COVID-19 InformationInformation and Updates for Community Members

Contact Information

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

Department Contacts


 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.


Golf for Par/Birdie participants will be on Thursday mornings.

T-times will be available starting July 9th at 9:30.

You must call the Golf Shop to reserve a spot.507-529-4119

All First Tee formal Sessions are Canceled

 If you have already registered a full refund will be issued to your credit card. We ask for your patience as we have numerous refunds to issue.

You will receive an emailed receipt with the refund.

Concerns or questions? Email me at

Thanks, Stay Safe

Watty Watson


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,  concept learning, developmental approach to teaching and learning, motor skills, and the Nine Core Values in each lesson.
  • The First Tee of Rochester introduced the National School Program to the first school in the Rochester area in 2011, Lincoln Choice K-8. Over 300 kids were introduced to this program. In 2013, NSP expanded to thirteen schools in the Rochester area and 4000+ kids participated in 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.
  • New schools for 2015 are: Pinewood, Longfellow, and Riverside.



           Individual - $70.00 first session,  $30 each additional session      

           Family -(2 or more children)  $70 per session per participant, yearly maximum of $210 

           Wee Level -$30.00

           Scholarships are available, inquire at Hadley Creek



  All participants new to The First Tee, regardless of golf skill must start with the PLAYer level. 
  •    PLAYer 1, 2, 3  Ages 7-17.
  •    Par I-Ages 9-17: must be PLAYer certified .
  •    Par II-Ages 9-17: must be Par I certified
  •    Par III-Ages 10-17: must be Par II certified
  •    Birdie- Ages 11-17; must be Par certified.
  •    Eagle- Ages 14-17; must be Birdie certified.






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.Phone 507-529-4119  For more information contact W.W.(Watty) Watson- email: