The Core Values
We feel that the game of golf helps children learn important life skills and promotes positive character development. The First Tee established Nine Core Values that represent some of the inherently positive values connected with the game of golf. Although The First Tee is not available in Canada, we hope to integrate these core values into our junior programs to ultimately help kids lead more productive lives and be contributing members of the community.
honesty ~ Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves and report their own score.
integrity ~ Golf is a game of etiquette and composure. Players are responsible for their actions and personal conduct on the golf course even at times when others may not be looking.
sportsmanship ~ Players must know and abide by the rules of golf and be able to conduct themselves in a kind and respective manner towards others even in a competitive game.
respect ~ In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honour and traditions of the game.
confidence ~ Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that one achieves. Players can increase confidence in their abilities by being positive and focusing on something they are doing well regardless of the outcome.
responsibility ~ Players are responsible for their actions on the golf course. It is up to them to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green, and keep up with the pace of play.
perseverance ~ To succeed in golf, players must continue through bad breaks and their own mistakes, while learning from past experiences.
courtesy ~ A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Players should be still and quiet while others are preparing and performing a shot.
judgment ~ Using good judgment is very important in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance, the type of shot players consider executing, as well as making healthy choices on and off the golf course.