The First Tee of Essex County
at Weequahic Park Golf Course

Weequahic Park Golf Course is also home to The First Tee of Essex County, a youth development program that teaches children ages 7-17 positive values through the game of golf. This great program has a dedicated practice area for program participants adjacent to the golf course. For more information click on link below that will connect you to The First Tee of Essex County webpage:

Please click here for  the First Tee/Essex County Website

Please click here for a printable information about The First Tee

Please click here for First Tee Events

Programs & Instruction

Target is the most basic Life Skill (LS) level and serves as the introduction to the game of golf. All new groups begin at Target. There is no certification process to advance from Target to Par, and no prior golf experience is necessary.
PLAYer introduces participants how to play the game of golf with special emphasis on learning the basics of golf and The First Tee Code of Conduct.  All individual sign ups begin at PLAYer. PLAYers learn to appreciate the rules and etiquette of the game and being to develop their game in golf and in life. Certification in PLAYer is required to advance to Par.
The Par level emphasizes interpersonal communication and self-management skills. Students continue to work on their swing, grip, and stance as well as learning how to introduce themselves, the meaning of respect, and finding their “personal par”. Certification in Par is required to advance to Birdie.
All Birdie students must be Par certified. Birdie focuses exclusively on goal setting and how to go about achieving both long term and short term goals. Golf skills include: course management, advanced etiquette, and advanced swing/putting skills. Certification in Birdie is required to advance to Eagle.
All Eagle students must be Birdie certified. Eagle focuses on wellness and health for the mind and body as well as conflict resolution, diversity, and explores the various jobs in the golf industry. Golf skills include: playing competitively, effective practice strategies, and how to self-correct, and accuracy.
All Ace participants must be Eagle certified. Ace focuses on personal planning, reinforces interpersonal communication, self-management, goal-setting, self-coaching, and resistance skills. Ace encourages giving back to the community and the pursuit of higher educational opportunities. All while providing the student the support structure to flourish and excel in their lives after high school not only in golf but academically and socially as well.

Golf Course News

New or Renewal of Golf ID Cards
Available @
Hendricks Field Golf Course
Frances Byrne Golf Course
Weequahic Golf Course
Mon-Friday from 8:30 to 4:00

Saturday 8:00 to 12:00

Tee Times click here!

or call 973-450-0707


Essex County Open Championship

Amateur Champion-William Canon
Senior Champion-Richard Timbrell