Player Development Best Practices

Visit Local VA Hospitals
by Bob Beach, PGA

Bob Beach, GOLF FOR ALL co-founder, the 2013 Patriot Award winner and New England PGA Section Hall of Fame member, is the PGA head professional at Braintree (Massachusetts) Municipal Golf Course.

Bob Beach on the importance of visiting local VA Hospital to help veterans:

New England PGA Professionals give free golf lessons to our veterans every Friday afternoon at the Brockton VA in Brockton, Massachusetts. The VA has a putting green with artificial turf on site that allows us to help all veterans including wounded vets in wheel chairs. We also have an area where we can work on chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing. By having our golf clinics on site at the VA, we are able to attract many veterans who cannot make it to a golf course. We also have veterans from the long term care division of the VA that show up every week to do some putting. The caretakers who accompany the veterans are amazed at how well they do. They are all heroes to me, so it is important to extend their playing time any way we can.

Bob Beach on the business impact of visiting local VA Hospital to help veterans:

Simply put, VA hospitals are loaded with veterans. We always have veterans strolling by and checking out what we are doing. Next thing you know, they're hitting balls and having fun. We average between 12 -20 vets each Friday, of which we see 50 percent further their golf with lessons at the Braintree Municipal Golf Course. This practice never started as a way to increase lesson revenue, but it's been a welcomed side-effect of helping veterans through golf. Team Titleist has been a huge supporter, as they donate drivers, hybrids, wedges and putters. The New England PGA Section also helps with a donation program called 'Clubs For Vets', in which full sets of golf clubs are donated from surrounding golf courses. Each vet pays a nominal green fee at Braintree which helps drive revenue, but everything else is free. This offer is just a small token of our appreciation for these heroes and their service to our country.

     

Air Force veteran Phil Gerety of Weymouth at Brockton VA Air Force veteran Phil Gerety of Weymouth at Brockton VA
Kathy from the ARC of the South Shore at Braintree Municipal accessible golf clinic Kathy from the ARC of the South Shore at Braintree Municipal accessible golf clinic
Special guest Navy veteran Michael Kuhn at clinic for veterans at Braintree Municipal Special guest Navy veteran Michael Kuhn at clinic for veterans at Braintree Municipal
Navy veteran Bill Black at clinic for veterans and wounded vets at the Brockton VA Navy veteran Bill Black at clinic for veterans and wounded vets at the Brockton VA
Army vet Harry Jones at Brockton VA Army vet Harry Jones at Brockton VA
Dave from the ARC of the South Shore at accessible golf clinic Dave from the ARC of the South Shore at accessible golf clinic
Navy veteran Michael Kuhn from Ocala Florida at Braintree Municipal GC clinic for veterans.jpg Navy veteran Michael Kuhn from Ocala Florida at Braintree Municipal GC clinic for veterans
Michael Summers finishes season with the Braintree High School JV golf team 2016.jpg Michael Summers finishes season with the Braintree High School JV golf team 2016
Alan Lussier and son Chris at Special Olympics New England Leadership Conference Alan Lussier and son Chris at Special Olympics New England Leadership Conference
Navy veteran Larry Winger back at the Brockton VA making putts Navy veteran Larry Winger back at the Brockton VA making putts
Air Force veteran Paul Malone at Braintree's clinic for veterans and wounded vets Air Force veteran Paul Malone at Braintree's clinic for veterans and wounded vets
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Army veteran Jim Harvey at Eighty Plus clinic at Braintree Municipal Army veteran Jim Harvey at Eighty Plus clinic at Braintree Municipal
Army veteran Ed Burke returned to Brockton VA to hit some iron shots Army veteran Ed Burke returned to Brockton VA to hit some iron shots
Braintree clinic for veterans and their families 2016 Braintree clinic for veterans and their families 2016
Connor, Christine, and Justin at Braintree's Accessible Golf clinic Connor, Christine, and Justin at Braintree's Accessible Golf clinic
Susan and Paula at NLM Family Foundation clinic.jpg Susan and Paula at NLM Family Foundation clinic
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Army vet Ed Burke at Brockton VA clinic.JPG Army vet Ed Burke at Brockton VA clinic
Ryan Moore PGA Tour champion with golfers from Braintree's accessible golf program.jpeg Ryan Moore PGA Tour champion with golfers from Braintree's accessible golf program.
Korean War Army veteran Bob Power at Eighty Plus Clinic for veterans at Braintree Municipal GC Korean War Army veteran Bob Power at Eighty Plus Clinic for veterans at Braintree Municipal GC
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