About Us

We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.

About First Tee Life Skills Program!

First Tee — Greater Tyler was formed from the Tyler Junior Golf Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit community youth development organization.  First Tee – Greater Tyler partners with the following golf courses to operate our Life Experience Classes: Emerald Bay Golf Club, Oakhurst Golf Course, and our facility at Woldert Park in north Tyler. These groupings are based on similarities in children’s cognitive skills, physical and movement skills, language skills, as well as social and emotional skills, which will allow the curriculum and coaches to meet the needs of participants in developmentally appropriate ways. 

First Tee — Greater Tyler’s Golf and Life Skills Experience is an age-based programming

  • 5-6: Pre School-Aged
  • 7-9: Early Elementary School-Aged
  • 10-11: Older Elementary School-Aged/Early Adolescence
  • 12-13: Middle School/Early Adolescence
  • 14+: High School/Middle Adolescence (*still enrolled in high school)


Ace offers advanced instruction and practice in many of the Golf and Life Skills and consists of four projects.

Project 1: Enjoy Golf For Life

Project 2: Plan For Life & Career Possibilities

Project 3: Give Back to Community

Project 4: Explore Educational Opportunities

For more details about our facility and programs, please contact our offices at 903-705-7281 or e-mail Starlia Skinner at [email protected].