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 March 26, 2010

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Tomah VA Medical Center Golf Course opens early

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Tomah opened its “Veterans Golf Course” March 18 — almost one month ahead of schedule thanks to the recent warm spring weather. The nine-hole, par-36 golf course is open to the public.

The Veterans Golf Course is a Family friendly course, featuring a pro shop, a pavilion with picnic tables, snacks and refreshments, and restrooms.
 
The Veterans Golf Course is a non-profit course. Its primary purpose is to provide a golf facility for veterans receiving care at the Tomah VA. Funds generated from public play and donations provide the means to operate and maintain the course. For more than 10 years, the golf course has not been maintained with funding from the VA Medical Center’s budget.

The course will be open from sun-up to sun-down, weather permitting. For the next month or so, spring rules apply. When the flags are on the greens, the course is open for play.

Golfers who arrive when the pro shop is not open are asked to abide by the “honor system” and deposit their greens fee in the “honor box” located at the starter building. Volunteer schedules may be sporadic during the first month of the season, so players are asked to be prepared to use the honor box.

Course fees for the general public are $9 for a nine-hole round; $10 on weekends and holidays. Senior citizens, active-duty military and students receive a special rate of $7 on both weekdays and weekends for nine holes. An 18-hole round costs $16 ($17 on weekends and holidays), and the special rate for seniors, active-duty military and students is $10 (weekdays and weekends).

Tee times are not necessary, but if one is desired, call 608-372-1243. Golfers also can rent carts, clubs and pull-carts when the pro shop is open. The shop is completely staffed by volunteers.
 
A season pass is available for $200. The pass is good for unlimited golf throughout the 2010 golf season.

A punch card also is available. Golfers who purchase these cards golf 11 rounds for the price of 10 rounds. Punch cards from previous seasons will be honored.

Hole sponsorships are available for the 2010 golf season. For $250, a business, organization or individual can sponsor a hole and be recognized for doing so.

For more information about the golf course, how to sign up to be a golf course volunteer, hole sponsorships, or to purchase a season pass, call VA Voluntary Services at 608-372-1727.

(Submitted by the VA Medical Center Public Affairs Office.)

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