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November 28, 2009

American Lake Veterans Golf Course

Filed under: Golf — alaboutnothing @ 9:09 pm
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This amazing golf course came to our attention while watching the Golf Channel over Thanksgiving weekend.  This is a golf course specifically for use by veterans of our military (USA).  What is even more amazing is the funds to cover running this course all come from private donations, no federal funding.  There are approximately one hundred and fifty grounds keepers and they are all volunteers and they are all veterans.

Back in 2001 this course was described as a “cow pasture” and the Pepper Roberts came along.  The day after Pepper retired he made American Lake his project.  To clean up the nine hole course and make it available to veterans and only veterans.  Needless to say he was totally successful and because of the success, they are going to add nine holes to the already existing nine holes to complete the eighteen holes.  Now in order for this to happen, they needed to re-design all the holes.  So they called Jack Nickolas who is a legendary golfer and high on the list as a golf course designer.  They asked Jack how much it would cost?  In the interview I saw the guy who was asking said, “Jack did not even pause. Jack said “no charge.”   Now folks I have to tell you that Jack Nichols a “class act.”  I blog about Tiger often on this site, but Jack is a leader in inspiration and Tiger is following his footsteps.

Please follow this link (Click here) and be sure to watch the videos.  The folks who run the course and the veterans who use the course are all inspirations.  Remember, these are the guys who go out into the world and protect our freedom.  They put their lives on the line each and everyday just so we can enjoy the freedom of living in the USA.

I have nothing else to add except to inform you that this golf course is the only one in the US dedicated to our veterans.  I find that amazing and a fact that needs to change.

Peace!

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