The U.S. Army’s 133rd Engineer Battalion, “Task Force Black Bear” from Gardiner, Maine, includes 200 servicemen and women who are currently stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan. Their work, as you can imagine, is difficult and dangerous. So when they get some downtime, they look for activities that can help them relax and take their minds off their job.
Being engineers and having access to lots of equipment, the enterprising soldiers of the 133rd built a 9-hole course amidst the rock and sand and enjoy hitting shots when they get a chance, just like you and me. But a lack of equipment had made the game even harder to enjoy. They’d taken to using rocks when their supply of balls ran out.
Staff Sergeant Justin Poirier sent an email to Maine-based Harris Golf asking for information about where they might find inexpensive clubs and balls—items hard to come by in Afghanistan.
“Out here in the hinterlands,” SSG Poirier wrote, “we have managed to create a makeshift golf course where we can play 9 holes… but the uneven and often hazardous terrain causes us to lose a lot of balls. Lately, to conserve balls, we have been using a 5-iron and hitting rocks… that club will not be making the trip home now!”
Harris responded with a great show of support for the troops, sending clubs and “LOTS of balls” to the battalion.
“We feel it’s the least we can do for our fellow Mainers,” a Harris Golf press release said, “displaced and giving of themselves for the rest of us.”
But Harris didn’t stop there. They’ve also created a special promotion that will allow members of the 133rd to play free golf at Harris’s Maine golf clubs when they return home this summer. Every time a golfer purchases a “Task Force Black Bear Pass” from Harris Golf, a second pass will be donated in that golfer’s name to a soldier from Task Force Black Bear, allowing a service member to play free at a Harris facility. For just $50, golfers get a choice of playing 18 holes (including cart) at Sunday River GC, Old March CC, Penobscot Valley CC, or the Bath Golf Club.
The Task Force Black Bear Pass is a great way to show your support for our troops—and get a great deal on a round of golf in the bargain. To order by phone, call 207-442-8725. Or purchase one online here.