Category Archives: National Golf

Swinging Like a Professional Golfer is Now Possible with the World’s First Biokinetic Golf Sleeve from CTRL

Grapevine, TX, October 27, 2020 –(PR.com)– CTRL, proprietors of the first-ever biokinetic golf sleeve, announced today that their patent-pending CTRL Sleeve is officially launching and available to reserve on Indiegogo.com/projects/ctrl-hyper-personalized-golf-training-tool.

CTRL began in 2017 with a couple of sketches on a napkin at lunch between its founders. They sketched out a prototype for a device that could accurately measure a human arm’s movement in real-time and then set out to make it a passion project.

From an idea to reality, CTRL is now ready to serve its purpose. By perfecting the art of sports training through superior tools that use biometrics to learn how an athlete’s body uniquely performs, a personalized training experience has been created.

This innovation has allowed golfers to learn how to swing their own best swing. CTRL gives players 100% customized training that teaches them how to replicate their best swing every single time. Because no one swings the same, CTRL allows golfers to swing to their best ability without conforming to a “universal” swing.

By eliminating the complex metrics that confuse a golfer, CTRL takes the guesswork out of improving your swing. CTRL does not provide complicated metrics that require a coach’s interpretation. Instead, it collects metrics and evaluates the data using a powerful algorithm to provide customized feedback a golfer would obtain from a swing coach. Golfers will improve because they are given the solution to their swing, not the problem.

CTRL is easy to understand and use, with only a few inputs from the user required to train the sleeve and no inputs between taking swings and receiving feedback. A mobile application allows the user to set goals and track their progress. Set up is much faster and portable with the sleeve than the competition, which often requires over ten minutes. While the sleeve can be trained to a user’s current good swing by itself, integration with a coach can help the user get to their best swing even faster.

Ryan Johnson, a professional golfer who is aiming to be on the PGA Tour, says that the CTRL Sleeve is a “fantastic, brilliant concept” and because “everyone has a different swing,” golfers can “maximize their potential” by practicing feels in their swing that allow them to swing their best every time.

Katie Calderon, who is currently ranked #3 in the World of the Women’s Xtreme Long Drive Tour, says that the CTRL Sleeve is “by far the best training aid” she has ever used and that she now “understands her swing better” than she ever has.

For more information, visit CTRL’s website at ctrl.golf.

Ship Sticks Announces Partnership with Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

West Palm Beach, FL,–Ship Sticks, a specialty service for shipping golf clubs and luggage, has entered into a strategic partnership with Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home of the iconic Teeth of the Dog course and the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences. Ship Sticks’ partnership with the world-class destination will allow guests of the resort to experience hassle-free travel with every visit.

By shipping golf clubs and luggage ahead, Ship Sticks greatly reduces travel concerns, eliminates the need to lug bulky golf travel bags through airports, wasting time at airport check-in lines or baggage claims, paying baggage fees for oversized or heavy items, and preventing loss or damage due to handling.

Ship Sticks will be offered through a white-label microsite directly available to Casa de Campo’s resort guests. In addition, the services may be arranged on-site at the property through the concierge and guest services teams.

“We are thrilled to begin working with a world-class golf destination like Casa de Campo,” says Nicholas Coleman, CEO of Ship Sticks. “Our service allows for stress-free, easy travel as our customers know their clubs and luggage will be secure and waiting for them upon arrival as well as having one less concern when returning home from a vacation to long savor.”

“We are continually seeking ways to enrich the total resort experience for our guests, and our partnership with Ship Sticks allows for stress-free travel even before arrival here in paradise,” says Jason Kycek, senior vice-president of sales and marketing at Casa de Campo. “Ship Sticks is a top-notch, innovative company providing a much-needed service, and we’re honored to begin this exciting partnership.”

Casa de Campo is home to a trio of lauded Pete Dye-designed layouts: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, and The Links. Since opening in 1974, Teeth of the Dog is widely recognized as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean. Golf course architecture aficionados call Dye Fore “the most underrated course in the Caribbean.” The Links showcases Dye’s genius for creating thrilling green complexes.

Teeth of the Dog has long been a “bucket list” layout for those seeking to play one of the world’s top 50 golf courses. Dye’s design hallmarks are all present: railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces, and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. “The Heaven 7” oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes, and God created seven.”

Casa de Campo also showcases a world-class Golf Learning Center. Highlighted by Trackman and BODITRAK technology, it features two indoor hitting bays for rapid game improvement, year-round training, individual and group golf lessons and schools, and expert club-fitting and repair. Residing on 21 acres of “pure grass,” the PGA Tour-quality facility also showcases practice greens for honing putting, chipping, and pitching games as well as unlimited use of the pristine outdoor range for full shots. On-course instruction is also available.

About Ship Sticks
Ship Sticks provides a convenient, white-glove, door-to-door shipping service designed to enhance the travel experience for golfers around the world. With an easy-to-use website, customers can get a quote, schedule a shipment, and track their package in real-time. The hassle-free service will pick up your golf clubs and luggage from your residence, business, country club, or hotel and deliver them to your destination. All shipments come with complimentary insurance and a dedicated tracking team that ensures your golf clubs and luggage arrive safely and on-time.

For more information on Ship Sticks, visit www.shipsticks.com

About Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, 7,000-acre Casa de Campo attracts affluent travelers with 63 holes of exceptional golf. The Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, and The Links courses – Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, and Golfweek award winners – are designed by the legendary architect Pete Dye. They are complemented by spacious hotel rooms, suites, and luxury villas. Expertly prepared cuisine from around the world, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, the La Terraza Tennis Center, 245-acre Shooting Club, and Altos de Chavon – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city – are other on-property highlights.

Getting There: La Romana International Airport (LRM) is five minutes from Casa de Campo and serviced by JetBlue (direct flights from New York – JFK three times weekly) and seasonally by American Airlines (non-stop service from Miami). A short drive from the resort, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Punta Cana (PUJ) operate daily direct flights from all major North American airports.

For more information on Casa de Campo Resort & Villas please call 800.877.3643, email golf@ccampo.com.do or visit www.casadecampo.com.do/.

Topgolf Announces Plans to Open Venue in Fort Myers The addition of Fort Myers will bring the total number of popular, tech-driven venues serving the state of Florida to seven

Global sports and entertainment leader Topgolf Entertainment Group announces the latest addition to its 2021 opening line-up with plans to bring its technology-enabled entertainment experience to the Fort Myers community. This highly anticipated venue, expected to open in late 2021, will bring the total number of open venues serving Floridians to seven as Topgolf introduces its unique experience to southwest Florida.

The Topgolf Fort Myers design will be similar to the Topgolf Rogers venue featured in the photo.

The Fort Myers venue will offer the familiar Topgolf experience guests have grown to know and love in an open-air and safe multi-level environment. Guests will enjoy Topgolf’s signature, tech-driven fun with point-scoring games in the outdoor hitting bays, chef-driven menu items, top-shelf drinks, music and year-round programming for all ages in a climate-controlled space. In addition to private event space, this venue will also offer an outdoor patio and rooftop terrace.
“Topgolf has a strong relationship with our Guests throughout the state of Florida and we look forward to introducing our experience to the Fort Myers community,” said Topgolf Chief Executive Officer Dolf Berle. “We are thrilled to be part of the Cypress Lakes development, which will allow us to create memorable moments for so many Guests. The City of Fort Myers and Lee County have been great to work with and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership together.”
Located along the newly named “Topgolf Way” off I-75 behind the Colonial Square Town Center near the new Cypress Lakes development, Topgolf is anticipated to become a must-do destination in Fort Myers.  The new, two-level venue, which is expected to employ more than 300 Associates once open, will feature 72 hitting bays with 11 feet from tee to tee and custom-made bay dividers for extra safety and comfort. Construction efforts are actively underway, with crews breaking ground on the new venue earlier this year.
“Topgolf enhances the desirability of our city’s entertainment offerings, and is a great fit for southwest Florida,” said Saeed Kazemi, P.E., City Manager. “It’s exciting to welcome the brand that revolutionized the sports and entertainment experience.”
As one of the world’s fastest-growing sports and entertainment brands, Topgolf is credited with making the game of golf more inclusive and accessible through its variety of technology-driven experiences. The experience, built on a foundation of fun, community and inclusivity, has created a movement across the globe as the company makes its mark as a leader in the sports and entertainment industry.
Visit the Topgolf Fort Myers location page for the latest updates on progress and anticipated opening date, or follow @Topgolf on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Pure Silk Championship Welcomes PGA Tour Operations Manager

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – March 25, 2021 –Originally from Lawrenceville, GA Steven Wood Graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Sports Management. Wood began work with PGA TOUR in 2010 at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. His work with the PGA TOUR spans 11 years and over 25 events including Web.com TOUR Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship, and the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, VA. Steven will serve as the Director of Tournament Operations for the 2021 tournament at Kingsmill.
Announced this month, the tournament will operate with limited spectators onsite; however, fans of the event are encouraged to play in the Wednesday Pro-Am to experience an exclusive behind the ropes experience.
All Wednesday Pro-Am participants must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to play as administered by the LPGA.
Kingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort is a stunning James River escape featuring spacious accommodations including stand-alone, easy-access, two-story condominium buildings.  Kingsmill is known for its championship golf courses, a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits. There is something for the entire family, with fun choices like diving into the Sports Club pools or the famous Lazy River pool. Discover Warehem’s pond located just a short walk from Kingsmill’s full-service marina where jet ski, pontoon boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals await guests. Retreat with miles of jogging and biking trails. Relax and recharge in the resort’s world-class spa. The championship River and Plantation Courses will help guests ace their game. The 15 courts and two pickleball courts at Kingsmill’s Tennis Club are a haven for the racket set, and just the place to serve up a little fun. And don’t forget to savor a meal or two at one of the resort’s five exquisite dining venues.

Dickey Broadcasting Company and Fairway Social Sign 2021 Partnership Deal

Alpharetta, GA,–Dickey Broadcasting Company is proud to announce a partnership with Fairway Social, a golf and entertainment concept combining golf games and unprecedented experiences under one roof at 240 South Main Street in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Located in The Maxwell, a mixed-use development at the northeast corner of South Main Street and Devore Road in Alpharetta, Georgia, Fairway Social will feature Full Swing golf simulators, an outdoor upscale putting course, known as “The Back Nine,” elevated bar bites, drinks, and a rooftop patio bar named “Over Par Bar” featuring live music every weekend.

As part of the partnership, 680 The Fan’s premiere golf broadcast, The Golf Show with Brian Katrek, will broadcast live from Fairway Social nearly every Sunday morning from 9am-10am and multiple 680AM/93.7FM prime time shows will also broadcast live from the venue throughout the year.

“On behalf of Dickey Broadcasting Company, I’d like to share the excitement surrounding our new partnership with Fairway Social! What a fantastic opportunity for 680 The Fan listeners to enjoy watching their favorite sports talk show hosts broadcasting live on-location, in tandem with experiencing all the ridiculous fun inside and out at Alpharetta’s premier golf themed venue,” said Ed Kennedy, Sr. Director of Local and National Sales.

Neal Freeman, visionary of Fairway Social said, “We are thrilled to include 680 The Fan as an added attraction for Fairway Social. Live broadcasts will provide one more opportunity for sports enthusiasts to come and play, have a bite
to eat and enjoy some friendly competition.” Neal is founder of Sports Community Consultants and LakePoint Sports in Emerson, Georgia.

The Maxwell, home to Fairway Social, is a joint development between Mayfair Street Partners, LLC and The Providence Group of Georgia, LLC. A total of 44,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office at The Maxwell will be complemented with 138 residential units.

“Opening in the first quarter of 2021, Fairway Social, will provide a lively destination for friendly competition for all ages,” said Neal Freeman. “Once inside, guests can travel through the world’s most famous golf courses to enjoy our golf simulators and play on California’s Pebble Beach or Georgia’s Sea Island.” The sports simulators will also offer virtual golfing on 100+ notable courses as well as provide simulated games for baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, cricket and zombie dodgeball.”

Fairway Social Announces Partnership with Professional Golfer, Stewart Cink

Alpharetta, GA,–Fairway Social Alpharetta is pleased to announce that Stewart Cink, on behalf of Cink Charities, Inc., has entered into a partnership for collaborative golf experiences, social media alignment and charitable giving.

“I look forward to Stewart Cink’s involvement with Fairway Social, which will be exciting for us, as well as beneficial to Cink Charities. Fairway Social will be a destination for public and private events, appearances and periodic interviews with Stewart,” said Neal Freeman, founder and visionary of Fairway Social. “Stewart checked all of the boxes for our luminary with the most important being his impeccable integrity. We also love that he lives in Atlanta, graduated from Georgia Tech, won a major (The Open) tournament and is still relevant as evidenced by his win a few weeks ago at the PGA Safeway Open in Napa, California.”

Stewart Cink joined the PGA Tour in 1997. Originally from Florence, Alabama, Stewart decided to stay in the Atlanta area after graduation to raise his family. He has been a long-time resident of Gwinnett County and still lives in Atlanta. Stewart is passionate about helping those in need and participates in many charity golf tournaments across the country. With the help of his wife, Lisa, they created Cink Charities and currently benefit Newborn Intensive Care Unit of the GMC Foundation, Obria Medical Clinics and Gwinnett Breast Center. Fairway Social will be supporting Cink Charities with multiple fundraising events, the most consistent of which will be Give Back Wednesdays, where $2 off every beer and $2 off every round of The Back Nine will go to charity.

Stewart is also passionate about barbequing and has competed in several barbeque competitions. Fairway Social will feature some of “Stew’s Cues” on the menu.

“Lisa and I are pleased with this exciting opportunity to align with the Fairway Social team for providing a new way to play in downtown Alpharetta and help our charity grow. Whenever I get a break from the PGA tour, it will be fun to come home to enjoy the many golf themed experiences at Fairway Social,” said Stewart Cink.

The 11,000 square foot entertainment destination, Fairway Social, will be located within The Maxwell, a mixed-use development at the northeast corner of South Main Street and Devore Road. The Maxwell is a joint development between Mayfair Street Partners, LLC and The Providence Group of Georgia, LLC.

For the latest news on Fairway Social including the opening date, visit their website.

About Mayfair Street Partners
Mayfair Street Partners, LLC (“Mayfair”) was founded on the core beliefs and values of its principals whose mission is built on integrity, performance, and an awareness of balancing “margin and mission” in all of its investments. Mayfair’s investment strategy is based on developing and investing in commercial real estate assets across urban mixed-use retail, limited to full service hotels, multi-family, and land development. The company is a partnership of cycle tested Principals with a combined experience of nearly 90 years. Together, their platform of development experience provides investors with in-depth knowledge of the real estate industry and delivery of consistent returns over the life cycle of each transaction.

About Sports Community Consultants
Sports Community Consultants, LLC (“SCC”) is a real estate consulting firm assisting communities develop family-centric sports destinations that focus on family values and friendly competition. Recent examples include LakePoint Sports Community in Northwest Georgia. Entertainment venues and dining experiences such as LakePoint Station and Fairway Social are changing the way communities are looking at real estate.

Cink It Charities, Inc.
Stewart Cink joined the PGA Tour in 1997after graduating from Georgia Tech and remaining in Atlanta. He is passionate about helping those in need by participating in many charity golf tournaments across the country. With the help of his wife, Lisa, they created Cink Charities and currently benefit the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of the GMC Foundation, Obria Medical Clinics and Gwinnett Breast Center.

Patriot Golf Foundation Aligns with Other Non-Profits to Expand Their Support of Veterans and Military Families

Scottsdale, AZ, October 16, 2020 –(PR.com)– Several non-profits across the country have formed a strategic alliance to provide increased support and exposure to the critical causes that match with their missions. Under the name, Invisible Shield, The Patriot Golf Foundation, Heart of a Lion John Daly – Major Ed Foundation, Uncommon Grit Foundation, and TIU4ALL comprise the founding organizations.

“Invisible Shield is based on the definition of invisible as ‘someone or something that cannot be seen’, and shield as ‘one that protects or defends,’” states Chick Linski, President of the John Daly – Major Ed Foundation and one of the drivers behind this collaborative effort. “The term ‘Invisible Shield’ was coined during a conversation with Darren ‘McB’ McBurnett, US Navy SEAL (Ret.), leader of the Uncommon Grit Foundation. We feel that we are providing the recipients of our missions with a sense of protection from their personal challenges by providing valuable resources, support, and opportunities. Each of the foundations involved want our benefactors to be the focal point of our efforts, not the organizations per se.”

The Patriot Golf Foundation provides both resources and access to the game to military veterans through its national Patriot Golf Schools. According to Ted Simons, Executive Director, “The game of golf has proven to be therapeutic for veterans suffering from PTSD, physical, mental, and emotional challenges as the result of their service. Each golf school includes veterans at no cost to learn, play, and socialize with the sponsors for the day.” Proceeds from the golf schools are shared with qualified foundations that support military veterans and their families.

Heart of a Lion is a new foundation formed by 2-time Major Winner John Daly and Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.). Both John and Major Ed have a long history of giving back to others less fortunate including the Boys & Girls Club, St Jude’s Hospital and several notable foundations and charities supporting our wounded veterans and their families.

Uncommon Grit Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and increase community support for military, first responders, and their families. Darren McBurnett leads Uncommon Grit as an extension of The Bone Frog Open; a golf, entertainment, and social event that honors fallen U.S. Navy SEALs. The Bone Frog Open is about awareness, remembrance, patriotism, camaraderie, and fun and a way to thank our military and first responder men and women for being the ones that run toward danger, not away from it.

TIU4ALL (Tee It Up 4 All) provides resources, access, support, and equipment for adaptive golfers in the U.S. As with all the members of Invisible Shield, TIU4ALL brings “the healing power of golf” to disabled military veterans, first responders, and the general population that will benefit from participating in golf. Access to adaptive equipment, instruction, and tournaments are key elements which benefit from TIU4ALL. In addition, Jon Moore, Director of TIU4ALL, directs the adaptive golf program at the University of Arizona, the first adaptive golf program in collegiate sports.

Future collaborations, events, and opportunities between the foundations will be announced soon.

Media contact:
Jennifer Lyons
Marketing Director
Synergy Group Marketing
jennifer@synergygroupmarketingsbc.com

For information on each of the Invisible Shield organizations and to inquire how to support, please visit:

Patriot Golf Foundation: www.patriotgolffoundation.com

Heart of a Lion John Daly – Major Ed Foundation: www.jdme.org

Uncommon Grit Foundation: www.uncommongritfoundation.org

TIU4ALL: www.tiu4all.org

Clemson Program Appoints Pine Lake Golf Club as Learning Site

Anderson, SC, October 11, 2020 –(PR.com)– Pine Lake Golf Club, in cooperation with Clemson University’s PGA Golf Management program, will represent a learning site for a student research project that focuses on course management and operations as they relate to the golf industry.

Directed by Richard Lucas, staff and students will be conducting surveys and observations related to the existing operations at Pine Lake Golf Club and other courses in the immediate trade area. This data will then be compared to regional data for analysis. The project aims to confirm Pine Lake Golf Club is operating efficiently, while also providing a road map and target goals using proven data from industry specialists. This learning opportunity for students extends beyond the classroom and provides them with introductions to vendors, players, and alumni. The findings from this research will positively impact Pine Lake Golf Club through course preservation practices and sustainable standards for club longevity.

“We’re looking forward to what this relationship will mean for us as a business that focuses on creating a positive experience for Pine Lake Golf Club guests and members, and by combining [our] resources, these findings will be beneficial to other courses in the area,” says Bryan Boggs, co-owner of Pine Lake Golf Club. “We’re going to be collecting data and learning about factors that impact the golf experience like we never have before, and if other businesses can apply this research to their own clubs during such unpredictable times, then, of course, we’re happy to be part of something so impactful.”

This partnership comes at an ideal time for Pine Lake Golf Club, as they just recently appointed a new golf pro, Kurt Vogel, who is also a graduate of Clemson University’s PGA Golf Management program, and will assume the role later this month. Vogel has over twenty-five years of experience managing successful golf & facility operations, holding roles as a golf professional, director of golf, and others. Additionally, this junction between Pine Lake Golf Club and the Clemson University program sets a precedent for privately owned businesses and public universities to continue finding opportunities to connect, paving the way for others to follow. By joining together, these types of entities can build bridges between students and industry professionals, allowing students to get real-world experience in the process.

One of only 18 PGA accredited programs, the PGA Golf Management program in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at Clemson University provides an educational background and fast track program for students who desire to become PGA golf professionals. Students obtain specialized knowledge, skills, and preparation to be leaders in the golf industry. The goal of the PGA golf management curriculum is to provide an academic program that develops well-rounded, service-oriented golf professionals.

About Pine Lake Golf Club: Designed by Russel Breeden, Pine Lake Golf Club is a par 70 course that sits on 150 acres along the banks of Broadway Lake. The course accommodates all skill levels as evidenced by close to 50 years of operation, making it one of the longest operating golf courses in Anderson County. The course is open to the public, but memberships are also available. The clubhouse features a lakefront restaurant – Raines on Broadway – with indoor and outdoor dining areas overlooking the 18th green and the lake. Additionally, you’ll find a pro-shop and a large private room available to rent for meetings and events. The clubhouse setting is ideal for casual dining or conference/event bookings. To stay up to date with tournaments and future plans, follow Pine Lake Golf Club on social media.

Press Representative: Taylor Stephens, Pine Lake Golf Club Media & Marketing
Representative Email: medi@palmettodistillery.com

PGA Professional Corey McAlarney Makes Two Holes-in-One on Same Day

By PGA

The odds of the same person making two holes-in-one on the same day are astronomical.
67-million to 1 to be exact.
And while Edgartown Golf Club PGA Professional Corey McAlarney was just trying to lend a helping hand to his members during the 66th Annual Reading Room Golf Tournament, he ended up pulling off the near impossible.

McAlarney was stationed at the Par-3, 157-yard eighth hole during the event and was available to be used for a mulligan should a member be unhappy with their own attempt.
With a light rain falling and wind gusts of 20-25 miles per hour, the hole played upwards of 190 yards and created quite the challenge for the golfers.
With a 5-iron in hand, McAlarney put on a show. And not only did he make a pair of aces — the third & fourth of his career — he did so within three shots for members.
“I made the first hole and in one and got back to the tee box just as another group was coming up,” McAlarney recalled. “They asked if I had hit any good shots and I told them I just had a hole-in-one. They didn’t really react because I was so nonchalant about it.”
The group didn’t have to wait long to witness a hole-in-one of their own. McAlarney took a shot for a member & landed it on the green just five feet from the pin only to jar his second ace of the day just moments later. In total, the two holes-in-one came just 12 minutes apart.
“Everyone went nuts,” McAlarney said. “I called my GM after the second one and was just laughing. I could hardly tell him what happened. Then I finally said, I just made another one.”

Patriot Golf Day, PGA HOPE and Folds of Honor Come Together over Labor Day Weekend to Serve Military Families

By PGA

Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled Veterans, and PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) will host Patriot Golf Day over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-7.

Beginning this year, the two organizations have joined together to expand and grow annual fundraising efforts for both Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE to better serve the needs of Veterans and their families through the game of golf. PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of the PGA of America’s 501(c)(3) foundation, PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH.

Patriot Golf Day, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and scholarship funds for the families of fallen and wounded Veterans, will take place over Labor Day Weekend to honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes.

“We are so impressed by the outpouring of support that the golf community has consistently shown for Folds of Honor over the last 13 years,” said Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, CEO and Founder of Folds of Honor and a PGA Member. “Working closer with PGA REACH, we can now offer opportunities and service that benefit both our Veterans through PGA HOPE and their families through educational scholarships funded by Folds on Patriot Golf Day. I am very proud to stand with my fellow PGA Professionals and take this next step together with PGA HOPE, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

Patriot Golf Day began as a grassroots fundraising initiative over Labor Day Weekend in 2007, with golfers nationwide encouraged to add an extra dollar to their green fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. Over the last 13 years, the effort has grown to encompass onsite donation boxes, a variety of fundraising events, tournaments and golf marathons led by PGA Professionals and golfers across America, resulting in over 28,000 scholarships to benefit Folds of Honor—in all 50 states and 41 PGA Sections. If you can’t locate a participating course near you, you can still play golf during Patriot Golf Day Weekend and donate at FoldsofHonor.org or Venmo @PariotGolfDay.

PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program includes a developmental six-to-eight-week curriculum, taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. In 2019, PGA HOPE programming impacted 2,500 Veterans nationwide.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the work that PGA Professionals have done through PGA HOPE, utilizing the game of golf as a form of therapy and rehabilitation for Veterans,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “By partnering with Folds of Honor on Patriot Golf Day, we can expand our footprint within the families of those we serve through golf. This partnership is a natural extension of our long-standing mission to support our nation’s heroes.”

The Patriot Golf Day campaign is led by Jack Nicklaus, who annually serves as honorary chair of the event and is also a strong supporter of PGA HOPE. Mr. Nicklaus will continue to stay involved in both causes through this new partnership.

“I never had the privilege to serve our great nation, but I am passionate and committed to any initiative that allows us to recognize, assist and support the men and women of our military, who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Nicklaus. “When we can use the game of golf as the vehicle to give back, it becomes even more meaningful to me. That’s why I feel blessed and honored to partner with great organizations like Folds of Honor and PGA REACH.”

For more information on Patriot Golf Day, visit FoldsofHonor.org. For more information on PGA HOPE, visit PGAREACH.org

In 2021, Patriot Golf Day will move to Memorial Day Weekend.