Player Development Academy

The goal of First Tee – Greater Richmond’s Player Development Academy is to shoot even par on 9 holes. By working from green to tee-box versus the traditional tee-box to green, it lowers the challenge point and is a motivating way to learn and progress in the sport. As players progress through the academy, coaches will issue participants a series of goals and objectives that are not only educational but provide a long term road map for success.

The Player Development Academy Program

This program serves as a supplement to the Life Skills Experience Classes for players seeking additional playing opportunities. All participants must be enrolled in The First Tee’s Life Skills Experience classes prior to enrolling in the Player Development Academy.


2022 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SCHEDULES

Spring 2022 PDA Classes will be held at The Tattersall Youth Development Center on Wednesdays (March 23 – May 18) from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. First Tee Matches (formerly Op36 matches) will be held on Saturdays (April 2, April 16, April 30 and May 14) at The Tattersall, beginning at 3 p.m. ET each Saturday.

Summer 2022 PDA Classes will be held at The Tattersall Youth Development Center on Wednesdays (June 22 – Aug. 10) from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. First Tee Matches (formerly Op36 matches) will be held on Saturdays (July 2, July 16, July 30, Aug. 13) at The Tattersall, beginning at 4 p.m. ET each Saturday.


Pricing & Financial Aid

Player Development Academy: $80 | First Tee Matches (previously Op36) at The Tattersall: $80 for 4; $24 per match

A founding purpose of First Tee is to make golf more accessible to all youth, particularly young people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to learn and play the game. Our policy is to provide access to programs regardless of a participant’s ability to play. Our financial aid program is funded by generous donors. Parents/guardians may apply for financial aid as part of the online registration process. Once you have applied for financial aid through the online registration, you will receive an email notification and can then complete the registration.

  • ​We cannot offer any ​prorated pricing for ​the ​Life Skills Experience Classes or Summer Camps.
  • Refunds ​will be subject to a $​15​.00 administrative fee.
  • Participants receiving financial aid are ​expected to have attendance records in good standing to ​remain eligible for future aid.

For further information, please contact Brittany Woo: [email protected]


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Division I

Starts golfers 25 yards from the hole with the goal to shoot even par on 9-holes. Introduction to basic golf skills through skill driven games and drills. Minimum age 7. 

Division II

Continued goal to shoot even par on 9-holes while starting golfers 50 yards from the hole. Learn appropriate golf rules and etiquette while further developing golf skills. Must complete Division I.

Division III

Continued goal to shoot even par on 9-holes while starting golfers 100 yards from the hole.  Emphasis on rules of play and course management strategies. Must complete Division II.

Division IV

Continued goal to shoot even par on 9-holes while starting golfers 150 yards from the hole. Focus on goal setting while continuing to emphasize rules and etiquette, course management strategies, and golf skills. Must complete Division III.

Division V

Continued goal to shoot even par on 9-holes while starting golfers 200 yards from the hole. Prioritize goal setting, course management strategies, and conflict resolution while advancing golf skills and knowledge.  Must complete Division IV.

Division VI

Continued goal to shoot even par on 9-holes while starting golfers from the full tee box.  Assess all golf rules and etiquette, golf skills, course management strategies, goal setting, and conflict resolution while perfecting technique. Must complete Division V.