The First Tee teaches life lessons through golf

The First Tee teaches life lessons through golf

At the Eagle Lake golf course in Plymouth, kids are learning the basics of golf along with life lessons.

One coach asks, “Can you chip with a driver? Will it go next to the hole? The answer is there is no wrong club to chip with today. What we’re doing is exploring all the options,” he tells the kids.

The coach, along with more than 30 others, came to the Three Rivers Parks golf course to learn about teaching healthy habits, integrity and honesty as well as golf in a program called The First Tee.

The First Tee’s executive director at the Eagle Lake course, Troy Nygaard, says golf is one of the few sports where you keep your own score and you are your own referee. And the lessons of The First Tee go beyond that.

“How to respect others, how to respect the golf course. Learning etiquette that you use in life,” says Nygaard. “One of the things we do when we start a class is teach the kids how to look somebody in the eye, shake their hand, say their name and be confident in themselves.”

This summer, there are still openings for kids in the Eagle Lake course First Tee program. You can find out more at

12 News Staff, reporting

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