About Us

We enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.

First Tee – Lake County is currently located at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Indiana. Lost Marsh is a 330-acre championship golf course, youth golf academy, beautiful nature preserve, and a spectacular lake designed through the creative ingenuity of the largest voluntary environmental remediation program in Indiana. Besides the stunning greens and magnificent fairways, this year-round recreation and conservation area caters to outdoor enthusiasts with biking and nature trails, fishing, and bird watching. Lost Marsh is one of Chicagoland’s most complete golfing facilities and is conveniently located 25 minutes from downtown Chicago. Golfers at Lost Marsh can choose from the 18-hole championship course, a fun-filled 9-hole youth course for future pros, a first-rate 300-yard outdoor driving range, or a heated indoor hitting and putting area to improve your skills. What makes Lost Marsh really unique is the presence of the Hammond Youth Golf Academy, a charter member of the prestigious The First Tee program.  The first classes were held in the soccer field of the local YMCA during the summer of 1999 when construction was started on the Lost Marsh Environmental and Recreational facility.  The City of Hammond worked together with the USGA and the First Tee to give its youth a top notch learning facility.

Children ages 4 to 17 can join First Tee – Lake County for a one time fee for each session. A session is defined as a set of golf lessons. This fee goes towards various programming costs such as events and advertising and also allows members to utilize the golf courses, Learning Center, and enters them into the First Tee Like Sills Program; paying for their Life Skills materials. First Tee – Lake County currently works with several other youth serving organizations in the community, including The Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, and the YWCA.

For more details about our facility and programs, please contact our offices at (219) 228-2528 or e-mail us at [email protected]

How To Give

To make a donation to First Tee – Lake County click the Donate Now button or use one of the options listed below.
First Tee – Lake County is very grateful of the support that we continue to receive, but there is still much to be accomplished. No donation is too small! If you wish to support the continued success of the program, and would like to make a donation, please call Tiffani Tyler-English at (219) 228-2528, or e-mail [email protected].

Donations may also be mailed to:

First Tee – Lake County
901 129th Street
Hammond, Indiana 46320