Central Coast Junior Golf, Inc. organized as a 501©(3) not-for-profit organization in September of 1999 and began doing business as First Tee – Central Coast in October 2002. The organization was created to become a First Tee Chapter and bring the Life Skills Experience to communities in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and northern Ventura counties.
First Tee — Central Coast is one of 150 First Tee chapters across the U.S. and select international locations. First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do.
First Tee – Central Coast is currently serving over 2,000 young people each year at thirteen central coast golf courses. Our First Tee School Program enables us to bring First Tee curriculum to elementary & middle school PE classes as well. Through safe, fun activities, kids are learning the basic golf skills, values and healthy habits in a classroom setting. Our school program is currently active in elementary and middle schools in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Hope, Goleta, Santa Ynez, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Santa Maria, and Lucia Mar school districts, reaching just under 30,000 students annually.
Additionally our First Tee Community Program offers a curriculum specifically designed for the after-school/youth-serving space (YMCA’s, Girls Inc, Boys and Girls Club, etc.) to bring the program to kids who might not otherwise have exposure to golf and life lessons that are learned through the game.