The First Tee of the Triad Spring Registration Opens on Valentine’s Day; Two New Learning Centers Now Open

GREENSBORO, N.C. – It’s been less than a month since snow covered the ground in the Piedmont Triad, but with some spring-like weather already a somewhat regular occurrence, it won’t be long before golf balls fly through the Triad air every day, and that means it’s time to register for The First Tee of the Triad’s spring programming. Registration for all spring programming opens on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, the chapter announced today. The First Tee of the Triad is the local chapter of the international movement to teach children life skills through golf.

The First Tee of the Triad is proud to open new learning centers at Gillespie Park in Greensboro and Winston Lake in Winston-Salem. Students will have access to learning center classes focusing on golf skills, the rules of golf, ACT college readiness assessment test preparatory sessions and health habits. In addition, for the third year, both Winston Lake and Gillespie Park will offer girls-only classes on Saturdays starting this month. A complete list of spring programs and an informative parent manual are both available at
“Spring is always an exciting time for us because after all our winter planning, our staff is eager to get started on a new year teaching kids life skills through golf,” The First Tee of the Triad CEO Mike Barber said. “We’re looking forward to seeing our new learning centers in action, and I think we’ve planned some excellent programming for 2017; we can’t wait to get started. With 17 locations throughout our region, we are now more accessible than ever, and we hope to fill all of our spring classes so we can help as many kids as possible – that’s why we love what we do at The First Tee of the Triad.”

Spring classes begin the week of March 27 at The First Tee of the Triad locations throughout the Piedmont Triad; weekday classes begin at 4:30 and end at 6 p.m. Classes run eight weeks, but a ninth week could be added if necessary for weather-related make-ups. Eagle classes will last 10 weeks. After-school programming is $75 for the session, and scholarships are available.

All participants, new or returning, are required to register for classes in order to guarantee their spaces. Information on registration and scholarships for all classes is available at Simply click on “registration” to get started; scholarships can be requested during the online registration process. To register for the Danville, Va., programs, please visit

About The First Tee of the Triad:
The First Tee of the Triad is currently operating at 17 facilities throughout the Piedmont Triad, central North Carolina and southern Virginia. Its programming is offered at Bryan Park in Browns Summit, Country Club of Salisbury, DHA-Jones Crossing in Danville, Va., Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro, Grandover Resort in Greensboro, Goodyear Golf Course in Danville, Va., Greensboro National Golf Club in Summerfield, Indian Valley Golf Course in Burlington, Iron Play Par 3 Links in Summerfield, Jamestown Park Golf Course, Oak Hollow Golf Course in High Point, Rick Murphy Golf Academy in Greensboro, Ringgold Golf Course in Ringgold, Va., Statesville Country Club, Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, Winding Creek Golf Course in Thomasville and Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem. The First Tee of the Triad is one of 180 chapters operating some 1,000 golf programming locations in all 50 states and four foreign countries with more than 10 million participants. More than 7,000 elementary schools participate in The First Tee National School Program. For additional information, please visit

About The First Tee:
The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.” The goal of The First Tee is to provide the golf-learning facilities and the experience that will enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values for life and which can be played for a lifetime. Founded by the World Golf Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The program is overseen and has the active support of committee members representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman; he succeeds his father, former president George H.W. Bush, who served as the The First Tee’s Honorary Chairman since the organization’s inception in 1997 and now serves as the Honorary Chair Emeritus.