When it comes to supporting our deserving veterans, few companies are as exemplary as TaylorMade Golf and the American Lake Veterans’ Golf Course. TaylorMade offers exceptional discounts for veterans and their families, and American Lake is the only golf course in the United States that is specifically designed for veterans. The AtTheTee.com team is committed to supporting and recognizing our veterans, which was the driving force behind publishing this blog post on golf and the troops.
According to TaylorMade’s website, they “recognize the important role the military, veterans, and their families play in our nation. As one of the nation’s largest private employers of veterans and those on active duty, we value military experience. To remember and honor these veterans in a special way, we teamed up with a nonprofit organization called Operation Game On, which is a program for returning soldiers who are severely physically or mentally injured and going through rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego. We believe our service [men] and women have one of the most difficult and important jobs in the world. In an ongoing effort to recognize the service and sacrifice of our military personnel and their families, we support organizations nationwide that are working hard to create opportunities and provide services for the military community.”
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TaylorMade also offers a 25% “military discount off [their] entire purchase for active duty, retirees, veterans, military spouses, [and] military family members. You will see your discount reflected while shopping on any of [their] four sites (www.taylormadegolf.com, www.adidasgolf.com, www.ashworthgolf.com, [and] www.adamsgolf.com) after verifying your eligibility with ID.me.”
Operation Game On
Operation Game On is also dedicated to helping veterans, and does so by giving “returning combat-injured troops suffering from physical and mental disabilities a very special custom intro-to-golf package.” This bundle includes “golf lessons by certified PGA Golf Instructors,” a “professional fitting session with PGA qualified staff at TaylorMade’s ‘The Kingdom,’” “golf equipment, including a brand new full set of TaylorMade clubs and golf bag,” “golf apparel, including Adidas golf shoes and headwear,” and “access to San Diego country courses at special discounted rates.”
Operation Game On’s mission is to expose veterans to golf, which “is good for the mind and the body. It allows them to compete, laugh, relax, focus, and challenge their muscles outside of regular PT. It gives them hope of a clearer future after their tragic injuries and experiences of war.” Operation Game On’s “goal is to reach out to our troops and their families to show them the honor they deserve through an introduction to the game of golf, [which] helps build self esteem and confidence [while teaching] determination.” There is also a Wives of Warriors (WOW) program available, which seeks to introduce wives of combat-injured troops to the joys of golf.
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TaylorMade’s “The Kingdom” at Reynolds Plantation is a “state-of-the-art clubfitting facility [that offers a] complete and comprehensive one-on-one with a TaylorMade Master Clubfitter. Every TaylorMade Master Clubfitter has spent a myriad of hours honing their craft to achieve ‘Master’ status by fitting equipment for [a] global staff of TaylorMade and Adams Golf Tour professionals, PGA professionals, NCAA Division 1 golf team players and top-level amateurs. TaylorMade Master Clubfitters are trained to leave no stone unturned during the process of determining the precise equipment specifications that give you maximum distance and accuracy.”
The AtTheTee.com team urges you to donate to Operation Game On, which “is actively seeking individual and corporate sponsors to join [them] as [they] help combat-injured troops and their families.” Individual sponsors can donate any amount of money online or play in a charity golf tournament, and corporate sponsors can donate their company’s time or services and help raise money for Operation Game On at their place of business. “At the end of the day, knowing our heroes and their families benefited greatly is a very rewarding feeling. We are giving them a game that will get them out there [so they can enjoy] a somewhat normal life again. With your help, it’s GAME ON!”
American Lake Veterans' Golf Course
9600 Veterans Drive
Lakewood, WA 98493
P: (253) 583-1058 or (253) 583-1057
Located in Lakewood, Washington, The American Lake Veterans' Golf Course is the only 100% Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible golf course in the country and is completely dedicated “to providing, teaching, and promoting the benefits of golf to veterans. VA Puget Sound Health Care System has a population of inpatient and outpatient veterans that have disabilities. The American Lake Veterans Golf Course is committed to providing a therapeutic environment where accommodation is welcome and all golfers can enjoy the benefits of golf, such as exercise and relaxation in a positive and accepting social environment. With these benefits it is our vision that through golf, veterans will increase their independence and improve their attitudes toward health and thus, their lives will be enriched.”
The Clubhouse at the American Lake Veterans' Golf Course
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According to the course’s website, the following individuals are authorized to play at the American Lake Veterans’ Golf Course:
- Hospital inpatients [and their] family [and] guests,
- Persons in possession of a Veterans Universal Access Identification Card [and their] family [and] guests,
- VA employees and retired VA employees [and their] family [and] guests [with proper identification],
- VA volunteers with proper identification [and their] family [and] guests,
- Active duty and retired military with military ID cards [and their] family [and] guests,
- Guests seven years of age and older when accompanied by their sponsors, [and]
- Three guests are allowed for each authorized player; [these guests] must be accompanied by their sponsor while on the course.
The American Lake Veterans’ Golf Club was established in 1956 in hopes of “promot[ing] and encourag[ing] all veterans and volunteers to join [their] club and become a member to interact and meet other veterans/volunteers…club members will have the opportunity to learn the game of golf and rules, improve their game, and make new friends [and] all members are invited to participate in the monthly club tournaments and any other events.”
The Club is a member of both the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA), and “club membership and tournament fees support many veteran services and programs such as patient services for American Lake Veterans’ Hospital, Serenity Angels (a program for homeless children of veterans), the veterans’ visually impaired rehab golf program (referred to as ‘tee-totalers’), and other causes.” Additionally, the Club has established a Memorial Brick Program “where memorial bricks are made available to and for purchase by family or friends, to honor deceased veterans, as well as recognize volunteers and others who have served. These bricks are located on the first tee box on our golf course.”
According to the Friends of American Lake Veterans’ Golf Course website, the course hopes to raise $3.5 million via in-kind donations, government capital support, and private contributions. “By becoming a Friend of American Lake Veterans’ Golf Course, you can personally make a difference in the lives of our service members and veterans with disabilities. Time, talent, and resources are all needed…pledges, endowments, grants, and gifts of stock or appreciated assets are all possible.” If you would like to donate, please mail your contribution to:
Friends of American Lake Veterans' Golf Course
P.O. Box 99608
Tacoma, WA 98496
You can also donate online via credit card or PayPal. For more information, call (253) 589-1998 or email email@example.com. Friends of American Lake Veterans’ Golf Course is a non-profit organization, and donation receipts will be sent to you in the mail.
American Lake Veterans' Golf Course is the only golf course in the country that is specifically designed for the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled veterans. Learn more here.
Friends of American Lake Veterans' Golf Course seeks to raise money for the American Lake Veterans' Golf Course and other veteran-related charities. You can learn more by visiting this link.