Honesty – The quality or state of being truthful, not deceptive. Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves.
Integrity – The strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; it is personal honesty and independence. Golf is a game of honesty, etiquette and composure. You are responsible for your actions and personal conduct on the golf course.
Sportsmanship – Observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace. You must know and abide by the Rules of Golf and be able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner.
Respect – to feel or show deferential regard for others. In golf, it is important to show respect for yourself, your partners, your opponents and the golf course, as well as for the honor and traditions of the game.
Confidence – Reliance or trust: it is a feeling of self-assurance. Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that you achieve. You must have confidence in your abilities each time you play golf.
Responsibility – Accounting for one’s actions and being dependable. In golf, you are responsible for yourself and your actions on the golf course. It is up to you to keep score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green and keep up with the pace of play.
Perseverance – to persist in an area, purpose or task despite obstacles. To succeed in golf, you must learn to persevere through bad breaks and your mistakes.
Courtesy – Considerate behavior towards others. It is a polite remark or gesture. A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Show courtesy toward others by remaining still and quiet while they prepare and execute a shot.
Judgement – the ability to make a decision or form an opinion. It is a decision reached after consideration. Using good Judgement is critical in golf. It comes into play when deciding on strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance.
These values, taught through golf play, are delivered with the goal of helping young people become more productive at school and at home – and more socially conscious citizens in their local communities as they grow.
To reinforce the character-building instruction presented through the Life Skills experience, each hole on The First Tee of Phoenix course is named for one of the Nine Core Values.