As we approach this year’s celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016, we wanted to take a moment to thank all our military members for their service and support of our country. We believe that the sport of golf provides an outlet for activity and competition for many of these soldiers and vets, and offers a way to assimilate individuals back into their communities. In honor of this year’s Armed Forces Day, this article discusses a few partnerships between veterans, active service military, and golf.
Veteran and Military Discounts
Most golf courses, American Golf and otherwise, offer veteran and military discounts on tee times and—sometimes—food and beverage. Some resorts even offer “Patriot Packages” that include lodging + golf. We recommend always double-checking with the specific course before you arrive, and oftentimes your military ID is required for confirmation.
Wounded Warrior Project
One of the largest non-profits to host golf tournaments benefiting veterans, The Wounded Warriors project purpose is threefold: “To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; To help injured service members aid and assist each other; To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.”
Throughout the year, the Wounded Warrior Project is hosting golf tournaments and events to help fundraise for their organization. To search upcoming events, click here. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, click here.
Military Golf Courses
Many military installations have their own golf courses through their Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Program. These courses are open to personnel play, tournaments and events, Pro Shops, driving ranges, classes and private lessons – all for affordable prices. You can find a base here.
PGA Reach for Military & Veterans
PGA Reach is the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, and their Military Pillar is dedicated to offering golf as a therapeutic rehabilitation tool for military veterans. In conjunction with PGA Hope, a year-round golf program is offered for military vets, and local PGA sections and professionals partner with VA hospitals military installations to introduce golf to patients, veterans, and their families. For more information on this, click here.
Golf Academy of America – Veterans Assistance
If you are active duty or retired from the military and are interested in a career in golf, The Golf Academy of America offers several programs in its golf business school that can help you begin or further your career. Named a Military Friendly School in 2016 and included on the Military Advanced Education’s list of Top Colleges and Universities, more information on their programs can be found here.
The Salute Military Golf Association
With the mission to utilize golf to support the mental and physical rehabilitation programs of post-9/11 wounded and injured warriors, the SMGA help teach the game and improve the skills of returning wounded veterans, and serve their families as well through a year-round schedule of events and social activities. More information can be found here.