Ace certification is the highest level a participant can achieve within The First Tee global network of chapters and the designation is a great addition to any young person’s HS or collegiate resume.  Upon completion of the PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle levels of The First Tee, participants become eligible to work towards this final step in the program.  The Ace program focuses on personal planning and the reinforcement of skills such as self-management, goal setting, self-coaching, interpersonal communication and resilience that were introduced in earlier levels of the program.  Using these skills, participants become Ace-certified by completing four projects (Community Service, Career, College, and Golf) that will help them build a foundation towards higher education and a future career.  Our intention is to help each of you become Ace-certified as soon as possible.


Two Different Levels of Ace

Ace programming is broken into two categories – Ace, and Ace+ in TFTGD.

Ace is the highest level of certifying programming offered in The First Tee. The requirements to reach this level are that participants are at least 14 years of age, shooting 110 or less in 18 hole tournaments, and completion of Eagle certification.

Ace+ is the competitive, highest level of our local TFT program.  It is reserved for participants that have not only completed all other levels of the program, but that also play golf competitively and have a USGA Handicap of 12 or less and/or average a score of less than 85 for 18 holes in competitive play.

Differences in Level Programming

Ace programming has a heavy Ace curriculum emphasis, with practice option to work on golf skills during the time with other Ace participants. To see the schedule for this program, please click here.

Ace+ programming is mainly high-level competitive golf focused with some Ace curriculum involvement. To see the schedule for this program, please contact Katie Harris.

How does my child qualify for Ace+ programming?

The progression from Ace to Ace+ is based on a nomination process. If you believe your child is (1) the right age, (2) has completed Eagle level certification, and (3) has the scores and tournament play to qualify, please contact Katie Harris at kharris@thefirstteedallas.org to discuss involvement.


Regular Ace programming is offered every other week on Wednesday evenings during active seasons, and may expand to Saturday offerings during the summer if there is demand. The cost for Ace programming is $10.

Ace+ programming has a yearly membership cost of $100, plus monthly program costs if attended. Cost per program is between $15-25, depending on cost of program access fees to course and lunch.


Lastly, Ace-certified participants receive an extremely significant points boost towards their TFTGD College Scholarship Application (to be completed during HS senior and college years).  Last year’s top recipient was awarded $10,000 and more than $100,000 was awarded in total!


For more questions about the Ace program offerings, please contact Katie Harris at kharris@thefirstteedallas.org