Assessment Certification Requirements

 

The First Tee of Greater Charleston curriculum offers seven progressive levels of golf and life skills instruction: TARGET, PLAYer, Advanced PLAYer, PAR / Teen, BIRDIE, EAGLE, and ACE. Coherent with the classes listed below; certification ensures that each participant can successfully complete and demonstrate the golf and life skills acquired during their previous classes. Successful completion of certification is required to move to advanced program levels.

Advancement in the program is solely up to the participant and his/her aspirations. The length of time needed to certify from one level to the next will vary from participant to participant. Certification Requirements are posted to help participants and parents follow along with progression and preparation for certification, while encouraging practice and play outside of scheduled class time. Please note that the only exception is the TARGET level, which is an optional class for 5 and 6 year olds and does not have a Yardage Book or assessment. Participants simply age out to the PLAYer level on their 7th birthday.

The First Tee of Greater Charleston recommends a minimum of 16 hours (32 for Birdie and Eagle) at each level before attempting the assessments.

Assessments are offered at the PLAYer-Birdie levels by appointment only at the completion of each Core Golf & Life Skills Programming session for participants enrolled in the current season’s classes. Assessment schedules are released during week 6 of each season and are emailed directly to families participating that season by the Program Director, and registration is done by email.

The First Tee Certification Requirements Quick Glance
Progressive Levels PLAYer
Ages 7-12
Advanced PLAYer
Ages 8-13
PAR
Ages 9-14
Teen
(combined level PLAYer, Adv. PLAYer, PAR) Ages 13-18
Birdie
Ages 11-18
Eagle
Ages 13-18
General Requirements to Certify to the Next Progressive Level

Class hours per level

We encourage participants to assess each season as an extra opportunity practice the skills they have learned!

Minimum of 16 hours (2 seasons) suggested before certifying Minimum of 16 hours (2 seasons) suggested before certifying Minimum of 36 hours (3 seasons) suggested before certifying Minimum of 36 hours (3 seasons) suggested before certifying Minimum of 36 hours (3 seasons) required before certifying Minimum of 64 hours (4 seasons) required before certifying**
Certifying Age 8 yrs. or older 9 yrs. or older 11 yrs. or older 13 yrs. or older 13 yrs. or older 15 yrs. or older
Volunteer Hours 0 hours 0 hours 0 hours 0 hours 0 hours Minimum of 32 hours
Golf Skills Assessments

Walking Playing Requirement

Only the PLAYer level’s walking requirement is played during the assessment. All other level requirements must be played on participant’s own time, outside of class, and the scorecard(s) must be brought to the assessment.

One 3-hole round

45 minutes or less/play

Keep accurate score

No score limit

Minimum Yardage:
– Par 3: 50
– Par 4: 100
– Par 5: 150

One 9-hole round

2 hours and 15 minutes or less/play

Keep accurate score

No score limit, but PLAYers are encouraged to pick up and move to the next hole at double par

Minimum Yardage (or Level I Junior Tees):
– Par 3: 54
– Par 4: 145
– Par 5: 210

One 9-hole round

2 hours and 15 minutes or less/play

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 63 strokes

Minimum Yardage (or Level I Junior Tees):
– Par 3: 72
– Par 4: 184
– Par 5: 250

One 9-hole round

2 hours and 15 minutes or less/play

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 63 strokes

Minimum Yardage (or Level I Junior Tees):
– Par 3: 72
– Par 4: 184
– Par 5: 250

Five 9-hole rounds

2 hours and 5 minutes or less/play

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 57 strokes

Yardage Minimum: 2500 yards

Ten 18-hole rounds

2 hours and 5 minutes or less/play

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 100 strokes

Yardage Minimum: 5500 yards

Putting

One 9-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 33 strokes

Distances:
– 3 Short: 4-9 feet
– 3 Medium: 10-15 feet
– 3 Long: 20-30 feet

One 9-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 27 strokes

Distances:
– 3 Short: 4-9 feet
– 3 Medium: 10-15 feet
– 3 Long: 20-30 feet

One 9-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 24 strokes

Distances:
– 3 Short: 4-9 feet
– 3 Medium: 10-15 feet
– 3 Long: 20-30 feet

One 9-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 24 strokes

Distances:
– 3 Short: 4-9 feet
– 3 Medium: 10-15 feet
– 3 Long: 20-30 feet

One 9-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 21 strokes

Distances:
– 3 Short: 4-9 feet
– 3 Medium: 10-15 feet
– 3 Long: 20-30 feet

One 9-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 18 strokes

Distances:
– 3 Short: 4-9 feet
– 3 Medium: 10-15 feet
– 3 Long: 20-30 feet

Short Game N/A N/A

One 3-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 12 strokes

Distances:
– Short: 2-4 yards
– Medium: 8-10 yards
– Long: 16-20 yards

One 3-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 12 strokes

Distances:
– Short: 2-4 yards
– Medium: 8-10 yards
– Long: 16-20 yards

One 6-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 21 strokes

Distances:
– 2 Short: 2-4 yards
– 2 Medium: 8-10 yards
– 2 Long: 16-20 yards

One 9-hole round

Keep accurate score

Maximum of 24 strokes

Distances:
– 3 Short: 2-4 yards
– 3 Medium: 8-10 yards
– 3 Long: 16-20 yards

Full – Swing (Greens) N/A N/A 3/6
(45 yards from center of green)
3/6
(45 yards from center of green)
3/6
(75 yards from center of green)
4/6
(100 yards from center of green)
Full – Swing (Fairways) N/A N/A 2/6
(ball travels a minimum of 100 yards to fairway 45 yards wide)
2/6
(ball travels a minimum of 100 yards to fairway 45 yards wide)
3/6
(ball travels a minimum of 150 yards to a fairway 45 yards wide)
4/6
(ball travels a minimum of 175 yards to a fairway of 45 yards wide)
Written Assessments
Life Skills Knowledge 80% or higher on 10 questions (8/10) 80% or higher on 10 questions (8/10) 80% or higher on 15 questions (12/15) 80% or higher 10 questions (8/10) & 80% or higher on 15 questions (12/15) 80% or higher on 20 questions (16/20) 80% or higher on 25 questions (20/25)
Golf Skills Knowledge 80% or higher on 10 questions (8/10) 80% or higher on 10 questions (8/10) 80% or higher on 15 questions (12/15) 80% or higher 10 questions (8/10) & 80% or higher on 15 questions (12/15) 80% or higher on 20 questions (16/20) 80% or higher on 25 questions (20/25)
Life Skills/Golf Skills Bag Tag checklist (measured by observable behaviors)
Bag Tag checklist (Learned Core Values
& Life Skills)

1.Showing Respect

2.Courtesy Towards Others

3.Responsibility for the Course

4.The Honesty of Players

5.Modeling Sportsmanship

6.Developing Confidence

1.Showing Respect

2.Courtesy Towards Others

3.Responsibility for the Course

4.The Honesty of Players

5.Modeling Sportsmanship

6.Developing Confidence

7.Using Good Judgment

8.Playing with Perseverance

9.Living with Integrity

1.GAME

2.Respect

3.Meeting and Greeting with A-L-R

4.Three Tips for Having Fun

5.4 R’s

6.Personal Par

1.9 Core Values at Advanced PLAYer

2.GAME

3.Respect

4.Meeting and Greeting with A-L-R

5.Three Tips for Having Fun

6. 4 R’s

7.Personal Par

1.Dreams and Goals

2.Important and Positive Goals

3.Specific Goals

4.Goal Under Your Control

5.Goal Ladder

6.S.T.A.R.

1.Wellness

2.Go-To Team

3.Appreciating Diversity

4.C.A.R.E

5.Go-To Person

6.Planning for the Future

Golf Rules
Yardage Book and Rules of Golf PLAYer (up to page 30) and USGA Rules of Golf PLAYer and USGA Rules of Golf Par and USGA Rules of Golf PLAYer & Par and USGA Rules of Golf Birdie and USGA Rules of Golf Eagle and USGA Rules of Golf

** Please note that Eagle assessments are not held each season but every other year to certify to the Ace level.  The Ace level is the highest opportunity for participants of The First Tee.  Participants work to complete four projects over a 1-2 year span to help them prepare for their future on and off the golf course.  To learn more about the Ace level, please click here.