Mission Statement: To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf. 

The First Tee’s Nine Core Values:

Honesty  Integrity  Sportsmanship  Respect
Confidence  Responsibility  Perseverance

Courtesy  Judgment
Life Skills & Nine Healthy Habits
The First Tee Life Skills Experience promotes character development to enhance personal and social growth. Along with The Life Skills experience The First Tee also promotes healthy living through The Nine Healthy Habits, which are in three categories;
Physical Health
  • Play-regular physical activity
  •  Energy-proper diet and nutrition
  • Safety-safe practices and physical recovery
Emotional Health
  • Mind-emotional and psychological well being
  •  Family- contribute to healthy home
  • Vision-preparing for the future
Social Health
  • Friends-maintaining healthy relationships
  • School-obtaining knowledge
  • Community-participate in extended social opportunities
National School Program
  • The National School Program has been growing every year since 2004. It is in over 3,400 schools, 350 school districts across the country and has impacted more than 1.6 million elementary students.
  • Program Focus: Safety, Character education,  concept learning, developmental approach to teaching and learning, motor skills, and the Nine Core Values in each lesson.
  • The First Tee of Rochester introduced the National School Program to the first school in the Rochester area in 2011, Lincoln Choice K-8. Over 300 kids were introduced to this program. In 2013, NSP expanded to thirteen schools in the Rochester area and 4000+ kids participated in the program. Those schools are: Byron Elementary, Central Intermediate, Folwell, Lincoln Choice, Jefferson, Washington, St. Francis, St. Pius, St. Johns, Holy Spirit, Gage, John Adams and Bamber Valley.
  • New schools for 2015 are: Pinewood, Longfellow, and Riverside.
Target Outreach with The First Tee
Have fun with The First Tee Target Outreach Saturdays: May13th at Hadley Creek ,May 20th at Northern Hills and May 27th at Soldiers Field. Learn Golf through The First Tee, incorporating  life enhancing values. Bring  your family and your friends, between 10am-12pm on these dates and see what The First Tee Rochester has to offer to you-through our FREE Target Outreach Saturdays.


Participants Yearly  Cost

           Individual - $60.00 per session,  (yearly max $120.00)     

           Family -(2 or more children)  (yearly max of $175.00 per family)

           Wee Level -$30.00

           Scholarships are available, inquire at Hadley Creek


Class Registration:  " href"="""" wbwsc="" mnrochesterwt.wsc="" search.html?module="AR&type=golf&SessionID=****Register Online**** (online registration will begin February 15th 2017 and  ends one week prior to each class)


  All participants new to The First Tee, regardless of golf skill must start with the PLAYer level. 
  •    PLAYer 1, 2, 3  Ages 7-17.
  •    Par I-Ages 9-17: must be PLAYer certified .
  •    Par II-Ages 9-17: must be Par I certified
  •    Par III-Ages 10-17: must be Par II certified
  •    Birdie- Ages 11-17; must be Par certified.
  •    Eagle- Ages 14-17; must be Birdie certified.

                    2017 Summer Schedule
2017 Player Weekly sessions:


Session 1   June 12th  thru 15th    Player1      8-9:30    
Session 2   June 12th  thru 15th    Player2      10-11:30  
Session 3   June 12th thru 15th     Player3      12- 1:30
Session 4   June 26th thru 29th     PLayer1     8-9:30         
Session 5   June 26th thru 29th     Player2      10-11:30 



Session 6  July 17th thru 20th        Player2    8-9:30

Session 7  July 17th thru 20th        Player3    10-11:30

Session 8 July 31st thru Aug 3rd    Player1   8-9:30

Session 9 July 31st thru Aug 3rd    Player2    10-11:30

Session 10 July 31st thru Aug 3rd  Player3    12-1:30


   2017 Par Level Sessions:


Session PR1  June 19th thru 22nd     Par1    9:30-11:00     
Session PR2  June 19th thru 22nd     Par2    11:30-1    
Session PR3  June 26th thru 29th     Par3    12-1:30     


Session PR4  July 10th thru 13th      Par1     9:30-11 
Session PR5  July 10th thru 13th      Par2     11:30-1

Session PR6  July 17th thru 20th      Par3     12-1:30

Session PR7  July 24th thru 27th      Par1     8-9:30

Session PR8  July 24th thru 27th      Par2     10-11:30


Session PR9 Aug  7th thru 10th      Par1      8-9:30

Session PR10Aug 7th thru 10th      Par2     10-11:30

Session PR11Aug 7th thru 10th     Par3     12-1:30



  2017Birdie Level Sessions
Session BR1 June 19th thru 22nd       12-2:00
Session BR2 July 24th thru  27th      12-2:00
Session BR3 Aug. 7h  thru   10th        12-2:00 
   2017Wee-Tee Sessions (ages 5 and 6)
Wee-Tee1 June 19th thru 22nd       8-9:00 
Wee-Tee2 July 10th thru 13th          8 -9:00 


Additional Information


Fri. Aug. 11th -7:30am Open to all First Tee Participants

Play either 5 or 9 holes

Sign up by calling the Hadley Creek Golf Shop 507-529-4119

  • Incase of inclement weather, we will schedule make up days on Fridays.  
  • A minimal of 4 and a limit of 24 participants per session.
  • Schedules subject to change.
  • Testing from one level to the next will be held on Fridays, at 8,9 or 10am-
  • Times on  Special Fridays are set aside for First Tee participants. June 30, July 14h,  and Aug 4h from 8-9am each Friday.
  • Remember . First Tee participants may play anytime with an adult for only $3 at Hadley Creek. 
Information about The First Tee Rochester is available at the Park and Recreation Department office at 201 4th Street SE (City Hall) or after April 1st at Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center at 2427 Hadley Valley Road NE.Phone 507-529-4119  For more information contact W.W.(Watty) Watson: email