The aging American Lake Veterans Golf Course near Tacoma, Wash., is not only a relic, but a bit of a hazard for some of the veterans who use it.
Now, all that is about to change thanks to golf legend Jack Nicklaus; one of the most accomplished golfers and golf course designers of all time.
Friday, Nicklaus announced his plans to redesign the old, rugged, course by making it entirely accessible to veterans, some of whom use specially designed carts and chairs when golfing. One of the first changes will be shallower sand traps to accommodate the motorized vehicles.
Established after Soldiers returned from World War II, the original course was opened as a place for relaxation and respite, but not rehabilitation. It was never designed for the special needs of Soldiers who returned from the battlefield with injuries that made them non-typical golfers.
Originally funded by the Veterans Administration, in 1995, government support was discontinued.
In 2004, the non-profit, Friends of American Lake Golf Course was established. With fundraising and an all-volunteer staff, the course has been able to remain open, but had no funds for any type of redesign.
The newly designed course will be funded by “The Golden Bear” and no doubt some of his pro-golf friends and corporate sponsors.
The golf course is for veterans only. It has never been open to the general public.
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