generosity and involvement has played a major factor in our organization’s growth and success!
greater-chicago Board of Governors
A twenty-member Board of Governors, comprised of leaders in the Chicago-area philanthropic, business and golf communities, governs First Tee Greater Chicago.
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greater-chicago Regional Advisory
In November 2010, First Tee approved a change in service area allowing the chapter to expand programming services beyond city limits into neighboring communities. As First Tee Greater Chicago the chapter will partner with community groups and golf facilities to create affiliate relationships to deliver First Tee Life Skills Experience to more young people.
acslogo2012_opt Ambassadors Council
Formed in the 2010, the Ambassadors Council is a junior auxiliary board comprised of civic-minded young professionals dedicated to supporting First Tee’s mission of promoting positive youth development through golf throughout Greater Chicago.
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Check out our Chapter Calendar for upcoming participant programs, special events, volunteer opportunities and fundraising activities.
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