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American Lake Veterans Golf Course

A History of Honor, Hope and Strength - A Place for All Veterans to Play

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.

Shortly after the Second World War, the American Lake Veterans Hospital decided that it would add a golf course to its grounds to benefit the soldiers recovering in their facility. The course was designed as a place of respite rather than rehabilitation, and the special needs of the disabled were not taken into account at the time. Still, it was valued as an asset of the hospital and served patients healing from all types of injuries for many years.


In 1995, funding by the VA was eliminated and the future of American Lake Veterans Golf Course was uncertain. Volunteers stepped in to continue work on the course and keep it operating, but the course had fallen into disrepair over many years of service and there was little money available for the needed improvements. Read More...

• over 33,000 rounds of golf were played in 2012

9-11 Tournament




There's still time to enter!


Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Registration 6:45 AM (1st flight) AM Tee Time 7:30 AM
11:00 AM (2nd flight) 12:30 PM Tee Time 12:30 PM
Location: American Lake Veterans Golf Course
Hosted by: Ken Still and Stan Naccarato
Event: Foursome scramble Golf Tournament and BBQ Lunch!


Download the entry forms here (registration form) and here (more information)


Golf event serves as therapy for wounded veterans



Nearly 100 disabled veterans gathered in Lakewood on Monday for golf lessons from the pros. The clinic, put together by the Veterans Administration, hosted vets with injuries ranging from spinal cord damage to amputees.


There are few better places than a green green on a stunning Monday in Lakewood. Sgt. First Class Michael Beaulieu spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan, but now he suffers from a severe case of PTSD. "I didn't want to be around people anymore," said Beaulieu. "I just wanted to isolate myself."

In recent months there's been very little that could pull Beaulieu from his house. But Monday's golf did just that.  JC Duckworth served in the Army and Marine Corps. But on Monday he set his sights on a game many thought he would never play."I can't see what they're talking about, but I can sense what they're saying," said Duckworth.When Duckworth lost his vision in Vietnam his spirits were down. But now he's bringing everyone up.

Golf serves as therapy for these wounded vets. That's why these pros are happy to help. It's just a small way for these golf pros to give back to these brave souls, who gave so much.



We cordially invite you to attend the
A Course in Courage
Progess Celebration

For the new Nicklaus Nine

July 28, 2013 at 10 a.m.
at the Veterans Golf Course
9600 Veterans Drive SW, Lakewood WA

• Come to the course to see and hear about our progress
• Refreshments served
• Watch the VA Down Range event - This clinic pairs PGA Pros
and disabled veterans delivering one-on-one golf instruction

Come and see our course in action!

American Lake Veterans in St Andrews

...playing Crail Balcomie, The Dukes, Kingsbarns, The Old Course and the gem in Argyle, Machrihanish.


Rotary 8 Auction for the Friends


Thank You from American Lake Veterans Golf Course
President Don Hansen and Rotary Club of Tacoma No 8

On behalf of the Board of Directors of American Lake Veterans
Golf Course, the more than 200 volunteers and the many
disabled veterans we serve, we want to thank you for the
generosity expressed in the "Raise the Paddle" event at your
annual auction April 5th. The $71,000 raised will be important
in helping us complete the "New Nicklaus Nine" which will
provide encouragement and rehabilitation to our veterans.


Thank you again for your support.
Jim Sims
President, FALVGC


see more photos here

Article about Area 51





LAKEWOOD, Wash. - When retired Army sergeant Major Hal Beaver returned from Vietnam he didn't get a lot of respect.


"I was called every name imaginable," said Beaver, "I was called a baby killer. That's the kind of support I got."


Beaver, and other Vietnam-era veterans, is making sure today's soldiers returning from overseas get much more than that.


Working out of a shed at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, volunteer veterans make up "Area 51."


It's a charity that refurbishes donated golf equipment to be given to wounded warriors, free of charge.


"They've already given a lot," said Beaver, "I think we should give them back something."


Bernie Housden, who served in Vietnam while in the Air Force, was one of the founders of the charity six years ago.


"We've had some real tear-jerkers," said Housden, when asked what the reaction is from the soldiers.


Housden said many of the recipients are wounded warriors who use rounds of golf as forms of physical and emotional therapy.


They've had donations from across the state and the country.


"Clean your garage out and send it to us. We'll put it to use," said Housden.

St. Andrews Tournament Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, Lakewood, WA

St. Andrews Tournament


The American Lake Veterans Golf Course is proud to sponsor this event to help send four combat wounded golfers to Scotland for six rounds of golf on some Scottish Links to include the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.  We solicit your participation and/or support to make this an enjoyable event for some of our own. 


Where: American Lake Veterans Golf Course
When: April 26, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM Registration – 9:00 AM Tee Off
Type Tournament: Two Person Scramble
Clubs: Old Style Hickory Shaft Clubs will be issued per twosome
Dress: Old Style Dress Is Highly Encouraged
Costs: $100 per person


Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
• Closest to the Pin – Holes 2, 8, 11, & 17 ** Longest Drive – Hole 16 (Men & Women)
• Straightest Drive – Hole 9 (Men & Women)
• Great Raffle Prizes to include brand new 11-piece set Calloway RAZR clubs


To register sign up at the golf course front desk or mail the attached registration form to:
St. Andrews Tournament
American Lake Veterans Golf Course #114
9600 Veterans Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98493


Registration Form:


Get Up and Go at American Lake Veterans Golf Course


Great article about our golf course and Course in Courage campaign!


Golf "fore" disabled vets


Wonderful article in the Costo magazine about our Course in Courage: "AT FIRST GLANCE, the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakewood, Washington, looks like any other—golfers and carts buzzing around a great green backdrop. But up close, the course is not so ordinary. This course is specially designed and operated for disabled veterans.


Read more here.

9-11 Tournament Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course

9-11 Tournament 2013


Another very successful event! We sold out all available spots!


See more pictures here.

Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course Groundbreaking for new Nicklaus Nine

We're on our way!!


Please read the news coverage here.


A video has been compiled from all the videos taken by news agencies and can be seen here.

donation from Everett Branch 170 of the Fleet Reserve Association on behalf of the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course

Fleet Reserve Association Donation


On September 26, 2013, Bob Krajczynski was honored to accept a donation from Everett Branch 170 of the Fleet Reserve Association on behalf of the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course .


The donation stemmed from proceeds generated at the FRA Branch 170 Golf Tournament held July 27, 2013 at the Walter Hall Golf Course in Everett, WA. Presenting the check on behalf of the FRA were Jerry Compton, Tournament organizer, and Dr. Ted Bacon, major fund raiser.


The FRA has already set July 19th, 2014 as the date for their next tournament and hope to greatly increase player participation.

Chuckals Tournament

Chuckals hosted their 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament earlier this month. The Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course were one of the beneficiaries of their generosity! We want to thank them, including their supporters, sponsors and customers.


Chuckals raised $8,500 for our cause!


Read more here.

The St. Andrews Legacy


The St Andrews Legacy aims to use the magic of St Andrews to improve the lives of others through education and the game of golf.


In July, four men from our area were invited to Scotland to participate: Steve Reynolds, a volunteer from our golf course and a Viet Nam vet. Aloysius John Domme II alias AJ Domme Iraqi Vet, Purple heart receipient. Mike Slaybaugh, Iraqi Vet. Aj and Mike are from the Warrior transition Battalion at Joint Base Fort Lewis and McChord.


See more pictures here. See ESPN's video here.

Aaron Boyle

Aaron Boyle  SGT, US Army   2007 – 2012

(Interview by volunteer Cindy Shuckenbrach at American Lake VA Golf Course - May 2013)


My name is Aaron Joe Boyle.  I was born January 20, 1989.  I served in the United States Army for six years.  I graduated from high school in June 2007; a week after graduation I joined the military and went off to basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia.  After Infantry training I was transferred to Fort Hood, Texas and met up with my unit, 166 Bravo Company, 4th Infantry Division. During my processing I was told we were getting ready to deploy to Iraq but it kept getting postponed.  I served in Iraq for one year. During that time I got married to my beautiful wife, Lynn, on January 1, 2008.  


I was deployed to Afghanistan in August of 2010. The way those people in Afghanistan live is horrible, as if back in caveman times.  The people live in mud huts and use their own feces to garden with.  You couldn’t breathe over there.  It was dirty and the buildings were nasty.  The only city that we saw was Kandahar and we built it.  I was there just a month when I received a Red Cross message that my wife (not yet 7 months pregnant) and the baby had died. (Read the entire article here.) 

Friends of American Lake Veterans fundraiser

Triple Header Fundraisers on the weekend of the 20th, July 2013


Three fundraisers were held on behalf of the Friends at the Everett Golf and Country Club, the Bear Creek Country Club, and the Give Back Golf Classic. They were all tremendously successful!!


Thank you all for help in Campaign for Healing and Hope!


See more pictures here.

Area 51


Here's a new video creating by the wonderful volunteers of Area 51 at the golf course. Take a look! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXal6uM8sHM

Area 51, run by an all-volunteer staff, builds, maintains and repairs all donated golf clubs. We have recycled over 1056 clubs this year and have built up 132 sets of clubs for distribution to our wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen , The VA In Patients, The Old Soldier's Home in Orting and our Blind Rehab Program. We provided 179 sets of clubs to our programs in 2012. May we never forget our veterans past or present.

Kirkland 4th of July Parade

The troops turned out for 4th of July in Kirkland this year.


See more pictures here.

Bryon Ellingson plaque

Commemorative Plaque for Byron Ellingson


Rick Ellingson wanted to do something special for his father, Byron, to commemorate his service to our country. We designed a plaque in his honor and placed it on one of the benches at the golf course for posterity. See more pictures here.

Injured war veterans find therapy in golf


(CBS News) LAKEWOOD, Wash. - On this Fourth of July, America's wounded war veterans face many challenges returning to civilian life. Some are finding help on a different kind of field, where their only weapon is a club. Read the rest of the story here.


Putter Here

Putter Here features the American Lake Veterans Golf Course

The 2nd edition of  www.putterhere.com proudly highlights the American Lake Veterans Golf Course (ALVGC). They've also added another item to their product line and twenty percent of all sales through July 19th will be donated to the ALVGC.


Everett Golf & Country Club Charity Tournament Benefiting the Friends of American Lake Golf Course


Charity Tournament benefiting Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course. 

• $100 entrance fee
• 1:00 PM Shotgun Start
• Dinner and Auction to follow

Special Presentation by the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course.


See http://www.everettgolfcc.com/ for more details.

Lend a Helping Hand

Lend a Helping Hand Event


This Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27, the Friends are asking you to help Veterans by adding a donation to your green fees at participating golf courses. Ask you Club Pro for details!


Jack Nicklaus has generously donated his services in designing an additional nine holes, so we can accommodate the ever growing need of returning veterans. This course is designed to be fully
accessible for disabled veterans. We need your help with the accompanying construction costs.


Helping veterans find physical and emotional
renewal through the great game of golf.

The following courses will be participating in this event: Iron Horse, Broadmoor, Fircrest, Aldarra, Lake Padden, Everett, Home Course, Gallery, Cascade, Canterwood, Classic, West Seattle, Discovery Bay, Elk Run, Eaglemont and Riverbend.