Introducing Kids to the Game of Golf.

Foundation of Golf – Core Values (Part 1 of 2)

Golf is a catalyst for the future success of your child… not just in making birdies and pars, but more importantly in real life.  From a foundation standpoint, golf teaches kids at an early age core values that are difficult to reproduce in “normal life” as a youngster.  One of the most powerful golfing organizations that elevated the power of the “foundation of life” for youth is The First Tee.  So the next time you look at golf as just a game… challenge yourself to evaluate these core values into your next adventure to the golf course… as learning these attributes at a young age will serve your child more importantly than chasing birdies and pars.

The First Tee has established Nine Core Values that represent some of the many inherently positive values connected with the game of golf.  These Nine Core Values have been incorporated into The First Tee Experience and have been used to name golf holes at The First Tee facilities.

  • Honesty – the quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive.  Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves and report their own score.
  • Integrity – strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; personal honesty and independence. 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 – observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace.  Players must know and abide by the rules of golf and be able to conduct themselves in a kind and respectful manner towards others even in a competitive game.
  • Respect – to feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.  In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honor and traditions of the game.
  • Confidence – reliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance.  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 – accounting for one’s actions; dependable.  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 persist in an idea, purpose or task despite obstacles.  To succeed in golf, players must continue through bad breaks and their own mistakes, while learning from past experiences.
  • Courtesy – considerate behavior toward others; a polite remark or gesture.  A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Players also should be still and quiet while others are preparing and performing a shot.
  • Judgment – the ability to make a decision or form an opinion; a decision reached after consideration.  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.

Good luck – take advantage of the “foundation” of golf to build a better future for your child.


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