The First Tee of Pittsburgh is one Chapter that makes up the World Golf Foundation’s nationwide initiative dedicated to influencing the lives of young people through teaching golf and the life lessons it imparts.  The First Tee of Pittsburgh uses golf as a platform for teaching kids valuable life skills that help them in all segments of their lives.

Golf is the only sport that allows participants to engage with others of so many different backgrounds. It can be played for life. A less-skilled player can play a fair match against a highly skilled golfer via the GHIN handicap system. All juniors enrolled in The First Tee of Pittsburgh’s programs will receive a GHIN handicap index, courtesy of the United States and Western Pennsylvania Golf Associations.


At our The First Tee facilities golfers of all financial, ethnic, age and gender backgrounds come together to enjoy this wonderful game. Friendship and connections are formed. Children are mentored by elders.


The First Tee of Pittsburgh was the recipient of Golf Digest’s Junior Achievement Award as the best program in the country. We welcome all those who wish to be involved as participants, volunteers, patrons, and teachers.


The First Tee and its affiliates are sponsored by all major professional golf organizations, including the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, USGA, and the Augusta National Golf Club. Former President George Bush serves as Honorary Chairman.

These core values: Responsibility; Sportsmanship; Perseverance; Confidence; Judgment; Honesty; Respect; Courtesy; and Integrity help to make the kids better students, friends and citizens. The program includes teaching these values, life skills and golf skills. We provide low, or no-cost access to The Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park, equipment, lessons and special events regardless of a family’s financial circumstances. Eligible ages are six through the end of high school. The First Tee of Pittsburgh’s Honorary Chairman is Arnold Palmer.


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