The First Tee of San Juan County, NM became an official The First Tee Chapter in December of 2001. Through the protection of the San Juan College Foundation’s 501(c)3 status, The First Tee of San Juan County, NM was the first Chapter in New Mexico to gain Chapter status and the second in New Mexico to begin programming. Since beginning its programming in 2005, The First Tee of San Juan County, NM has expanded its curriculum to include in-school programs (spring and fall), the National School Program (currently in 11 elementary schools), after-school programs (spring and fall) and summer programs for youth ages 6-18 years. Through TARGET programming in the schools and life-skills programming in the summer and after-school settings, our programs are reaching over 8,000 youth per year in the Four Corners community.
In 2010, The First Tee of San Juan County, NM was transferred from San Juan College to the San Juan County Government. In addition, the San Juan County Life Skills Foundation was accepted by the IRS as a 501(c)3.
The First Tee of San Juan County, NM has the main chapter operating at Riverview Golf Course, in Kirtland, NM (owned by the San Juan County Government). In 2011 and 2012 programming locations opened through the City of Farmington at Pinon Hills Golf Course and Civitan Golf Course, in Aztec at Aztec Municipal Golf Course, and through the City of Cortez (Colorado) at Conquistador Golf Course. The programs offered, teach the life-skills curriculum as the youth progress through the different levels (PLAYer, Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace). These Life-skills have been designed around The First Tee’s Nine Core Values™ and Nine Healthy Habits.TM
The focus (of the staff) at The First Tee of San Juan County, NM is on empowering the youth of our community to learn and apply life skills which will aid them in their future both on and off the golf course. The curriculum is taught in a fun and safe learning environment that introduces a lifelong physical activity and encourages the participants to make better choices, set goals, self manage in all areas of their lives. In doing so, we strive to bring together youth from all areas of San Juan County without bias to gender, race or socio-economic background. With fee structures currently ranging from no cost to $75, our programs are introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to all youth between the ages of 6 and 18 years.
Life Skills Program
The First Tee Life Skills Experience™ is what separates The First Tee from other junior golf and youth development programs. Through the Life Skills Program, participants learn valuable lessons that are easily transferable from the golf course to everyday life such as: interpersonal communication, decision making, setting personal standards, goal setting and achievement, conflict resolution, physical and mental wellness, respecting others, appreciating diversity, and preparing for the future…as well as other lessons incorporating the Nine Core Values.