Area Superintendents Come Together to Support American Lake Veterans' Golf Course
A collection of around 60 Golf Course Superintendents and other volunteers from the states of Oregon and Washington gathered at the American Lake Veterans’ Golf Course to provide volunteer labor and equipment to help get the course ready for the upcoming Spring and Summer Seasons. The Service Project was held on Thursday, March 14.
The effort was a collaboration of the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association (OGCSA) and the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association (WWGCSA). Each is a regional chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
American Lake Veterans’ Golf Course, which was built after World War II in the mid-50s, is on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. Its mission is to “provide much-needed rehabilitation and recreational outlet for the growing population of veterans, many of whom are disabled…” It has served patients healing from all types of injuries for many years. In 1995, after the US government withdrew all funding for the course’s operation and maintenance, volunteers offered to take up the challenge of keeping the course going.
Despite this challenge, the volunteer effort and the formation of a non-profit fund-raising organization has kept the course alive, enabling it to offer rehabilitation, therapy, socialization and support to those that have given so much for our country.
Getting the course ready for Spring with the help of the Golf Course Superintendents, who greatly admire the veterans that the American Lake course serves, is symbolic of the thanks that all Americans have, and a chance to provide some extra hope in an environment as beautiful as a golf course.
The Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is dedicated to providing education, a forum for communication, and the enhancement of the image of its members. The Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association will be viewed as an organization that promotes the growth and enhancement of golf, provides networking opportunities to all members, encourages leadership and professional development opportunities, supports environmental stewardship, notes the importance of research and development to provide exceptional playing conditions.