Our Story

Since 1998, we’ve been building experiences that build character to empower kids through a lifetime of new challenges and continuous personal growth. During that time, we’ve experienced some of our own personal growth and development as an organization, ensuring we show up stronger for future generations of kids. We invite you to take a journey with us through the last 25 years of our growth story.

25 Years of Impact

February 26, 1998


On Feb. 26, 1998, “Richmond First Tee” was incorporated as a non-profit organization, laying the groundwork for the development of First Tee facilities in the greater Richmond area.

August 16, 2000

First Tee Chesterfield Opens

First Tee Chesterfield opened its golf course in Chesterfield County, the First Tee Chesterfield Golf Course at Iron Bridge Park, becoming the nation’s 20th programming location.

May 4, 2003

Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range Opens

President George H.W. Bush commemorates the opening of the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range, marking the 100th location of the First Tee.

May 16, 2006

Annika Visits Chesterfield

Annika Sorenstam headlines the fourth annual Golf Clinic and Exhibition at The First Tee Chesterfield Golf Course.

August 2009

School Program Launches Locally

First Tee School Program Launches Locally with 10 Chesterfield County Elementary Schools and 10 Richmond City Schools

August 2010

Partnership Formed with VCU

VCU and First Tee – Greater Richmond create a partnership to make the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range the Home of the VCU Men’s Golf Team.

July 8, 2012

Broach Wins at Pebble Beach

First Tee – Greater Richmond participant Tyler Broach Pairs with Mark McNulty to Win the Pro-Junior Competition at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

March 2013

Woo Named National Finalist

First Tee – Greater Richmond participant Brittany Woo is Named First Tee Most Outstanding Participant Finalist.

June 2013

Community Partnership Program Begins

First Tee Community Program Launched – FTGR Has Over 60 Community Partners Today

June 26, 2015

Inaugural Par 3 Championship

First Tee – Greater Richmond hosts the inaugural National Par 3 Championship at Kanawha Club.

Oct. 25, 2017

Elson Redmond Renovation

The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range reopens after a $1.2 million renovation, highlighting the partnership between the City of Richmond, VCU, and First Tee.

Nov. 1, 2018

Tattersall Dedicated

The First Tee Chesterfield Golf Course is re-dedicated as The Tattersall Youth Development Center in recognition of the Tattersall Family’s contributions to the Richmond community.

April 27, 2021

Nicole Chang Earns ACE

Nicole Chang became the first ACE-certified participant in chapter history, earning the accolade from First Tee headquarters.

May 20, 2021

Belmont Reopens

Belmont reopens to national and local acclaim after a renovation and reimagination from Love Golf Design.

First Tee and Belmont would earn the VSGA’s “Grow the Game” Award in December 2021 as a result.

Oct. 18, 2022

River City Collegiate Classic

First Tee – Greater Richmond co-hosts the inaugural River City Collegiate Classic, showcasing seven HBCUs across a two-day golf tournament at The Country Club of Virginia and Belmont.

Dec. 2022

Continuing Our Mission

First Tee – Greater Richmond impacts the lives of nearly 75,000 area youth through its three platforms: First Tee Programs, School Program, and Community Partnership Program.