Central Coast Junior Golf, Inc. organized as a 501©(3) not-for-profit organization in September of 1999 and began doing business as The First Tee Central Coast in October 2002. The organization was created to become a The First Tee Chapter and bring the Life Skills Experience to communities in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
The First Tee organization provides affordable access to golf and strives to instill in young people ages 7 to 17 life enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, and respect. The idea is to offer opportunities for improvement in the quality of life and create a platform where children can make good and healthy choices to increase their potential for success.
The World Golf Foundation recognized the need for this type of educational youth organization when The First Tee was announced in November 1997. Since it’s inception, The First Tee has had the active support of five of the world’s leading golf organizations – the United States Golf Association, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA of America, and Augusta National Golf Club. Additionally, The First Tee has garnered the unprecedented support of the golf industry including cities and counties that have donated land for the purpose of creating The First Tee golf-learning facilities.
The First Tee Central Coast has a bright and exciting future. The impact of The First Tee is assured because of the extraordinary commitment of the Chapter volunteers and staff combined with the local businesses and political leaders in each community who have embraced The First Tee.
The First Tee Central Coast currently operates programming at twelve locations. Paso Robles Golf Club, Santa Barbara Golf Club, Tee Time Practice Center in Carpinteria, Santa Maria Country Club, Marshallia Ranch & La Purisima Golf Courses in Lompoc, Morro Bay Golf Course, Laguna Lakes in San Luis Obispo, Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos and Blacklake & Monarch Dunes Golf Resorts in Nipomo.
The First Tee Central Coast Is currently serving 30,000 young people in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties with the National Schools Program at Goleta Union School District, Santa Barbara USD, Orcutt USD, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria USD, Guadalupe SD, Hope SD, Lucia Mar SD, San Luis Coastal SD and Santa Ynez SD with a total of 47 schools.