The First Tee of South Dakota at Hart Ranch

We’re excited to announce that The First Tee of South Dakota is coming to Hart Ranch GC! If you’re not familiar with The First Tee, we thought we’d give you a little history and some facts about this fast-growing organization that helps kids realize their full potential on and off the golf course. Be sure to check out our First Tee Facebook Page for updates and information as we continue to expand the program at Hart Ranch GC.


The First Tee’s mission is to grow the game of golf by transforming the experience that kids (and families) have with the sport. Through programs in over 10,000 elementary schools, 1,200 golf courses and 1,300 youth centers, The First Tee positively impacts kid’s lives through golf and education. The program is based around nine core values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgement. Click here to find more information about the First Tee’s core values that are incorporated throughout the program.

If you watch golf on TV, you’ve probably heard about The First Tee. Many leaders in the golf industry are involved and volunteer, including PGA and LPGA Professionals, PGA and LPGA Tour Players, past PGA Tour Commissioners and former President George W. Bush.


Established in 1997 as a partnership between the LPGA, The Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the USGA, The First Tee asked “Why don’t more kids play golf?” The aim was to bring junior golf to communities that didn’t have programs, and the leaders soon realized that kids were learning far more than just how to chip and putt; they were learning valuable life lessons that would help them throughout school and beyond.

In 2004, The First Tee’s National School Program was founded, which brought golf to gym classes throughout the U.S. The program has expanded rapidly and has grown to reach millions of kids and teens.


We’re looking forward to establishing a partnership with this fantastic organization. As of now, things are still in the works, but there will be a First Tee Junior Golf Camp during the summer at Hart Ranch. Stay tuned as we iron out more details throughout the year. We can’t wait to get started!