We have a strong First Tee program because we believe in golf and its future.
We believe children are the future of golf, and we are committed to sharing the great of golf with them through the Eagle Ranch Golf Club First Tee program.
The First Tee of Eagle County. First rate program for tomorrow’s golfers. Today.
First tee is an outstanding entree to golf for our youth, with its mission:
To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
We are excited to announce that our 2016 Junior Golf Information is available and registration is open. CLICK HERE to download the information packet.
The First Tee of Eagle County Junior Golf Camps:
Eagle Ranch Golf Club will again be offering our Par and Birdie camps similar to the last several years. Camps will focus on golf skills, life skills and other games and fitness activities to engage the kids and encourage safety, fun and learning in a golf setting.
Par Camps $75 – are designed for kids who are just getting into golf and don’t have much on course experience.
Birdie Camps $99 – are designed for kids who have both golf and on course experience. Coaches from previous years, let their students know when they are qualified for the Birdie Camp.
Section 1 (Early Summer):
Monday’s Birdie Camp – 8am to 10am on 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, & 7/11
Monday’s Par Camp (Ages 6 to 9) – 10am to 11am on 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, & 7/11
Monday’s Par Camp (Ages 10 to 13) – 11am to 12pm on 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, & 7/11
Wednesday’s Birdie Camp – 8am to 10am on 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, & 6/29
Wednesday’s Par Camp (Ages 10 to 13) – 10am to 11am on 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, & 6/29
Wednesday’s Par Camp (Ages 6 to 9) – 11am to 12pm on 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, & 6/29
Section 2 (Late Summer):
Monday’s Birdie Camp – 8am to 10am on 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, & 8/15
Monday’s Par Camp (Ages 10 to 13) – 10am to 11am on 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, & 8/15
Monday’s Par Camp (Ages 6 to 9) – 11am to 12pm on 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, & 8/15
Wednesday’s Birdie Camp – 8am to 10am on 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, & 8/17
Wednesday’s Par Camp (Ages 6 to 9) – 10am to 11am on 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, & 8/17
Wednesday’s Par Camp (Ages 10 to 13) – 11am to 12pm on 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, & 8/17
Section 3 (Fall – after school):
Monday’s Birdie Camp – 3:30pm to 5:30pm on 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, & 9/26
Wednesday’s Par Camp (Ages 6 to 9) – 3:30pm to 4:30pm on 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, & 9/28
Wednesday’s Par Camp (Ages 10 to 13) – 4:30pm to 5:30pm on 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, & 9/28
2016 First Tee Girls Night Out Schedule
Girls Night Out $99 – is a junior camp for GIRLS ONLY, of all abilities. This camp will teach the kids the different aspects of the golf swing, rules, etiquette, and some on course time.
Wednesday (Ages 10 to 17) – 5:00pm to 7:00pm on 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, & 7/13
Please visit www.thefirstteeofeaglecounty.com to see schedules and register.
PGA Junior League (formerly known as The First Tee Players League):
For the last nine years, the First Tee of Eagle County has offered a Monday afternoon Player’s League. This was a program that offered junior golfers the opportunity to be on a team coached by golf professional and to play some of the beautiful courses in our valley. The PGA Golf Professionals in Eagle County, who have administered The First Tee Player’s League in the past, recently met and decided to transition to the PGA Junior League.
In 2011, the PGA of America launched a national program called PGA Junior League. The concept was to create something like baseball’s Little League, but for golf. This program has seen tremendous growth throughout the country and in Colorado.
Many of the parameters are the same. Junior golfers, ages 13 and under, will participate on a team of 10-12 players, receive weekly instruction from a PGA Golf Professional and will have the opportunity to play other courses in weekly matches here in Eagle County. The price has been set at $175.00 per child, same as last year.
We believe that the changes in format will help us to create a positive, encouraging, and more inclusive experience. The nine-hole format will now be scored in a scramble format. Eight kids travel as a team where then two kids from our team will play against two kids from the other team on each hole. They earn a point for each hole that they win. Every three holes, players have the option to sub in a teammate. Those who are waiting to play their three holes are coaching, encouraging, reading putts, tending the flagstick, etc. The parents and coaches stay on the cart path and are mostly quiet, only there if the need arises.
Matches will be on Monday afternoons throughout June and July. The nine-hole matches will usually take about 2 ½ – 3 hours to complete. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to each event. The event schedule and start times will be finalized after team registration is complete in late May. The first events are planned to start on
Our teams will have a one-hour practice each week on Thursday afternoons. Each practice will be coached and instructed by an Eagle Ranch Golf Professional and the kids will have the option of playing 9 holes after practice. The PGA Coach will pair the kids into groups and check on their progress during their round.
Finally, we want to encourage a strong level of commitment and participation from our players and parents. To make this program successful, we all need to be able to field full teams for each event. Parents are needed to help supervise a group during competitions as they players from each team will be spread between 4 or 5 foursomes. Parents are encouraged to participate as spectators (from the cart path).
There is an opportunity for some of the kids to move on to compete at a larger regional level and even potentially play in a National Championship. We see the benefits of this new program to be that more kids will be able to participate each week and believe the format of the competition will be more fun.
For more information or to register, go to: www.pgajlg.com.
For a 30 sec commercial spot: https://vimeo.com/139583208
For a 10 min parental informational video: https://vimeo.com/154789845
To register for the Eagle Ranch PGA Junior League team:
The deadline to register is May 15.
The First Tee of Eagle County Tournament Player’s Series:
Since PGA Junior League is only for junior golfers aged 13 and younger (9 years is the recommended youngest age, but exceptions can be made for skilled younger players). Our group felt that we still need to offer something for our older junior golfers. We plan to call this The First Tee Tournament Player’s Series. These events will be open to junior golfers, ages 11-17 and you can sign up for each tournament individually through the First Tee Denver Chapter web site or better yet, by calling the host course golf shop. These will be more competitive individual play tournaments intended for junior golfers who can score and walk 9 holes and keep up playing their own ball. These tournaments will be completely separate from the PGA Junior League. Here is the schedule:
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, June 21st Red Sky Golf Club
Tuesday, June 28th Cordillera Short Course
Tuesday, July 12th Vail Golf Club
Tuesday, July 26th Gypsum Creek Golf Course
Format: Individual 9 hole stroke play – Walking – No Riding Carts
Age Groups: Boys and Girls Divisions
11-13 years (course length: 2500-2750 yards – boys and girls)
14-17 years (3000-3250 yards – boys, 2500-2750 – girls)
Entry fee: $20
- Groups of three players when possible for speed of play
- Volunteer / Parent chaperone with each group
- Awards – Trophies for top 3 players in each division
- Maximum stroke rule of 10 per hole