Operation 36 x First Tee — Upstate South Carolina is Taking Off!

Written by Zach Pretzer, Tournament Director

Operation 36 is a developmental golf program designed to guide a beginner from playing their first round, to shooting par or better for 9 holes. The way I like to explain it is learning golf from the green backwards instead of from the tee box forward. When you starting using the program, you begin from 25 yards and the goal is to shoot 36 from that yardage over 9 holes (4 shots per hole). If you pass you move back to 50 yards, then 100 yards, and so on. Then if you make it all the way back to the tee box and shoot 36 then you are able to shoot par in golf.

However, Operation 36 is way more than playing and going through the divisions. The mobile app has many different features to assist you as you train in golf and they have many resources to help you along the way. You can also earn points within the app and we have gotten creative in 2024 within our First Tee Community.

New Monthly Challenges

Throughout the entire month of February and for the following months, we host what we call Monthly Challenges. In these challenges, you get points for logging practice time, rounds, or even watching golf on TV. The points are logged in the mobile app and tallied on a leaderboard, with the Top 3 point-getters receiving gift cards to our very own online store front. Check out our online storefront on the “Store” tab on our website!

The February challenge has concluded and the March challenge is under way and we have nearly doubled the participation in the first seven days of the new challenge. One of the best parts of our partnership with Operation 36 is seeing the success stories in this great program. Our February monthly challenge winner, who is a participant of ours and was a part of our 2024 Winter Workshop had an awesome story to tell while playing and logging his points. During the month he traveled out to Pinehurst to play rounds of golf and was able to log all of his practice and play. Before his trip in our Winter Workshop session, we had an activity focused on goal setting using S.M.A.R.T goals. His next goal in golf was to make a birdie and he used that in his activity. Within the next week, he achieved his goal and made a birdie out at Pinehurst on a par 3 and it all culminated with him winning the monthly challenge!

We love hearing about these success stories within the Operation 36 program and hope this software is increasingly used by the public and especially used by our First Tee participants!

Click the button below to register for Operation 36 within our First Tee — Upstate South Carolina community and you will receive emails about the challenges, play-days upcoming, and other news within the program! Registration is free!