Eric Kulinna joined The First Tee of 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 Coach with The First Tee. 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 The First Tee to coach at the national Life Skills & Leadership Academy on three occasions.
Learn the basics
Get comfortable for business golf
Avoid embarrassment on the first tee
Connect with golfers of similar age
Have more fun on the course
Connect with golfers of similar skill
Add 10 yards
Prepare for Tournament Golf
Earn a college golf scholarship
Improve your Short Game
Make the high school golf team
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 the First Tee of Pittsburgh. As the home of the First Tee of Pittsburgh since 2001, all facility revenue benefits the chapter’s mission of creating “Good Golfers, Better People.” 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
The First Tee of 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 the First Tee of Pittsburgh was the largest in the Tri-State PGA Section 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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