HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, New York – The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club has a long history of engagement in philanthropic activities. But in recent years the Club’s dedication to growing the game and genuinely making a difference in the community has risen to new heights. America’s oldest golf club today announced it has donated nearly $528,000 over the past 13 years — an average of more than $40,000 annually.
“The history of the club has been and remains today to always give back to programs and organizations to help grow the game of golf,” said Greg Bisconti, head golf professional at the Club. “We’ve been doing it for so many years now that there is just a culture where members are happy to jump on board when we roll out a fundraiser.”
The primary focus of Saint Andrew’s donations has been the Metropolitan PGA Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit organization committed to promoting the goodwill and growth of the game through education, instruction, scholarships, as well as other player-development initiatives. Through the Met PGA’s “Birdies or Better for Juniors” program, Bisconti said Saint Andrew’s Golf Club has helped raise more than $32,000 to support youth golf and military families.
The Club has provided ongoing support to other charities, as well, including:
- Folds of Honor
- PGA Hope (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere)
- First Tee of Metropolitan New York
- Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association
- Westchester Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Fund
In 2013, while celebrating its 125th anniversary, Saint Andrew’s Golf Club made donations totaling nearly $200,000, with more than $100,000 going to the First Tee of Metropolitan New York. The organization’s mission is to teach young people – who have traditionally not had access to the game – valuable life skills and core values through golf.
“Our giving really stepped up during our anniversary year, especially since we all recognized we are the club that helped spawn golf in America,” said Club President Vikram Atal. “It has been a holistic effort to promote the game of golf and give back to it, both in dollars as well as time and engagement.
“We are very committed to advancing the game, encouraging new people to become involved, especially women, families, and young people,” he continued. “Plus, our diversity programs are broad, and we pride ourselves that everyone is welcomed and embraced at The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club.”
Atal said the club’s inclusion efforts are working as the number of golf rounds played by women has increased by more than 100 percent over the last five years while young players are represented at the Club as never before. Moreover, guest fees have been eliminated for anyone under 18 years of age and members’ children are encouraged to bring their friends.
“We understand that young people are the future of the game and our Club,” Atal said. “It’s just one more way we can promote golf across the community. We are proud of all the good work we’ve accomplished to date but understand there is much more to do.”
The private club, which offers college and tiered young adult memberships, serves as the home course for the St. John’s University women’s team and Columbia University men’s team, plus two local high school golf programs (Ardsley and Hastings).
For more information about The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, visit www.saintandrewsgolfclub.com.