The First Tee at Fairchild Wheeler

fall REGISTRATION OPENs Monday, august 21st

Registration for the Fall 2017 Session : 

Registration for the Fall 2017 Session will be as follows:

Monday August 21st – PEE WEE & PLAYer at 6:00PM

Monday August 21st – PAR at 6:30PM 

Monday August 21st – BIRDIE AND EAGLE LEVEL at 7:00PM                                        

2017 Fall Weekly Schedule (click here) available now!!!

2017 Fall Session Schedule (CLICK HERE)


New participants must create a Participant Registration Profile. Click on the New Participants link below and follow the steps. Creating a Profile will allow you to register your child/children all at one time.


Returning Participants may register for Classes by clicking on the Link below. (If you have not created a Participant Registration Profile, you will not be able to register for class.)

NOTE: When you select an option above, you will leave this website and be redirected to the secure SPORTNGIN registration website.  

About Us


In January of 2003, The First Tee at Fairchild Wheeler was formed by a partnership of The First Tee of Metropolitan New York and The First Tee of Connecticut in an effort to bring the game of golf to thousands of young people from the schools, churches, and community groups in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stratford, and other cities throughout Fairfield County.  Students participate in a seven-week program that consists of driving range and classroom instruction from PGA Professionals.  Along with their first exposure to the fundamentals of golf, students also learn about The First Tee’s “Nine Core Values” that are associated with the game and which The First Tee includes as part of its formal junior golf instruction program.

Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course is a 36-hole facility with two 18-hole courses, The Red and The Black course.  The terrain ranges from flat to hilly with creeks flowing throughout the entire layout, which makes play challenging and scenic.  There are three practice greens, a 24-stall driving range, and a bunker/chipping area.  The junior program has a newly renovated classroom space where indoor instruction, mentor meetings, and general gatherings are held.  The juniors also have access to 6 private stalls sectioned off on the range as well as their own personal artificial putting green steps away from the junior clubhouse.

A list of community groups and schools that have taken advantage of The First Tee experience at Fairchild Wheeler are:

GE Golf Buddies
  • Bridgeport YMCA
  • Cardinal Shehan Center
  • McGiveny Center
  • Trumbull Gardens
  • Wakeman-Smilow Burroughs
Community Centers
  • Jewish Community Centers
  • Ralphola Taylor Center
  • SEPTA Special Needs Group
  • Shelton Boys & Girls Club
  • Wakeman Boys & Girls Club
  • Domus Foundation
Lighthouse Program
  • Barnum School
  • Batalla School
  • Beardsley School
  • Blackham School
  • Blackrock School
  • Bryant School
  • Cesar Batalla School
  • Dunbar School
  • Geraldine Johnson School
  • John Winthrop School
  • Johnson School
  • Luis Marin School
  • Longfellow School
  • Madison School
  • Marin School
  • Read School
  • Roosevelt School
  • Tisdale School

Click on the corresponding program for more information about each:

  • Target
  • Par
  • Birdie
  • Eagle
  • Ace

Students begin at The First Tee in the Target Level and then progress through the PLAYer, Par, Birdie, and Eagle Levels.  This past year, the Ace Level was created with an emphasis on leadership, community service, game improvement, and career planning.

At The First Tee at Fairchild Wheeler in Bridgeport, young people are taught not only how to play the game of golf, but also to respect themselves, their peers, and their environment.  The First Tee Life Skills experience is the unique feature that separates The First Tee from many other youth initiatives and junior golf programs.