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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...

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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

Announcing a Partnership with Cherokee National Golf Club

Youth Development through Golf has a new name...The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties! The First Tee Life Skills & Golf Skills Programming is now taught at three locations by The First Tee trained coaches and volunteers. Register TODAY for Summer Programming -- see "Building Character Through Golf ..." section below for details.
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Now Registering for Summer Classes!

SUMMER PROGRAMMING begins the week of June 16th at The Creek (Spartanburg campus) and Woodfin Ridge (Boiling Springs/Inman campus) and the week of June 23rd at Cherokee National (Gaffney campus). Life Skills & Golf Skills programming conducted once weekly for youth ages 5 and up. Easy, secure Online Registration available. Click "Read More" for Schedule, downloadable Application and Online Registration!
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Hootie & the Blowfish Junior Golf Series

Hootie & the Blowfish Junior Golf Series events are conducted every summer through local chapters across South Carolina. The events give local participants the opportunity to play some fine courses throughout the area. Tournaments are scheduled on Mondays from early June through late August.
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The First Tee 2014 Golf Passport

Pack your (Golf) Bag, your 2014 Golf Passport has Arrived! Back by Popular Demand, The First Tee Golf Passport!
18 "Free" Greens Fees, 9 Golf Courses, Cart Rental Required
Valid January 1 - December 31, 2014
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Annual Giving

Help us Build Character through Golf. Your donation to The First Tee of Spartanburg helps insure that our programs continue to make a positive impact on over 15,000 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 7. 

86% of all TFTS expenditures support programming services.  To view The First Tee of Spartanburg 2013 IRS Form 990 CLICK HERE

PwC Financial Literacy Classes

Win a Trip to the 2014 US Open! Two students from Spartanburg will win a trip to the 2014 US Open courtesy of PricewaterhouseCoopers Charitable Foundation.
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The First Tee "Successful Kids" Scholarship Program

Thanks to a lead gift from Pricewaterhouse Coopers and generous donors across the community, 42 deserving students, ages 7 to 11, will receive "Successful Kids" Scholarships in 2014 to attend a full year of after-school and summer programming at The First Tee of Spartanburg. These students are recommended by their PE teachers (whose schools partner with TFTS) based on character, aptitude, and financial need. To support this program, click the orange "Donate" tab at the top of our web page.
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The First Tee 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! Proceeds support golf skills and life skills programming at The First Tee of Spartanburg.
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TFT Discount on Junior Golf Clubs

Junior Clubs at discounted pricing -- 25% off retail. Order direct through PowerBilt, silver partner of The First Tee. All sales benefit The First Tee of Spartanburg.
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The First Tee National School Program

The First Tee of Spartanburg is proud to partner with Spartanburg School Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 in bringing core values and healthy habits to over 15,000 students annually. The First Tee National School Program teaches golf and life skills as a part of student PE instruction during school hours. Join sponsors Brenda Adair, BB&T, Brett Berry, Chapman Elementary PTO, Clipper Petroleum/Exxon on the Run, Covaris/Exopack, Dan Dunn (NAI Earle Furman), Dunagin Heating & Air, Founders Credit Union, Hamrick Mills Foundation, Inman Mills, JM Smith Corporation, Mary Black Foundation, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Pine Street School Foundation, Cathy & Don Reynolds, Phil Roper, Sertoma Clubs of SC, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, Spartanburg School District 3, Spartanburg School District 7, The Creek Golf Club, Walmart Foundation, The Walker Foundation, Todd/Vicki Whitehead, and Wofford College in promoting positive values to area students.
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The First Tee D.R.I.V.E.Program

The Greater Spartanburg YMCA is the third of eight YMCAs nationwide to partner with The First Tee to promote character and wellness education through golf to YMCA youth!
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1st Annual Life Skills & Golf Skills Team Challenge (2013)

On Friday, September 27, 2013, seventy-six 4th graders from 19 schools applied The First Tee Life Skills & Golf Skills they learn in school at The First Tee of Spartanburg Golf Course at The Creek. The event was presented by PwC Charitable Foundation Inc. See event PHOTOS by clicking "About Us, Photo Albums" at top left.
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10th Annual Cyder Cup Matches (2013)

The 10th annual Cyder Cup Matches (October 26-27) 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 Greer Country Club and is open to the public. See event PHOTOS by clicking "About Us, Photo Albums" at top left. CLICK BELOW FOR DETAILS AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION.
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Carolinas Golf Association

South Carolina Junior Golf Association

Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association

Upstate Turfgrass Association

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 fort 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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