Life skills experience program

Life Skills Experience: Summer 2019 Dates!!

  • Session 1: Monday June 17- Thursday July 18  (No classes the week of  July 1 – July 5)
  • Session 2: Monday July 29 – Thursday August 22.


Click Here for the 2019 Life Skills Experience Schedule


Registration for the Life Skills Experience is quickly approaching! The registration page will be on our chapter website: and registration will go live March 11! We are extremely excited to again offer online registration this year and look forward to a great summer program! This is only our second year offering the online registration process and we are striving to make this process as smooth as possible. Here are a few details that will be helpful when registering. If you’re having any trouble at all during registration, please don’t hesitate to call us at 269-210-6968 or email us at



The First Tee of Benton Harbor emphasizes Ten Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, judgment and inclusion. Through golf and our core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:

  • Making proper introductions
  • Managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity


The First Tee of Benton Harbor uses golf to teach youth life lessons and leadership skills. Sessions include a fun, group setting for youth ages 5 through senior year of high school regardless of background or previous experience. Teaming up with experts in positive youth development, The First Tee of Benton Harbor helps youth become good golfers and even better people.

As I look back at my experience with The First Tee of Benton Harbor, I’ve realized that the instructors, mentors, and volunteers at the program, played a huge part in who I am today. Because of The First Tee of Benton Harbor, I’ve obtained the confidence to set goals for myself and believe that I have the potential to achieve them.” 

– Courtney Rooker, The First Tee of Benton Harbor alumnus



From age 5 through senior year of high school, youth progress through different levels by demonstrating The First Tee Nine Core Values, life and golf skills as well as passing an assessment. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level. The pinnacle of The First Tee is completing Ace.

  • Target (Ages 5 & 6) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • PLAYer (Ages 7 & 8) – Tee up for the first time and learn the game of golf and The First Tee’s Code of Conduct.
  • Par (Ages 9+) – Focus on interpersonal and self-management skills on and off the course.
  • Birdie (Ages 11+) – Emphasis on setting goals and making them a reality.
  • Eagle (Ages 13+) – Learn resilience, conflict resolution, and future planning.
  • Ace (Ages 14+ or entering 9th grade) – Put it all together and hone in on setting goals, career education, and giving back to the community.



Ask us about scholarships for financial need.

Sibling Discount 

Registering two or more siblings earns you a discounted rate! This summer you will receive a $10 discount for each sibling you register. You will only be able to register for the sibling discount once you have registered your second participant. Please be sure to select the sibling discount option prior to completing your registration. For pricing questions please refer to the chart above.

*Unortunately, the second session discount rate is no longer available.  Please refer to the chart above to help calculate your cost when registering for multiple sessions. 

Military Discount

The First Tee of Benton Harbor will again be awarding a military discount! As a thank you for their service, military families will also receive a $10 discount when registering for the Life Skills Experience with The First Tee of Benton Harbor.