“The First Tee is a nationally recognized program that uses the game of golf to teach leadership and life skills to young men and women,” says Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
During the open house, kids can get free golf instructions and tips from professional golfers from the New Jersey section of the Professional Golf Association and information about The First Tee’s programs, including its summer schedule. In addition, visitors can also sign up for The First Tee’s six-week spring program which begins April 10 and continues through June 26. Registration is $25 per student, although the program says students are not turned away based on their ability to pay. The First Tee program in Essex County is supported by the NJPGA and The First Tee of Metropolitan New York. For more information, please send inquires to [email protected].
Essex County partnered with The First Tee in 2006 to build a three-hole golf facility for young people at Weequahic Park. The First Tee offers individual classes on Saturdays and Sundays and school and group lessons after school during the week. Essex County provides free golf for The First Tee participants at off peak hours. Over 1,000 children participated in classes and clinics at the facility in 2009.