Golf & Life Skills

Since our founding in 1994, we have used the game of golf to engage youth and help develop the character they need to be successful. We couple golf instruction with a curriculum designed by First Tee that teaches kids life skills – like how to introduce yourself to someone new or what to do when you get angry or frustrated – and core values like respect and honesty. Our team of PGA members and apprentices offer classes after school and on weekends at our par-3, 6-hole Honors Course presented by TaylorMade (Oceanside) and par-3, 18-hole Colina Park Golf Course (City Heights).

By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with character-building, we create learning experiences that help kids uncover their inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that they can carry to everything they do. Our trained coaches provide an introduction to junior golf and an opportunity to enhance the participant’s golf skills. They also create a safe, supportive, and empowering environment to help your child prepare for life ahead, including friendships, school, college, and even their careers. Through our program, kids will learn skills that stay with them for life.

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More about golf classes…

Join our monthly age-based golf classes where every week we dive into a new Core Value, Game Changing Behavior, Key Commitment, Golf Fundamental, and offer a personalized practice plan for you to try outside of class. Our classes are tailored to each age group, where we make learning fun with age-specific examples of our golf class core lessons while mastering golf basics and honing your skills throughout the program. Let’s tee off together!

Reserving Space in Golf Class:

Mark your calendars! The registration for next month’s class will open on the 15th of the current month and will remain open till the 25th of every month. Families must reserve their space in classes monthly in order attend. Each golf class reservation will guarantee your spot in your selected classes every week for the designated month only.

Age Based Learning Objectives

Ages 7-9
  • Be active and have fun with peers in a safe and encouraging manner
  • Build inner strength and self-confidence
  • Learn to play golf
  • Focus on building relationships with other players while exploring the game of golf
Ages 10-11
  • Explore character concepts in active and collaborative ways that are valuable on and off the course
  • Develop golf skills and enthusiasm for the game
  • Support positive Game Changing behaviors in fun and meaningful ways
Ages 12-13
  • Explore both golf skills and characters commitments while having fun with peers
  • Provide opportunities to demonstrate mastery and growth in golf skills and abilities
  • Support growth and development of early adolescents
Ages 14+
  • Build character and support personal development
  • Develop additional golf skills and abilities
  • Look toward their future and plan their own paths
  • Evaluate, reflect, and apply their understanding of life and golf skills to new situations on and off the course

Golf Class Core Lessons

Game Changing Behaviors
  • Understanding and Managing Emotions
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • Setting Up Step-by-Step Goals
  • Planning for the Future
  • Appreciating Diversity
Key Commitments
  • Pursuing Goals
  • Growing Through Challenges
  • Collaborating with Others
  • Building Positive Self-Identity
  • Using Good Judgement
Golf Fundamentals
  • Target Awareness/Target Selection
  • Developing a Routine for Getting Ready to Swing
  • Distance Response/Awareness
  • Size or Length of Motion
  • Club Face and Ball Contact
  • Direction at Contact
  • Club Selection
  • Swing Rhythm/Tempo
  • Body Balance
  • Ball Flight/Trajectory/Curvature
  • Post-Shot Routine

Core Values


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 scores.


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.


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.


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.


The ability to plan 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.