Kentucky PGA

PGA HOPE

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Veterans Everywhere)

Kentucky’s PGA HOPE programs provide all Veterans with FREE golf instruction taught by local PGA Professionals.  The HOPE program is designed to provide golf as a therapeutic rehabilitation tool for all military Veterans. The lifetime sport of golf has proven to be an excellent outlet for activity and competition, but also allows Veterans to assimilate back into their community through the social interaction the game provides. Sessions include instruction, camaraderie and playing opportunities.

 

PGA HOPE FACTS

It is a fact that suicide is a major issue among military Veterans, with recent statistical studies showing that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide. PGA HOPE is working to change this statistic.

Participants of PGA HOPE programs include military Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and amputees, among other challenges.

The Department of Veterans Affairs research and clinical experience verify that physical activity is important to maintaining good health, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life. For many injured Veterans, adaptive sports provide their first exposure to physical activity after injury.

PGA HOPE programming is fully funded by PGA REACH and offered at NO COST for Military Veterans.

PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which enables Recreational Therapists to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy.

PGA HOPE TESTIMONIALS

"Some people, they like coming to PGA HOPE because we just get to talk about our experiences. And it helps them to talk about these issues or some of their problems with other guys who understand what it's like to have been in those same positions. It's good therapy. It's good therapy for all of us." ~Matt O'Keefe, PGA

"I can see a golf ball, but I can't track it or see where it goes after I hit it. I'm able to play with a pro or another veteran in PGA HOPE though and they're able to point out to me where it went. It changed me from a person who would hit a golf ball to a person who could be good at golf. We work with one another and it feels similar to the camaraderie developed in the service. It feels so good helping others who went through the same things you did." ~Ted Palmer

"PGA HOPE is probably the biggest motivation I've found. I wouldn't say I was in a state of depression before I was in PGA HOPE, but I went to a session trying to get some of my mobility back and regain some of my physical attributes. Right away, I got challenged by my PGA Professional to try these different skills. The next day, I was swinging a golf club hundreds of times because I wanted to get better as a golfer and an athlete. I got hooked on golf, learned so many things about myself, and made some tremendous friends that I wouldn't have met without PGA HOPE." ~Gregory Mack, Jr.

PGA HOPE UPCOMING SCHEDULES

PGA HOPE Louisville - 2021 Session #3
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Location: Quail Chase Golf Course, 7000 Cooper Chapel Rd, Louisville, KY 40229

Clinic #1 (Introduction) - Tuesday, September 7th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #2 - Tuesday, September 14th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #3 - Tuesday, September 21st, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #4 - Tuesday, September 28th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #5 - Tuesday, October 5th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #6 - Tuesday, October 12th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #7 (Graduation), October 19th, 4:00 PM, will include golf scramble and meal (COVID-19 permitting, TBD)

PGA HOPE Northern Kentucky - 2021 Session #2
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Location: World of Golf, 7400 Woodspoint Drive, Florence, KY 41042

Clinic #1 (Introduction) - Wednesday, September 1st, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #2 - Wednesday, September 8th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #3 - Wednesday, September 15th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #4 - Wednesday, September 22nd, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #5 - Wednesday, September 29th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #6 - Wednesday, October 6th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Clinic #7 (Graduation) - Wednesday, October 13th, 4:00 PM, will include golf scramble, meal, and graduation ceremony (COVID-19 permitting, TBA)

Golf House Kentucky Sponsors

About Golf House Kentucky

Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. The vision of Kentucky’s golf leaders, Golf House Kentucky was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in a picturesque country setting in Louisville, Kentucky. Golf House Kentucky conducts competitions for golfers of all ages, gender and skill levels (amateur, professional and junior), and provides valuable services to Kentucky PGA professionals and member golf facilities. Working in partnership with the USGA, Golf House Kentucky provides individual golfers and member golf facilities with a wide range of services: Handicapping, USGA Course and Slope Rating, award programs, club consulting and golf management software. The family’s philanthropic affiliate, Kentucky Golf Foundation promotes the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, Kentucky golf museum and provides grant and scholarship programs for youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Contact Us

1116 Elmore Just Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40245
(502) 243-8295
kentucky@kygolf.org