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.
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
Great day to be alive, it is always a pleasure to listen and learn about golf opportunities. Tom Morrison (superintendent at Marriott Grande Vista) gave us some good insight about grounds keeping and how to enter the profession. Instruction was awesome, any day that I can come out and practice under the watchful eye of PGA professional Don Moyer I feel good. On Course Foundation I'm thankful for the invitation.
This day I can forget about my problems and just come out and have some fun with other veterans.
I have attended two On Course foundation 1 day clinics. The events where all first class from the coordination to the time we tee'd up the first ball. I enjoyed the information sharing of the program as much as I did the golf instruction and play. These events are extremely easy on the participant; which is key to those who struggle with being around people and getting out of the house. Mike Lacy has been extremely available and helpful during the process. I have increased my time outside the house working on my game in between events and I owe that all to the foundation. Thanks Dan McGuire
I have always enjoyed the game of golf. When I was injured in the military I thought those days of moving forward were over. It wasn't until joining up with On the Course Foundation USA, and all the help personally from John Dodds, was I able to find that true passion again. With their help, I now have a job at an amazing golf country club, where I'm able to immerse myself into the golf wold (in numerous areas). I'm able to learn more than I ever knew was possible, from some great people, and hopefully take my game to the next level. I couldn't be more appreciative for their help and guidance through the process of getting to this point. I now feel like my options in moving forward within the golf industry are limitless! Thank you, to everyone within On the Course Foundation. I will never forget, without them, I wouldn't be on this path I'm now on! https://www.instagram.com/tycampbell32/
This organization saved my life. If it wasn't for them getting me out of the house and on the course with my brothers and sisters in arms I would have ended my life a long time ago. Rehab thru golf and the On Course foundation provide an outlet for us to experience something other than four walls.
Having moved from the U.K last year the on course foundation USA have helped my transition into a new country. The staff involved are incredible and literally cannot do enough for you! This goes to the pros who give up their time and pass their experiences and knowledge onto us and the volunteers within the charity.
If your thinking of getting into golf and you are a veteran or already play then get in touch! Your connected with like minded people who have that connection regardless of what country they served. People of all experiences and abilities play together and one thing that is constant is the smile on the participants faces!
First and foremost I would like to thank On Course Foundation and all of its staff for the help and support it has given me over the last year.
Each event I have attended over the last year has been outstanding and to top it off with warm weather training in Orlando has been the icing on the cake.
The facilities, training, hospitality and welcome we all received in Orlando has been first class.
Not only have I had top quality coaching from top quality professionals, I have also enjoyed being amounst like minded buddies from both sides of the Atlantic whom I could connect with.
Civvy street can be a tough club to be a part of after 20 years in the military and having the chance to spend a week with guys from the same background and who have had similar experiences is priceless.
In a nutshell, my golf has improved massively and I have met new friends for life! In my whole 6 years of being injured and discharged from the Army, no other charity has come close to achieving what On Course Foundation has given me!
Another fantastic experience with OCF. It's nee quite a while since I have spent a continued amount of time with other injured soldiers although it didn't take long to get back into the swing of things.
Great staff, tuition, food, accommodation, Golf courses and banter. The evenings were social and enjoyable, super itinerary and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a charity.
It was amazing courses, great opportunity, best friends, delicious food and best time ever!!!
Thank you for giving me such a great opportunity.
BRENDAN MURRAY OCF MEMBER GBR
Firstly I have to thank every single person involved in putting together this great trip. The day I received the email I couldn't believe my luck, I had never been to the States and was looking forward in meeting more OCF members and playing some world class PGA Tour quality courses.
The trip was so awesome, I gained so much from it. I have an ongoing lower back Injury, which initially limited me considerably. Through The OnCourse Foundation I now focus more on the things I can do rather then what I cant.
I am fully making a recovery through golf, the charity really does what it says on the tin.
Golf has given me a sport I can almost fully compete in, develop and enjoy thoroughly.
The tuition we received from the Marriot Grande Vista staff was unbelievable.
Once in a life time coaching. Larry, Jim, Andy and Don all gave me so much time and catered to my limitations.
For anyone who isn't into golf, would think I'm talking rubbish, but I've found a new sense of confidence both in sport and socially.
Since being injured I have spend a lot time on my own at home, initially feeling quite down.
I now look forward to the OCF events, each time I make close friends which is so cool.
The Orlando trip took it to another level and we got to hang out with the Wounded Veterans from the U.S Forces aswell as our own Injured lads.
The banter was flowing and its realy uplifting to see people with horrific mental and physical injuries properly laugh and open up making new friendships.
I will keep this experience with me for the rest of my life.
Everyone involved worked tirelessly and questions or issues were addressed immediately. I really can not song their praises enough. Will Barker John Dodds and John Simpson, to name a few made this experience worthwhile meaningful and helped each of us individually so much.
Personally, I think my golf improved, a lot. My social skills improved and I managed to make new great friendships. The coaching didn't end in Orlando, I was filmed and set up on a Marriot coaching website, so when I got home I can go over the golf tution at my leisure.
The Charity is great and anyone who donates and supports it is making a real difference. Not all service men and woman have visable injuries and I was so surprised golf of all things would bring people together, helping them be involved whatever the Injury. Socially being able to open up while travelling round a golf course for 4-5hours.
The thing I've learnt is that golf is such a positive sport. I know I've got a long way to go before I can class myself as a medium skilled player,but all the guys never put you down, only encourage and guide you. And of course not forgetting that we are ex and serving military personnel, so the banter that so many of us miss upon leaving the service is fully flowing, and we can all take a joke.
Loved every minute of this trip and I'm so grateful for the opportunity. Learnt more about the golf industry, correct playing syles, professional coaching, Luxurious accommodation & superb dining.
Most of all was the friendships I made and how comfortable it is to speak to each other about our injuries.
Truly grateful, thank you to everyone
I don’t even know where to begin in terms of what I got out of the trip. Being in full time employment the R&R it provided was invaluable, just being around like minded individuals for a week was great and something I have always missed since being discharged from the military.
In terms of golf, the trip has done no end of good to my game, I have made some instant improvements and taken away loads for me to work on. The fitting with Randy was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am really looking forward to having my clubs set up based on his recommendations. The coaching was first class as usual and a great confidence boost with Simpson Cup qualifying just around the corner.
Getting to play the courses we played was something I never thought I would be able to do and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
It was great to hear some of the golf industry success stories and have an insight into some areas of the industry we would never get the opportunity to see. I feel if we could find somebody as enthusiastic as Randy is about club fitting in the UK and could try to expose more members to this environment we would have a queue of Apprentice club fitters looking for employment.
The only constructive feedback I could give relates to the intensity of the golf, as someone with a physical injury it was at times too intense, I feel it would have been more beneficial to have a little bit of rest time and although I know the activities were not essential it sometimes feels a little bit ungrateful or ignorant if you choose to sit something out. That said, on the flip side, what an itinerary, I am pleased I cracked on and managed to do most activities over the course of the week.
I have come back to the UK feeling refreshed, positive and confident and the benefits of the trip will be long lasting.
Thanks for all of your efforts and thanks to everyone at On Course involved in the organisation of an amazing trip and giving me the opportunity to attend.
A great organization. I attended a weeklong training session with OnCourse Foundation. The experience was awesome and they truly do open up opportunities to work within the golf industry.
Excellent staff and instruction. Providing a way for veterans and soldiers to be educated and receive much needed help and support for their future.
I now have a new Family to assist in my transition to civilian life after medical retirement from the Army. My attendance at OCF clinics has given me new tools to seek employment in the golf industry, a new attitude on my transition and most of all a new sense of camaraderie and esprit de corps that was missing when I left the service. There is an unspoken code we attendees of these clinics share that allows us to be ourselves without judgment. The staff and golf professionals at all the venues I have visited are extremely and sincerely appreciative of our and our families' service and sacrifice for this great nation. Special thanks to Mike L. of OCF, Don M. of the Marriott Grande Vista, Orlando and Ted R. of Deercroft, Pinehurst. They are all awesome guys and great Americans!
Thanks to all.