The Future Talent of Silicon Valley DBA The First Tee of Silicon Valley is a nonprofit public benefit corporation (501 c3). As such the purpose of our classes is to serve the youth of our area and build our community’s future. It is because of generous donors who believe in the potential of our program and our youth that this education may occur at an affordable price. The cost of a full season is only $160, with financial aid and sibling discounts available. Class locations are in Palo Alto, San Jose, and Gilroy.


2019 Summer Registration Dates

Wednesday, April 17th – Opens for NEW Participants at 10am
Wednesday, May 8th – Opens for RETURNING Participants at 10am
Tuesday, May 28th – Closes for ALL Participants at midnight

2019 SPRING Schedule

Tuesday, March 5th – Saturday, March 9th – Classes Begin
Tuesday, April 9th – Saturday, April 13th – Break Week
Tuesday, April 30th – Saturday May 4th – Last Week of Class

Returning Participants – please visit the Participant Private Page for more detailed information about our programs.


Our classes use the game of golf to build character, promote life-enhancing values, and healthy choices. The First Tee Golf and Life Skills curriculum is divided into 5 levels where students are learning and applying The First Tee Nine Core Values, the 27 Core Life Lessons, and 10 Golf Fundamentals. Through this process participants learn to development interpersonal communications, self-management skills, resiliency skills, and goal setting. In addition to learning the life skills, progression in the program gives participants the tools to be competent golfers. The top level of our program (Ace) focuses on career development, post high school education opportunities, and community service.

We create a safe environment that gives our participants the chance to explore the game of golf on their own and with others. All of our coaches are trained in golf and life skill development that encourages success.

Spring – Mid March to Mid May
Summer – Mid June to Mid August
Fall – Mid September to Mid November
Winter – Early December to Early February

Locations – View which golf course offers classes closest to you.

Who Can Join

The First Tee of Silicon Valley has an open door policy. Any individual 2nd through 12th grade can participate regardless of physical ability, behavioral issues, or family finances. We see that funds are made available to families in need of financial assistance and we also provide all the equipment needed for a beginning golfer. If you are concerned about unique circumstances that may prevent your son or daughter from participating, please contact us and we will work with you to make our program available.

For questions, please reach out to a member of our staff listed below by location during our office hours, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.

Palo Alto & Moffett Field – Matt Sheppard – or 408-508-4883
San Jose – Chris or 408-508-4884
South County & Gilroy – Manny or 408-508-4887

General or 408-288-2934

Instructors at The First Tee of Silicon Valley begin as volunteer coaches until they attend a multi-day training. At training, they learn the basics of safety and the curriculum, as well as the finer points of teaching and mentoring. The First Tee of Silicon Valley incentivizes coaches to attend more training sessions to raise the quality of our programs.

Get Your Child Started!

The First Tee of Silicon Valley hosts classes with each season. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter seasons have 8 days of class over 9 weeks. Click REGISTER in the top right-hand corner of the page to register online or contact us with any questions you have regarding the program or registration process.

In the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter we offer nine week sessions. There are a total of eight classes per session that occur once a week and are 90 minutes each. Every season has one week with no classes (except Winter, which has a two week break).


Parents’ Guide
– The First Tee publishes a Parents’ Guide with detailed info on our curriculum, approach, outreach, and much more. Learn more by visiting our Parents’ Guide pages.