VA Golf Course will close when the lease expires on December 1.  31

VA Golf Course will close when the lease expires on December 1. 31

MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – As Veterans Administration (VA) management in Murfreesboro develops plans for land the city currently leases for a 9-hole golf course, the current lease will expire Dec. 31, 2022, and property will be returned at the direction of VA.

“The city greatly values ​​its partnership with the VA and over the years,” said Angela Jackson, executive director of community services. It is important to remember that this property is intended to best serve our veterans,” Jackson said. “We want to support VA’s mission by doing so and remain committed to continuing a strong relationship with them.”

The city currently partners with the VA for the use of Bloomfield Links, Sports*Com and Miracle Field to provide VA patient access and therapeutic recreational programs. The city’s Old Fort Golf Course received a $10,000 grant in 2020 from the Tennessee Disability Coalition to purchase a single-driver motorized golf cart. The cart has increased the ability of the Old Fort Golf Club to provide access to golf for people who may need assistance or adaptable equipment.

“Our continuing vision is to increase the capacity to create quality, accessible opportunities for inclusive participation in the game of golf for everyone, regardless of skill level or physical ability,” said Director of Golf, Trey Adams. “Through golf, people with disabilities can become actively involved in the social fabric of a community and derive health benefits that improve quality of life.”

In addition to increasing accessibility for golfers with disabilities, many of whom are veterans, the city’s golf program recognizes veterans through other programs. Since the spring of 2021, Old Fort and Bloomfield Links have been home to PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), which is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to veterans with disabilities to improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program introduces the game of golf through a six to eight week development program, taught by PGA professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural skills. All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by the PGA Chapter Foundations, so the cost of programming is free for all veterans. The program is offered twice a year and is taught by Trey Adams, PGA and Emily Miller, PGA.

The $1.9 million needed to upgrade the VA course and facilities is impractical for the city’s investment given that the federal government is only allowed one- to three-year land leases with a short 30-day termination clause. City grants required for the VA course will be redirected to support the above programs and help ensure Old Fort and Bloomfield Course remain financially accessible to the community. City personnel who are currently assigned to the VA Golf Course will be reassigned to other duties 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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