Our Vision
The First Tee of Lakeland opened May 1, 2005, with the help of our friends, local businesses, foundations and the golfing community. We transformed the once popular local icon “The Publix Par 3 Golf Course” into the YMCA Par 3 golf facility which is a branch of the YMCA of West Central Florida Association.
Course architect Steve Smyers and his team remodeled the existing 18-hole course into a new 9-hole course with a lighted driving range and practice greens. The new layout proudly became home to The First Tee of Lakeland. We would like to thank our friends and local businesses for their continued support.
The YMCA Par 3 – First Tee of Lakeland facility is a place where youth can participate in golf classes, do homework after school, and attend holiday camps. By working with schools and other agencies dedicated to helping youth, we believe that our programs can play a significant role in helping boys and girls assume meaningful, rewarding, and responsible positions in society.

The facility is open to the public for players of all ages.
Interested in joining? Please click the link to download a Membership application. A Financial Assistance application is available in the “Obligation” section of our webpage. Please call 863-577-0236 with questions and our Member Service Representatives will help you along the way.