The First Tee Lesson Program


2017 PGA Dakota Chapter Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award Winner!
The Moccasin Creek PGA team is the receipient of the 2016 Minnesota PGA Youth Development Leader Award!
Moccasin Creek has been honored as the 2015 Amundson Family Best Junior Golf Program awarded by the South Dakota Jr Golf Foundation!

Welcome to Junior Golf Aberdeen

Moccasin Creek CC & Lee Park GC are proud to be flagship affiliates of The First Tee of South Dakota. Open to any interested junior, you do not have to be a member of any golf course to participate! The First Tee, a worldwide initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission to "impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf".

Sports have been traditional vehicles for teaching life lessons, but today, sport at its highest levels is played in an atmosphere where we have a preponderance of athletes who deny they have responsibility to be role models, let alone idols to the young.

There is, however, a sport that not only continues to teach positive life lessons, but also depends on an adherence to them for its very existence. That sport, of course, is golf.

It is a game where there are no officials to call a breach of the rules. It is a game where only the individual participants know if the score he or she hands in is the score that was actually shot. It is a game with a rich history and timeless traditions that invites respect for the old and wonderment of the new. Most of all, golf is fun. The game is never solved, perfection is never achieved; there is always the opportunity for improvement and success. It is also a game where the raw beginner can play a competition match with the most seasoned expert. It is a game where youngsters can delight in playing with each other and it is a game suited to the young and old playing together.

Our goal is to provide golf learning facilities and the experiences 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.

The First Tee Life Skills Experience

Through the Life Skills Experience, participants learn valuable lessons about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude, how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences and how to define and set goals from the golf course to everyday life. Participants learn about themselves and others through a range of experiences enhancing their golf skills as well as their fundamental values for life.

All participants receive The First Tee Yardage Books so their progress can be observed as they advance through The First Tee certification levels of PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE, EAGLE, and ACE. Each stage introduces young people to different aspects of golf and life skills.

Our program starts with the first level of certification, PLAYer. We want everyone who completes this program to have acquired basic golf skills and to be able to demonstrate certain fundamental life skill concepts. It takes most juniors at least two sessions to become certified at each level, but some do it after one. Juniors are not required to go through certification to participate but we certainly encourage it.

More information can be found in the "Parents' Guide to The First Tee", and juniors will be asked to demonstrate life skills outside of the golf course with parent involvement. You can learn more about The First Tee Life Skills Experience here or our chapter website at You can also check our Junior Progressive Golf System Scorecard!

No young person shall be turned away from The First Tee programs because of inability to pay! Contact Dean Zahn for more on financial assistance. All juniors are welcome regardless of who they are or where they are from. Juniors do not have to be a member of any golf course to participate. ALL ARE WELCOME!


COST: $60 / CHILD | LITTLE DUFFERS: $30 / CHILD | Maximum $150 per family


For Juniors age 4 to 7 at Moccasin Creek

A fun and safe introduction to golf using The First Tee Target program.

Times: 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
May 23 & 30, June 6, 13, 20 (Saturdays)

PLAYer Level Lesson Program

For Ages 7 & older at Moccasin Creek & Lee Park.

Tee it up for the first time and learn the game of golf and the The First Tee's Code of Conduct, Nine Core Values, golf skills and physical Healthy Habits as well as appreciatation of the rules and etiquette of the game.
Within this level are groups for PLAYers Level 1, Level 2 and Girls Only!
Indicate on registration form your session preference.

Moccasin Creek Session 1 ~ 8:30 to 10:00
Moccasin Creek Session 2 ~ 10:15 to 11:45

May 28 (Thursdays)
June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Thursdays)
July 2 & 9 (Thursdays)


Lee Park Session 1 ~ 8:30 to 10:00
Lee Park Session 2 ~ 10:15-11:45

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Mondays)
July 6 & 13 (Mondays)


PAR Level Lesson Program

(PLAYer certified; recommended 9 & older)
at Moccasin Creek

PLAYer Level graduates or possess more mature life skills and can be beginner to advanced players. Focuses on interpersonal communications and self-management skills, golf skills, and Healthy Habits on and off the golf course.
Within this level there is a Girls Only group! Indicate on the registration form your session preference.

Time: 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
May 28 (Thursdays)
June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Thursdays)
July 2 & 9 (Thursdays)

BIRDIE Level Lesson Program

(Par certified; recommended age 11 & older)
at Moccasin Creek

Par Level graduates. Emphasizes setting goals and making them a reality, advanced golf skills, and Healthy Habits.

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
May 28 (Thursdays)
June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Thursdays)
July 2 & 9 (Thursdays)

EAGLE Level Lesson Program

(Birdie certified; recommended age 13 & older)
at Moccasin Creek

Builds on PLAYer, Par and Birdie Levels and emphasizes resilience skills, conflict resolution, planning for the future, advanced golf skills, and Healthy Habits.

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
May 27 (Wednesdays)
June 3, 10, 17, 24 (Wednesdays)
July 1 & 8 (Wednesday)


Become a sponsor of The First Tee in the Aberdeen area. We have five levels of support that goes directly to helping our area kids.
Make a pledge commitment and fill out our pledge form!
DO YOU HAVE ONE HOUR? You can also volunteer to give back to our community & impact the youth! You can view more information here or at Careers.

ACE LEVEL ($2500+)

The Members of
Moccasin Creek

In Memory of
Mr. Dean Shortridge

Mr. Dean Zahn

EAGLE LEVEL ($1000 - $2499)

Mr. & Mrs.
Ken & Camille Wolff

Mr. Pat Rohl

Dean Shortridge
Day Events

In Memory of
Mr. Steve Pelzl

BIRDIE LEVEL ($500 - $999)

Moccasin Creek
Memorial Invitational

In Memory of Mr.
R. Lee Ginsbach

Healthcare Plus Federal Credit Union Logo

PAR LEVEL ($100 - $499)

The Members of
Lee Park Golf Course

Mrs. Carmen Meyer

Mr. Jim Stephenson

Mr. George Dell

Mr. & Mrs.
Heath & Stacy Johnson

Dr. & Mrs.
Jim & Jeanne Olson

Mr. Steve Pelzl

Mr. Tim Kessler

Mr. Marwin Hofer

Ms. Susan Mehlhaff

Mr. & Mrs.
Scott & Laura Isaak

Mr. & Mrs.
Robert & Donna Masters

4th of July
Baggers Couples

Mrs. Kim Pelzl

In Memory of Tom Guhin

PLAYer LEVEL ($10 - $99)

Mr. Troy Stewart

Mr. Ron Stotz

Mr. Dennis Bale