Thank you for your interest in Player Development Program through The Valley Golf Academy and the First Tee of South Puget Sound.  The goal of this comprehensive program is to build upon the skills our athletes have already acquired through the Player and Par levels of the First Tee Program.  Our instructional staff will emphasize golf fundamentals and advanced concepts integrating technology in order to take the players golf game to the next level.  Please find a brief description of the program options below.  Please email Russ Olsen russ@thevalleygolfacademy.com with questions.


Junior Skills Development  Series: 

As a supplement to the Birdie Level of First Tee the Skill Development curriculum focuses on core fundamentals that provides a foundation for playing 9 holes of golf.  Areas of focus will include stance, posture, foundation swing techniques, short game enhancement, and on course instruction. 

Goals:  Be able to shoot below 63 for nine holes, hit 50% of greens from 55 to 75 yards, average below 3.5 putts per hole for nine holes.

What is offered:  One 45  minute lesson for six weeks, one small range bucket each day for practice, access to special events and 30% discounts on merchandise throughout the season.  Students can practice and schedule lessons at either Tumwater Valley (Tumwater) or Mint Valley (Longview) golf courses.  Students receive discounted rates on private lessons.  All instructors are First Tee Certified.  Maximum of 10 students per class.

Price-$150.00 per six week session (pick one day per week per session).  

Session 1 (2020)

April 17-May 29  (Fridays from 4:00-4:45) or

April 19-May 31  (Sundays from 2:00-2:45)

Session 2 (2020)

June 26-August 7 (Fridays from 4:00-4:45) or

June 28-August 9 (Sundays from 1:00-1:45)

Session 3 (2020) 

September 18-October 30  (Fridays from 4:00-4:45) or

September 20-November 1 (Sundays from 1:00-1:45)             


High School Prep Series:

As a supplement to the Eagle Level of the First Tee Program the High School Prep Program curriculum focuses on enhancement of the core fundamentals developed at the Player, Par, and Birdie Levels and provides the foundations for playing 18 holes and being competitive at the high school level.  Focus will be on rules, strategies for competitive play, specialty shots, and scoring.

Goals:  Be able to shoot below 100 for 18 holes, hit 50 % of greens from 80 to 100 yards, hit 50 % of fairways (shots 160-190 yards), average below 2.5 putts per hole for 18 holes.

What is offered:  One-hour group lesson per week, one large bucket each day for practice.  Access to special events and 30% discounts on merchandise throughout the season.  Students can practice and schedule lessons at either Tumwater Valley (Tumwater) or Mint Valley (Longview) golf courses.  Students receive discounted rates on private lessons.   All instructors are First Tee Certified.

Price-$175.00 per six week session (pick one day per week per session). 
Session 1 (2020)
April 17-May 29  (Fridays from 5:00-6:00) or
April 19-May 31  Sundays from 3:15-4:15
Session 2 (2020)
June 26-August 7 (Fridays from 5:00-6:00) or
June 28-August 9 (Sundays from 2:15-3:15
Session 3 (2020) 
September 18-October 30  (Fridays from 5:00-6:00) or
September 20-November 1 (Sundays from 2:15-3:15)   


To register please complete the form below.  Once your form has been reviewed a payment link will be emailed to you.