Jack Nicklaus, Vietnam War veteran Jim Martinson and Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry.
Leroy Petry and Jim Martinson on the course.
A beautiful day for camaraderie and recreation!
Jim gets a lesson from Jack.
Our new Rehabilitation Center. Now all we need is that second nine!
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Currently, American Lake Veterans Golf Course is the nation's only golf course designed specifically for the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled veterans. Help Us Build Our Course in Courage!

How Golf Heals

Healing Power of Golf

As veterans learn that playing golf is possible, no matter what their disability, they regain their personal pride of accomplishment, of control, of success—even if it’s just a putt. As they gain confidence on the course, they find themselves surrounded by others who have been there and care.  Read more

Why We Started

Why we started

The nine-hole course was designed as a place of respite rather than rehabilitation, and the needs of the disabled were not taken into account. Still, it was a valued asset of the hospital and served patients healing from all types of injuries for many years. Read more

See Us in Action

Watch ‘HERO,’ the award winning video about our veterans and what we’re doing to help through the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course. Read more…

How You Can Help


At this unique facility, blind golfers, amputees, and veterans recovering from emotional trauma and other injuries can join able-bodied soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines for camaraderie, support and rounds of golf – all in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance.  Read more

  • Jack Nicklaus receives the Congressional Gold Medal

    Jack Nicklaus receives the Congressional Gold Medal


    Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the United States Congress can bestow on a civilian, last week. The Golden Bear received the medal for his contributions to the game of golf and his service to the community and the nation.   …

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  • OpenInSumner FALVGC benefit

    Sumner to host golf event benefiting Friends of American Lake Golf Course


    In anticipation of the 2015 U.S. Open, Sumner is hosting a golf even that will benefit the Friends of American Lake Golf Course.  Please join the festivities for Open in Sumner, June 13-14 ,2015, a celebration of the game of golf, the Pacific Northwest and …

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  • In Memory of Wayne Anderson


    Wayne Anderson, Tacoma area resident, Veteran and Automobile Dealer since 1964 has passed away. Wayne loved to play golf and was a member of the Fircrest Golf Club. His family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Friends of American Lake …

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  • In Memory


    Jim Tournquist passed away last week. Jim was a retired volunteer with over 4000 volunteer hours. He worked on the grounds crew many years ago and before he retired he was in charge of all the cookouts at the activity center. He was an excellent …

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  • Progress Report


    Dear Friend of Our Armed Forces, The Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course want to extend a big heartfelt thanks to you for your generous support of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakewood, WA. Your timely support of this facility is allowing …

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American Lake Veterans Golf Course - 100% Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible. 7,400 square foot Rehabilitation & Learning Center for:   Rehabilitation - Learning and training - Golf training room - Relaxation, socialization and fun - Library and TV room.

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