About Us

We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.

About First Tee – Phoenix

First Tee-Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf learning facilities for young people in Maricopa County from all walks of life – particularly those who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play. It was designed to serve as a place for participants to learn valuable life skills and character lessons through creative activities and instructional programs that incorporate the fundamental teachings of golf.

The goal of First Tee-Phoenix is to incorporate responsibility, courtesy, honesty, and integrity – all values inherent in the game of golf – into the daily lives of those who participate. By using the fundamentals of golf, First Tee-Phoenix equips youth with the skills needed to follow their dreams, advance academically and athletically, strengthen their social abilities and become productive members of their local community.

First Tee-Phoenix is privileged to have the active support of The Thunderbirds, an extraordinary group of local community-oriented individuals with a common focus to positively impact the lives of young people. Through the years, the proceeds of events staged by The Thunderbirds – most notably the Phoenix Open – have been spent to benefit numerous organizations and individuals. 

Application & New Member Information

Do you have a child and would like to enroll him/her in our programming?  You can join at any time during our 4 programming sessions. All new members start in PLAYer class which is in “Purple” on the calendar. Class times and days vary by location. Each member will fill out an application and pay the $155 yearly fee online. Call us for more information. 602-305-7655. See you soon!