Eric Kulinna joined First Tee - Pittsburgh in March 2019 as the Director of Golf and Player Development at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course in Schenley Park. He is a member of the PGA of America, and also a recognized First Tee Coach. A native of Pittsburgh, Eric graduated from Baldwin High School, and played on the Men’s Golf team at Penn State University. His passion for coaching was ignited when he taught golf classes at the University of Illinois, while completing his Master’s degree in Kinesiology. Eric has worked at both private and public golf facilities in Illinois, Michigan and Arizona, and won the 2015 Southwest PGA Section Player Development award for the instructional programs he created and lead at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler, AZ. He has also been selected by First Tee to coach at the national Life Skills & Leadership Academy on three occasions.
Learn the basics
Avoid embarrassment on the first tee
Get comfortable for business golf
Connect with golfers of similar age
Connect with golfers of similar skill
Have more fun on the course
Add 10 yards
Improve your Short Game
Prepare for Tournament Golf
Make the high school golf team
Earn a college golf scholarship
Get swing diagnostic testing
Playing with disabilities
In 1897, a 9-hole course was laid out in Schenley Park, and the first golfers began roaming the scenic, rolling hills nestled between the Oakland and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. As the popularity of golf grew in Pittsburgh, an 18-hole course was constructed in 1903. The walking only 4,620-yard par 67 golf course remains virtually unchanged since it debuted, and is open daily throughout the year, weather permitting, with seasonal hours. The Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park was named in honor of the former mayor who helped spearhead the creation of First Tee - Pittsburgh. As the home of First Tee - Pittsburgh since 2001, all facility revenue benefits the chapter’s mission of "building gam changers." Pittsburgh area residents have enjoyed a fun, challenging golf experience at “The Bob” for over a century, and we invite you to play the only course within the city limits.
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5370 Schenley Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1180
First Tee - Pittsburgh offers programming for youth ages 5-18, with a focus on developing character and life skills, and promoting healthy habits, through the game of golf.
The PGA Junior League program offered by First Tee - Pittsburgh won the Tri-State PGA Section "Gamechanger" award in 2019, and offers both 13U (Ages 7-13) and 17U (Ages 14-17) leagues.
Operation 36 is a developmental program designed for beginning and returning golfers of all ages and abilities. Players receive golf instruction in small groups, and have supervised on course play.
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