Minneapolis Junior Golf Academies & Leagues
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers affordable and accessible programs at all of our golf courses with a strong emphasis on serving area youth of all races and economic backgrounds who may not have access or exposure to the game of golf.
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Minneapolis First Tee Junior Golf Academies
Minneapolis Junior Golf Academies offer extensive golf skill instruction and a low teacher-to-student ratio. All Minneapolis junior golf academies are provided by PGA Pros through the First Tee of Minneapolis, a
national program that serves area youth by teaching nine core values inherent in the game of golf, and incorporating those values into the instructional program.
Honesty • Integrity • Sportsmanship • Respect • Confidence• Responsibility • Perseverance • Courtesy • Judgment
The World Golf Foundation has designated the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as an official First Tee Chapter.
The First Tee Certification process is designed to move juniors through progressive programs of golf and life development skills. Each Certification Level has minimum requirements of golf instruction, playing time, and oral and written practical tests that will increase their knowledge of golf and life development skills.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers the following First Tee lessons and clinics:
- Little Chippers: Ages 5-7
Students learn proper stance, grip, basic fundamentals of the golf swing using irons and woods, and proper putting techniques.
- Par level: Ages 8 & older
Beginners and youth with some golf experience will learn proper stance, grip, basic fundamentals of the golf swing using irons and woods, proper putting techniques, and First Tee Life Skills instruction.
- Birdie level: Ages 10 & older
Students who have achieved Par Level certification will learn advanced golf instruction, including course management. Life skill instruction including goal setting, goal ladders, and proper nutrition also included.
- Eagle level: Ages 12 & older
Students who have achieved Birdie Level certification are introduced to the rules of the game, receive video swing analysis, advanced First Tee Life Skill instruction including individual health and wellness assessment, preparing them for more competitive high school golf.
- LPGA USGA: Girls only ages 12-18
Girls who want to play golf for fun with friends or family, or compete at the high school, college, local, state or national level will learn to play golf, build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment. Students will learn proper stance, grip, putting, chipping, half and full swing with irons and full swing with woods. View Girls Golf Video
Programs are offered at Columbia Learning Center and Hiawatha Learning Center. Offerings vary by learning center. All necessary golf equipment is provided, and participants do not need to be City of Minneapolis residents to participate.
Two Ways to Register for Junior Golf Academies
1. Register and pay in full at any of our seven golf courses.
2. Click the button below to select your preferred golf course to register online.
The First Tee Card
All participants graduating through the initial Certification Level (Par) will receive a First Tee Card that entitles the holder to discounted rates at each of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Golf Facilities and Learning Centers. Please call each golf facility for reservations and First Tee Card Rules and Time Restrictions.
Students that successfully complete the First Tee Program receive their First Tee Card and:
- Discounted junior golf rates
- Free golf club rentals
- Discounted golf balls at our three learning centers
- Discounted green fees at other area golf courses (Three Rivers Park District, St. Paul, Blaine Youth Sports Center) for students that receive their First Tee Card
First Tee Scholarships
Full or partial junior academy scholarships are offered to those who cannot afford the registration fee. Contact your neighborhood Recreation Center for details.
First Tee Volunteers, Contributions, and Donations
As a local chapter of The First Tee, we rely heavily on volunteers, financial contributions and in kind donations to support our clinics and professional golf instruction and services for youth. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation or contribution to the Minneapolis First Tee Program, visit the First Tee of Minneapolis website or contact Mike Hinton, First Tee Director, at 612-423-1304. All donations and contributions are tax-deductible.
Minneapolis Junior Golf Leagues
The MPRB offers Junior Golf Leagues for area youth 7-17 years of age, and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, exercise, enjoy the outdoors and learn a game that lasts a lifetime. Leagues are non-competitive and intended for the sole purpose of enjoyment. Juniors are offered a guaranteed weekly tee time at substantially discounted rates.
Minneapolis Junior Golf Leagues Locations:
- Columbia Golf Club
- Gross National Golf Club
- Hiawatha Golf Club
- Meadowbrook Golf Club
- Wirth Golf Club
Please Note: Junior Golf Leagues do not offer golf instruction. Participants should have received some form of instruction prior to joining the league. Supervision is provided on the courses, but our leagues are designed for playing, not teaching.
All City Junior Golf Championship Tournament - August 18-19, 2014
Kids from all of the city golf courses are invited to play in the First Tee All City Junior Golf Championship! Trophies and prizes will be given to boys and girls in each age division. Each division will play two days.
First Tee Family Tees & Weekend Specials
Play the First Tee Family Tees at any of our five 18-hole golf courses. Mom and dad can tee off from the regular tees while juniors ages 17 and younger can play a shorter hole within the regulation hole.
After 3pm on Saturday and Sundays, juniors 17 and under play free with each paid adult. Additional juniors playing with mom and dad pay only the First Tee rate of $10. It doesn't get much better than that - so bring the entire family out!