ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Utah Golf Foundation hosted the first Veterans on Course event in southern Utah Tuesday.
Dozens of veterans from every military branch came together on the green to reconnect.
Hosted by the Utah Golf Foundation, any veteran, any age, and any skill level could play for free at Entrata at Snow Canyon Country Club.
“We want to make certain that we touch all the veterans across the state,” Utah Golf Foundation Board President Dean Cottle said.
“I enjoy it and I get a chance to learn a little bit more every time and I meet a few more people and vets,” Bob Raaum said, Vietnam Army veteran.
Besides a round of golf and dinner, everyone gets a lesson from volunteer Utah Section PGA Golf Professionals to improve their game
“Hanging out with all the vets, It’s a fantastic thing that they’re doing for us,” Ed Shipley said, who served with the US Navy in the Middle East.
No golf equipment? No problem. The organization is giving away full sets to any veteran who needs them. The free golf equipment was donated by The First Tee of Utah in Salt Lake City.
But if you think the event is all about golf, you’d be wrong. It’s aimed at getting veterans together and connecting in ways only they can.
“It’s nice together with people that have been through the same thing as you have,” Raaum said.
“We share a lot of things in common and it carries over from generation to generation,” Shipley said.
The Veterans on Course program teed off earlier this year with three similar events in northern Utah. This is the first in St. George.