Our History

Learn about First Tee's history as a global organization and First Tee — San Francisco as a local chapter serving the San Francisco Bay Area Community.

History of First Tee

First Tee began in 1997 as a partnership among the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA to make golf affordable and accessible for all kids. As we introduced the game, we also introduced a life skills curriculum that supported the development of values found within the game of golf, including honesty, integrity, perseverance and respect. This was a game changer –  for the kids, and for our organization. Now, for over two decades we’ve been committed to helping kids build character strengths and important life skills through the game and providing all kids with access to opportunities for personal growth in a fun and safe environment. While we began on golf courses, we expanded by bringing our program to physical education classes across the country through our in-school and after-school programs.

Since 1997, we’ve been providing experiences that build character to empower kids through a lifetime of new challenges and continuous personal growth. During that time, we’ve been writing our own growth story, ensuring we show up stronger for future generations of kids. We invite you to take a journey with us through the last 25 years.

History of First Tee — San Francisco

First Tee — San Francisco opened its doors in 2004 welcoming the youth of San Francisco. A project lead by our founder Sandy Tatum, First Tee — San Francisco was part of the renovation of Harding Park. Mr. Tatum wanted to introduce the youth of San Francisco not only to the game of golf, but the amazing life skills First Tee teaches.

Now, First Tee — San Francisco is located at 4 different sites around the San Francisco Bay Area and serving over 15,000 youth in our community.

Learn more about the classes we offer through the link below.