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.

     

Father's Day 2017 with Eighty Plus Club at Braintree Municipal GC Father's Day 2017 with Eighty Plus Club at Braintree Municipal GC
Liam McCloud, one of 60 golfers at the Accessible Golf Clinic on June 12th at Braintree GC Liam McCloud, one of 60 golfers at the Accessible Golf Clinic on June 12th at Braintree GC
ARC of South Shore Golf Clinic at Braintree Municipal GC June 2017 ARC of South Shore Golf Clinic at Braintree Municipal GC June 2017
Dick Praetsch and Wayne Cleversly at 2017 Clinic for Parkinson's & Lewy Body Dementia Dick Praetsch and Wayne Cleversly at 2017 Clinic for Parkinson's & Lewy Body Dementia
ARC of South Shore Golf Clinic at Braintree GC June 8th ARC of South Shore Golf Clinic at Braintree GC June 8th
June 5th Accessible Golf Clinic with diehard golfers and their Patriot Super Bowl prizes June 5th Accessible Golf Clinic with diehard golfers and their Patriot Super Bowl prizes
Weekly Saturday Vets Clinic June 3 for Vets and their families at Braintree GC Weekly Saturday Vets Clinic June 3 for Vets and their families at Braintree GC
Army Vet Tom Kennedy at Brockton VA Clinic June 2017 Army Vet Tom Kennedy at Brockton VA Clinic June 2017
Brockton VA Indoor Clinic Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Brockton VA Indoor Clinic Memorial Day Weekend 2017
Eighty Plus Veterans Clinic Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Eighty Plus Veterans Clinic Memorial Day Weekend 2017
Dominic Cafarelle receives junior golf clubs through Clubs for Vets Program May 2017 As grandfather Vet looks on Dominic Cafarelle receives junior golf clubs through Clubs for Vets Program May 2017
Eric Sisson and Paul Sisson at Accessible Golf Clinic May 22nd Braintree GC Eric Sisson and Paul Sisson at Accessible Golf Clinic May 22nd Braintree GC
Eighty Plus Club veterans relaxing after Golf Clinic at Braintree GC May 21 Eighty Plus Club veterans relaxing after Golf Clinic at Braintree GC May 21
Air Force Vietnam Vet Ralph Cafarelle with his wife Penney and grandson Dominic at Vets' Clinic 5/20 Air Force Vietnam Vet Ralph Cafarelle with his wife Penney and grandson Dominic at Vets' Clinic 5/20
Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Ralph Cafarelle receives golf clubs from the NEPGA Clubs for Vets Program Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Ralph Cafarelle receives golf clubs from the NEPGA Clubs for Vets Program
Making Golf Accessible Workshop and Clinic Braintree GC May 15th Making Golf Accessible Workshop and Clinic Braintree GC May 15th
Clubs for Vets Marine Corps Veteran, Scott MacKenzie receives new golf bag from NEPGA Program in May Clubs for Vets Marine Corps Veteran, Scott MacKenzie receives new golf bag from NEPGA Program in May
Brockton VA Vets Clinic May 12th Brockton VA Vets Clinic May 12th
Francesco Serratore joins Accessible Golf Clinic May 8, 2017 Francesco Serratore joins Accessible Golf Clinic May 8, 2017
May 5th Clinic for Veterans and wounded Vets at the Brockton VA May 5th Clinic for Veterans and wounded Vets at the Brockton VA
PGA Junior League 2017 with World War II Marine Corps Veteran Kris Apostol PGA Junior League 2017 with World War II Marine Corps Veteran Kris Aposto
May 6th Veterans and Families at weekly Braintree Clinic May 6th Veterans and Families at weekly Braintree Clinic
EJ Spellman of Dorchester at the May 1st Accessible Golf Program at Braintree GC EJ Spellman of Dorchester at the May 1st Accessible Golf Program at Braintree GC
Iron Man Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Joe McCartney at Brockton VA Golf Clinic Iron Man Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran Joe McCartney at Brockton VA Golf Clinic
GIGL Clinic at MGA Links April 30, 2017 GIGL Clinic at MGA Links April 30, 2017
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