Welcome to The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties

What We Do:

To impact the lives of young people in Spartanburg by creating affordable and accessible golf facilities primarily to serve those who have not previously had exposure to the game and its positive values...

Nine Core ValuesTM Honesty
Nine Core ValuesTM Integrity
Nine Core ValuesTM Sportsmanship
Nine Core ValuesTM Respect
Nine Core ValuesTM Confidence
Nine Core ValuesTM Responsibility
Nine Core ValuesTM Perseverance
Nine Core ValuesTM Courtesy
Nine Core ValuesTM Judgment

What’s new at The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties

Registration for Spring Programming opens January 31st

Spring 2016 programming March 21 - May 21 (no classes the week of spring break) at The Creek (Spartanburg), Woodfin Ridge (Boiling Springs/Inman), Cherokee National (Gaffney) and NEW Willow Creek (Greer) Life Skills & Golf Skills programming conducted once weekly for youth ages 5 and up. Easy, secure Online Registration and Payment available as well as downloadable application.
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Announcing a Partnership with Willow Creek Golf Club

Thanks to grant funding from The Spartanburg County Foundation, The First Tee programming will be taught at Willow Creek Golf Club starting August 26th. Willow Creek is located at 205 Sandy Run Drive in Greer on the Spartanburg/Greenville county line. PGA professional Steve Goforth will lead Life Skills & Golf Skills instruction.

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Make a Difference...Be a First Tee Volunteer!

The gift of time tells kids that you care -- a powerful way to help them build self-esteem.

Call or email for group and one-on-one training options!
(864) 583-7084 ext. 6
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The First Tee 2016 Golf Passport

Pack your (Golf) Bag, your 2016 Golf Passport is available!

Back by Popular Demand, The First Tee Golf Passport!
18 "Free" Greens Fees, 9 Golf Courses, Cart Rental Required
Valid January 1 - December 31, 2016
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2016 Coca-Cola Spartanburg County Am Championships

2016 Schedule, Register Online A tradition since 1973. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties. Registration for 2016 championships opens March 14, 2016. For details, click "Read More" below. For tournament information, click the Coca-Cola logo seen under "Sponsor Spotlight" on left side of home page.
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Support our Annual Campaign

Help us Build Character through Golf. Your donation to The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties helps insure that our programs continue to make a positive impact on over 28,000 area youth.

To view our Annual Campaign story of opportunity CLICK HERE.  To donate, please click on the Donate tab at the top of this webpage or contact Fran Dunn at (864) 583-7084 extension 6.  

86% of all The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties expenditures support programming services.  To view The First Tee of Spartanburg, Inc. 2014 IRS Form 990 CLICK HERE

The First Tee of Spartanburg Golf Course

Did You Know....The First Tee six-hole golf course is open year round and FREE for youth under age 18 to play! $8.00 daily unlimited play for adults. All yardage less than 100 yards...a great way to practice and fun for all ages! Visit The First Tee Golf Course at 640 Keltner Avenue, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Proceeds support golf skills and life skills programming at The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties.
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12th Annual Cyder Cup Matches

The 12th annual Cyder Cup Matches (October 24-25) pit the top amateur golfers from Spartanburg against the top amateur golfers from Greenville to raise awareness and funds to support local programming for The First Tee. The tournament is held at The Carolina Country Club and is open to the public. CLICK BELOW FOR DETAILS AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION.
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Spartanburg chapter pilots STEM Links program

The First Tee debuts its STEM Links Field Guide program on October 26th at The Country Club of Spartanburg. The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties is one of six chapters selected to administer the pilot program, which will be launched nationwide in spring 2016.
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The First Tee Life Skills & Golf Skills Team Challenge

184 fourth graders from 46 First Tee partnering schools will tee up Life Skills and Golf Skills learned in school at 2 First Tee partnering golf courses. Cherokee National Golf Course will host a school-day competition for Cherokee County students on Friday, September 18th sponsored by Henry Transou Memorial Junior Golf Classic Fund. The following Friday, September 25th, students will compete at The First Tee Course at The Creek Golf Club. The Spartanburg County event is presented by PwC Charitable Foundation Inc. and sponsored by Phifer Johnson Foundation. Lunch is provided by Bojangles with product support by Coca-Cola of Spartanburg and Diversified Pool Products.
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Dennis Gardner Memorial Golf Classic

Tee it up with friends of Guy "Dennis" Gardner, a man who loved family, friends, and golf! On October 11th, knickers are optional, but don't forget your sense of humor!

Sunday, October 11th at River Falls
benefiting The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties
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Grace Vaughan named finalist RBS Achievers of the Year

Congratulations Grace Vaughan, named Top Ten FINALIST for The First Tee RBS Achievers of the Year. Two GRAND PRIZE winners, one boy and one girl, will each be awarded a $15,000 scholarship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL on Saturday, October 3, during the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship.
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Tristan Harrill on Golf Channel

Meet The First Tee's newest ambassador...Tristan Harrill selected as 1 of 3 The First Tee participants nationwide to have a story of triumph over adversity featured on The Golf Channel.
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Grace Vaughan wins GRAND PRIZE in Wells Fargo Succeeding Together Contest, plays with #1 Rory McIlroy in Pro-Am on 5/13/15

Congratulations Grace Vaughan, named GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Wells Fargo "Succeeding Together" Essay Contest. Grace's prize package includes a 4 day/3 night trip for 2 to attend the Wells Fargo Championship and sponsored/celebrity events plus the opportunity to play in the Wells Fargo Pro-Am with Rory McIlroy, her long-time idol!  We are so proud of this inspiring young lady -- go Grace!

Click here to watch her video

Maggie Smith selected TFT Life Skills & Leadership Academy

Congratulations Maggie Smith, one of 96 juniors worldwide selected to attend The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy 7/22-7/28 in Blaine, MN. Participants are instructed in leadership and career opportunities and enjoy championship golf! Maggie is one of four participants from South Carolina attending the academy!

Maria File selected BMW Big Break

Congratulations Maria File, TFT Eagle participant (The Creek location), one of 12 players selected by the SC Junior Golf Association to compete Wednesday, May 13th starting at 1:30 pm in the BMW "Big Break" skills challenge at the Reserve at Lake Keowee. Juniors will play with a Web.Com Tour Player and a "Wounded Warrior" veteran of US Forces. Congratulations and good luck to Maria, we are proud of your accomplishment!

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A Program that Works

Research Validates

In a past independent research study of The First Tee, 73% of young people at participating chapters reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically and 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

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Our Impact

The First Tee believes young people in our community are our future leaders. Our programs impact youth and expose them to core values like respect, integrity and perseverance.

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How We Help

One-third of young people say they lack adult role models. The First Tee provides quality youth programs that include adult mentors and safe places.

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