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201 4th Street SE
Room 150
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2525
Fax: 507-328-2535

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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The First Tee of Rochester

Mission Statement: To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf. 

  The First Tee’s Nine Core Values: 
Honesty     Integrity     Sportsmanship     Respect
Confidence     Responsibility     Perseverance
Courtesy     Judgment

Life Skills & Nine Healthy Habits
The First Tee Life Skills Experience promotes character development to enhance personal and social growth. Along with The Life Skills experience The First Tee also promotes healthy living through The Nine Healthy Habits, which are in three categories;
Physical Health
  • Play-regular physical activity
  •  Energy-proper diet and nutrition
  • Safety-safe practices and physical recovery
Emotional Health
  • Mind-emotional and psychological well being
  •  Family- contribute to healthy home
  • Vision-preparing for the future
Social Health
  • Friends-maintaining healthy relationships
  • School-obtaining knowledge
  • Community-participate in extended social opportunities

National School Program
  • The National School Program has been growing every year since 2004. It is in over 3,400 schools, 350 school districts across the country and has impacted more than 1.6 million elementary students. 
  • Program Focus: Safety, Character education, motor skill development and concept learning, developmental approach to teaching and learning, motor skills, and the Nine Core Values in each lesson.
  • The First Tee of Rochester has introduced the National School Program to the first school in the Rochester area in 2011, Lincoln Choice K-8. Over 300 kids have been exposed to this program. In 2013, NSP will reach out to thirteen schools in the Rochester area and will expose up to 4000 kids to the program.  Those schools are: Byron Elementary, Central Intermediate,Folwell, Lincoln Choice, Jefferson, Washington, St. Francis,St. Pius, St. Johns, Holy Spirit, Gage, John Adams and Bamber Valley.

Target Outreach with The First Tee                                                                                                                       
Have fun with The First Tee Target Outreach Saturdays: May 10th, at Northern Hills, May 17th at Hadley Creeek, and May 24th at Soldiers Field. Learn Golf through The First Tee, incorporating life enhancing values. Bring your family and your pals, between 1pm-3pm on these dates and see what The First Tee Rochester has to offer to you- through our FREE Target Outreach Saturdays.

Session Ia June 9th-13th   8:00-10:00 PLAYer  ages 7-10
Session IIa June 9th-13th   10:30-12:30 PLAYer ages 11-15
Session IIIa June 9th-13th   1:00-3:00 Par I ages 8-15
Session IVa June 16th-20th   8:00-10:00 Par I ages 8-15
Session Va June 16th-20th   10:30-12:30 Par II ages 8-15
Session VIa  June 16th-20th   1:00-2:00 WEE-TEE ages 4-6
Session VIIa  June 23rd-27th   8:00-10:00
PLAYer All ages 

JULY & AUGUST                      
Session Ib July 7th-11th   8:00-10:00 PLAYer ages 7-10
Session IIb July 7th-11th   10:30-12:30 Par I ages 8-10
Session IIIb July 14th-18th   8:00-10:00 Par ages II 8-10
Session IVb July 14th-18th   10:30-11:30 WEE-TEE ages 4-6
Session Vb July 21st-25th   8:00-10:00 PLAYer all ages
Session VIb July 21st-25th   10:30-12:30 Par I all ages
Session VIIb July 28th-Aug. 1st   8:00-10:00 Par II all ages
Session VIIIb July 28th- Aug. 1st   10:30-12:30
Birdie ages 11-17
Session Ixb Aug. 4th-8th   8:00-10:00 PLAYer all ages
Session Xb Aug. 4th 8th   10:30-12:30
Par I all ages

Class Registration: Register In person, by mail or New ****Register Online**** (online registration ends the one week prior to each class) Online registration begins Feb. 15th, 2014

  All participants new to The First Tee, regardless of golf skill must start with the PLAYer level. 
  •    PLAYer  Ages 7-17.
  •    Par I-Ages 8-17: must be PLAYer certified .
  •    Par II-Ages 11-17: must be Par I certified
  •    Birdie- Ages 11-17; must be Par certified.
  •    Eagle- Ages 14-17; must be Birdie certified.
Participant Cost
  • Individual - $40.00 per session,  (yearly max $80.00) Financial assistance is available, just inquire.
  • Family -(2 or more children) $ 80.00 per session, (yearly max of $120.00 per family).
  • Wee Level -$25.00  

Information about The First Tee Rochester is available at the Park and Recreation Department office at 201 4th Street SE (City Hall) or after April 1st at Hadley Creek Golf Learning Center at 2427 Hadley Valley Road NE.  For more information contact Bill Watson @ office phone 529-4119, or email

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2447 Hadley Valley Rd NE
Rochester, MN  55906

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