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The VA Golf Course closes upon lease expiration on December 31st

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee – With the Veterans Administration (VA) in Murfreesboro making plans for the land, the city currently leases the 9-hole golf course, the current lease will expire as of December 31, 2022, and the property will be reverted to the VA.

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“The city greatly values ​​its partnership with the VA and over the years,” said Executive Director of Community Services Angela Jackson. “It’s important to remember that the purpose of this drug is to best serve our veterans,” Jackson said. “We want to support the VA’s mission in doing so and remain committed to continuing a strong relationship with them.”

The City is currently partnering with the VA to use Bloomfield Links, Sports*Com and Miracle Field to provide access to VA patients and therapeutic recreational programs. The city’s Old Fort Golf Course was awarded a $10,000 grant in 2020 by the Tennessee Handicap Coalition to purchase a motorized single-lift golf cart. The trolley has increased the Old Fort Golf Club’s capacity to provide access to golf for individuals who may need assistance or adaptable equipment.

“Our continued vision is to increase the ability to create quality, accessible opportunities for inclusive golf participation for everyone, regardless of skill level or physical ability,” said Director of Golf Trey Adams. “Through golf, individuals with disabilities can actively participate in the social fabric of society and obtain health benefits that improve quality of life.”

In addition to increasing accessibility for disabled golfers, many of whom are veterans, City Golf honors veterans through other programs. Since spring 2021, Old Fort and Bloomfield Links have hosted PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the PGA’s charitable organization. PGA HOPE offers golf to veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional health. The program introduces golf through a six- to eight-week developmental curriculum, taught by PGA professionals trained in adaptive golf and Military Cultural Competence. All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA divisional organizations, so the cost of programming is free to all veterans. The program is offered twice annually and taught by Trey Adams, PGA and Emily Miller, PGA.

The $1.9 million needed to improve the VA course and facility is not feasible for the city’s investment given that the federal government is only allowed one- to three-year leases with a short termination clause of 30 days. City subsidies required for the VA course will be redirected to support the above programs and help ensure that Old Fort and Bloomfield Course remains financially accessible to the community. City employees currently hired at the VA golf course will be reassigned to other assignments and open positions.

Trey Adams was appointed Director of Golf for the City of Murfreesboro by Executive Director of Community Services Angela Jackson in December 2018.

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