Submitted by Christine Gravel
The 2017 golf season is officially underway and open to the public at the Odyssey Golf Foundation and the links are already warming up with golfers.
On April 17th the first Veteran’s Golf Outing took place with an at-capacity attendance, and the event lineup to Memorial Day includes outings on May 1st, 15th and 30th. “We’ve already scheduled more than 20 Veteran’s outings this season, up from 15 last year.” noted Lisa Halikias, Executive Director of the Foundation.
In addition to the Veteran Golf Outings the Foundation also offers free instructional golf sessions every week at the golf academy, and discounted golf every day for all veteran members. The Veterans are clearly getting involved in everything the Foundation has to offer, (with an expected tally of over 1,000 Veteran Members this season) and their appreciation is evident. “There is one day a year that is dedicated to recognizing us for our service, but here, we are recognized every day,” exclaimed Fred Hammar, Retired US Air Force, First Class and frequent attendee at Foundation events.
“We’re in the process of planning a ceremony this summer to install a POW/MIA Chair of Honor that was generously donated to the Foundation.” said Lisa. The chair will be installed on the Odyssey Golf Foundation Golf Course and is meant to remain perpetually empty to help people remember that even though our soldiers are not here, there is always space for them.
Under the coaching of specialized, certified instructors, individuals with special needs can confidently enjoy all the Golf Academy has to offer. The Foundation also works in partnership with several community groups for children and adults with special needs to set up group instruction, and they’re excited to expand the program by welcoming some new groups this season.
The course, open to the public, uses the revenue it generates from golf greens fees, outings, sponsorships and donations to deliver its programs and services to its beneficiaries. The
Foundation’s facilities include the challenging 18 hole golf course designed by 2-time, back-to-back PGA champion Curtis Strange; the full service Pro Shop; the year-round Driving Range with heated tees; and the instructional Golf Academy with professional staff. The organization also supports other non-profits through golf outing fundraising programs.
“Our mission is to contribute to the well-being of our beneficiaries by empowering them with the physically and socially therapeutic benefits attributed to the game of golf. Every time you play, you support our mission,” declared Lisa Halikias.
The Foundation can only reach its goals with the support of our community. You can become a sponsor, make a donation, book your event, schedule a tee time, and much more at odysseygolffoundation.org.