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December 18, 2015

Bob Beach: Visit Local VA Hospitals to Help Veterans and Wounded Vets

Bob-BeachBob Beach, the 2013 Patriot Award winner and New England PGA Section Hall of Fame member, is the PGA head professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Bob Beach on the importance of visiting local VA Hospital to help veterans and wounded vets:
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 care takers who accompany the veterans are amazed how well they do. I enjoy helping golfers when they are not sure they can play anymore. It is important to extend their playing time any way we can as they are all heroes to me.

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Bob Beach on the business impact of visiting local VA Hospital to help veterans and wounded vets:

Simply put, VA hospitals are loaded with veterans. We always have veterans stroll by checking out what we are doing. Next thing you know, they’re hitting balls and having fun. We average between 12 -20 vets per 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 people 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.

If you would like to email the author of this Best Practice directly, please email bbeach@braintreema.gov