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On Course Foundation USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of the On Course Foundation (OCF) is to build confidence and self-belief in our wounded, injured and ill (WII) Service members and Veterans via golf skills and employment training events. The On Course Foundation strives to create work experience opportunities within the golf industry through golf skills and training, to help our beneficiaries get back on course.

Target demographics: wounded, injured and sick Service members and Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 120 wounded, injured and sick Service members and Veterans at our Golf Skills and Employment events

Geographic areas served: close partnership with the Army’s Warrior Transition Command, the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiments and Veterans hubs

Programs: confidence-building Golf Skills and Employment events, opportunities for work experience placements leading to full-time, meaningful employment in the golf industry.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Valdo R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BayHill Arnold Palmer Invitational. Oncourse Foundation Event.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s hard to find an organization with the quality of individuals, spirit, organization, or professionalism that the On Course Foundation has. And yet here they are exemplifying every single one of those qualities on every single occasion. There are no better ambassadors for the game of golf, disabled veteran community, or the armed forces in its entirety than The On Course Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended my first On Course Foundation event this past year and it was an amazing event. It was organized very well and was an extremely welcoming organization and group of people. What this organization does by bringing veterans together and providing opportunities through golf is extremely important and I am very proud to be a part of it.

TTongue

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with On Course for the past three years. Through the course of my experience to now, I continue to be honored and humbled to be a part of it. The events that I have attended provide a welcoming, brotherly feel. They are extremely well planned and executed and have allowed me to build lasting friendships with people all over the world that I otherwise would have never known. The connection with these brothers goes far beyond just the game of golf. It is a feeling that is hard to describe until you experience it. I recommend anyone that has the opportunity to get involved with this organization.

Martin J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On Course embraced me and the challenges that I thought were uniquely mine after leaving the military. They helped me identify with the sport of golf and explore career options. While employment in the game isn’t in my cards, volunteering in the game to assist veterans has been. Thank you On Course Foundation for all you have done for me and fellow servicemen and women.

1 Christopher H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been associated with On Course for the past 3 years and have never been disappointed with any of there events. I have been reunited with fellow veterans and met a few new ones also. Sharing our stories and struggles is the most rewarding thing for me. We draw strength from one another as well as the occasional jabs. I have never been treated with such admiration for what I have done in my professional career. They associate themselves with some of the best clubs in the world and those members are absolutely the most genuine people I have ever met.

2 Riko V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The 12-18 March 2018 :Arnold Palmer Invitational / Bay Hill 7-day Tournament Experience Event was indeed a remarkable experience. The opportunty provided by the staff was a life time experience

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last week this time while vacationing in Orlando, I signed in to play a round of golf, the starter asked if I would mind pairing up with the two guys in line in front of me. I don't usually mind, it's a great way to meet new people, little did I know I would be getting paired up with two real life heros. From the introductions I could tell there was something special about Mike and John, they were super polite and extremely welcoming, I knew I was in for a great afternoon. We started talking and Mike told me about the On Course Foundation and what they do and that he and John were both "wounded warriors" but that obviously wasn't letting that hold either of them back. Having grown up in a military household and doing a lot of work with both active duty and veteran organizations we hit it off right away. We shared many laughs that afternoon (not just about our golf games). You would be hard pressed to find two better ambassadors for your organization. I look forward to working with them in the future and wish you nothing but the best. Merry Christmas!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is L. Craig, I recently attended an On Course Foundation event as a guest of another veteran in the organization. The event was a lot of fun but most importantly, it was well organized and informative. The coordinator Mike Lacey was an inspirational and gracious host who made me feel welcome from the start. I was invited to the foundation by a friend, I never expected to meet a new family...

R.a. H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is R. A. Headges. I greatly thank you On Course Foundation and specially Mike Lacy, for giving me and the rest of the Wounded Veterans, this amazing opportunity to experience and to participate in the 3 Day Golf Skills Improvement and Employment Event. We had an enjoyable time and we definitetely learned a lot about the golf industry.

To start. the management/opperations approach is centered upon creating extraordinary guess and member experiences by delivering superior service, preferred brands of clothing, golf carts, amenities and playing surfaces. The grounds operations is commited to achieving agronomic excellence, by using top of the line equipment, products, and improving upon proven techniques, which enables them to have one of the best playing surfaces in the Atlanta area. They maintain excellent turf health.

The food and beverage was a dinning experience. Great food selection. They ensure that the high level of quality food and service remains consistent. The formula for their success includes superior training, diverse menu selections, and affordable food and beverages.
We also learned about daily fee & marketing, events/golf tournaments scheduling and management operations.

Ms. Heidy and Anthony provided topnotch golf instructions to the participating veterans, making it a memorable experience. Veterans with various skills level and backgroung were able to participate in the instructions and even got to play golf.

These 3 days motivated us to discover more about the many opportunities your foundation has to offer. This experience was very helpful for me because. I was able to get out of the house and be myself around my fellow veterans. Participation in this program, with your support, has given me a boost of confidence in my everyday life.

1 jlgrammar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Jerry Graham and I was invited to participate with OCF by a fellow wounded veteran and it gave me an opportunity to be sociable with other wounded veterans from around the surrounding areas and be involved with learning more about golf. This organization is superb and the coordinator ( Mike Lacy) was caring and considerate. The experience has really been a learning opportunity and the knowledge obtained has helped me adjust as well as consider future opportunities to participate in the entire golf arena. The detailed overview of what it takes to support day to day course operations helped me appreciate the participants from in house to grounds keepers all the more. The lessons were informative for novice to experienced golfers and the willingness to assist those with special needs were second to none! Thank you Oncourse Foundation for the experience of a lifetime. I am going to share the experience with other veterans so that they too can have the excellent experience that OCF afforded me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OCF is an amazing charity that assists wounded veterans to get their life "back on course". The events are run by OCF's US coordinator who is an injured retired Service Member, an American Hero, yet humble and kind in every way. The team of PGA professionals that assist from the Marriott Grande Vista in Orlando are second to none in their care and instruction of the injured former Service Members. OCF not only teaches these heroes the game of golf with intricate instruction, they assist these fine warriors in life skills, guiding them thru a difficult transition from service to civilian life. The events are top notch and I have witnessed first hand the participants' enrichment in all aspects of life thru the game of golf.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank On Course Foundation for being there when I needed a friend. I was feeling down and out and On Course Foundation came through helping me find employment in the golf industry. The friendship and camaraderie is something I was missing after I retired from the Army and now I have new found friend I can call on anytime. I've been able to move to a better position in the golf industry because On Course Foundation is always looking out for the veterans. I'll be forever grateful.
Ivan Cotto

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have participated in two clinics with On Course Foundation, I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this family. I call it a family because that is how I feel after being around a great group of guys. I wanted information about the golf industry and On Course have provided much needed guidance. I hope more individuals can benefit as much as I have. Thanks to Marriott Grande Vista for hosting the clinics. Thanks for the instructors who take the time to come out and help veterans improve their game.
Ivan C. (Kissimmee, FL)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the On Course Foundation since the inception. In my professional opinion; this organization goes steps further then other golf foundations, seeing that On Course finds Ladies and Gentlemen jobs within golf. I have seen some awesome stories evolve from the On Course Foundation and it's members. This is attributed to how the instruction is delivered and the progression of the members through the program. I hope to be involved with On Course until I can not stand anymore. A truly wonderful program, staff and members that I would highly recommend to any injured or ill service member that would like to be involved with golf.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The On Course Foundation is by far the most professional foundation to rehabilitate injured and ill service members. Mike L, does a great job in recruitment and retention of the service members of all skill levels. The major difference in On Course from other golf charities is that they try to find employment for the injured and ill. I have worked with them for the past 6 years and look forward to all the events that we hold.

Donald Moyer, PGA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On Course came to my course for their training event and I was very impressed with their program for disabled veterans. I strongly recommend supporting this important cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of playing with members of this Foundation at a training event for their Ryder Cup event. Great fun and a great Foundation that is making a big impact on the lives of these heroes. 10/10

1 Ashley E Van D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Golf Therapy!!! This organization is amazing how they bring together Veterans from all over the states to learn how to play golf, better their game, make new friends, and even learn how to work in all aspects of a golf course. Cannot put into words how they change lives and how grateful I am to them for what they have done for my husband!

Donor

Rating: 5

Hugely impressed with the On Course Foundation and the difference they have created in the lives of these heroes. Both humbling and inspiring – I would urge any golfer to get behind this great organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the most inspiring golf days I’ve been to. Amazing to see how golf can help these heroes. On Course Foundation is doing great work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to start my story of participation by extending my heart felt appreciation for everyone involved in the Qualifier at Kernwood Country Club! Special thanks to the staff and members of golf course! The pros were top notch and created a truly “professional feel” to the qualifier! Additionally the On-Course representatives were equally stellar! THANK YOU ALL!
Now, I am more than honored to have been invited to experience this fellowship of comrades. I struggle mightily with the mental anguish the toll of military conflict has had on all my being.
Physically golf has brought meaningful physical activity to my life. I have a personal motivation to go be active. I no longer feel as I have no means to remain active. Mental Stress Relief!
Mentally, returning to golf has changed my life. I have everything I need to stay, positively, mentally healthy! I am not sure the entire outcome of my future, but it will include the golf industry! It has given me a possible return to a socially productive life! I am not sure how long or if ever, but I now have a means to attempt a “Full Recovery!” I cannot tell you the positive life attitude it has created for me.
As for On-Course and my experience at Kernwood, It was life altering to say the least. I was able to go, WAAAAY, out of my comfort zone, and felt as safe as I have ever felt away from home! I suffer terrible anxiety and stress management. I never felt judged, not welcome, and totally accepted. (Even if embracing incidents happen)

The fellow veterans at this event were inspiring and truly motivating! I love the tight comradery of the guys fully committed to this program!! These guys are unbelievably positive and full of life! Hard not to feel free to laugh and have some refreshing locker room banter!
To end, I have been blessed to participate in this event. If you are reading this, it’s either you are a veteran or a potential donor!

Veterans: Not a better group to be involved with. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Donors: Your money will be very well utilized to change the lives of many lost souls!

_Gerry, Shelton Washington