Course representatives claim it is the only ADA compatible golf course in the country
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. (May 28, 2019 – Built in 1957, American Lake Veterans Golf Course was opened to veterans for recreation and relaxation. The mission of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course is to provide services to veterans and their legal dependents, and the main objective is to provide affordable, enjoyable golf for veterans and their families.
The facility has continued to make improvements since opening. In 2004, the Friends of ALVGC was formed, and since has provided over $6 million worth of improvements to the golf course, including building a $1.4 million Rehabilitation Learning Center with full indoor training simulators (Full Swing), providing $3 million for the new back nine holes, funding the $600k irrigation system and buying 12 mobility-impaired golf carts and more than 72 new golf carts through the Cart Sponsorship Program.
Being the only ADA compatible golf course in the country, ALVGC decided to add 10 Power Tee systems to their facility as well. Bruce Mckenty, General Manager at ALVGC says, “We have many disabled and older veterans who play here. It is extremely difficult for a disabled golfer in a mobility impaired golf cart to tee up a ball at the driving range. It is equally difficult for the older veterans to tee up balls. Power Tee will make this much easier and more enjoyable for these golfers.”
Mckenty also adds, “The American Lake Veterans Golf Course is proud to be in partnership with Power Tee. They have worked with us to make this venture affordable and enjoyable. They have allowed us to provide a service to our deserving veterans. We are truly the envy of the golf courses in the Great Northwest. I believe we are the first golf course in the Northwest United States to have Power Tee!”
Power Tee is just as ready for the opportunity to work with ALVGC and can’t wait to see all the veterans Power Tee impacts. Power Tee Director, Ross Jones adds, “John and Bruce are really great guys, who dedicate their time to help veterans enjoy their life and keep their independence. We are all touched by the sacrifices that have been made and what ALVGC do. Power Tee enables adaptive golfers and those with disabilities to improve and enjoy the game of golf. It gives us great satisfaction to know we are helping others achieve their goal and we are very proud to be part of the journey”
About Power Tee
Power Tee is an internationally patented automatic practice system that makes practicing golf more efficient, effective and fun. Created by Martin Wyeth and endorsed by US Open Champion and 2018 USA Ryder Cup Captain, Jim Furyk, winner of 21 events Worldwide and 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjorn and Elite Coach, Mitchell Spearman.
The system operates in 18 countries and can be found at many of the world’s most prestigious golf clubs such as St. Andrews, the Belfry, Dromoland Castle and Le Golf National – hosts of the 2018 Ryder Cup. Power Tee® tees up more than six million balls a day and assists golfers of all ages and skill levels in improving their swing through repetition and rhythm in a consistent setting.
About American Lake Veterans Golf Course
We provide a first class, affordable venue for our veterans, who deserve our thanks and admiration for the sacrifices they have made and the hardships they have endured for our country. The golf course is managed, operated and maintained by over 230+ volunteers. Yes, that is right VOLUNTEERS! Name another golf course that has no paid employees. We are very proud of that statistic. We do this out of “our love for our veterans”. Many of the volunteers are also veterans to include combat veterans from all wars.
Funding for the golf course operations and capital projects, to include all equipment purchases is created by revenue from golf fees and cart rentals and donations from local individuals, businesses and foundations. To date, donations have topped $6 million since 2004 when The Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course (501c3) was incorporated. Our latest addition, as of March 15, 2019, is Power Tees in all of our covered driving range stalls. Every single golfer comes away with a smile on their face and a “high five”