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September 03, 2013

Nicklaus builds golf course for wounded veterans

Posted at 11:36 AM by Scooby Axson | Categories: Jack Nicklaus

When disabled military veterans play at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash., they are just grateful to have a place to play since it is the only course around that caters to disabled vets.

The greens and bunkers at the course are accessible to the disabled and are also equipped with special carts making it possible for those who walk with difficulty or not at all to play.

But the course is only nine holes and was having issues meeting the high demand.

In comes the "Golden Bear" to the rescue.

Jack Nicklaus' company is designing a second nine holes for free, and the course had its groundbreaking ceremony last week after more than three years of fundraising.  So far, about $2.5 million has been raised and another $2.5 million will be needed for upgrades on the front nine and for equipment.

"I really didn’t know what I was getting into at the time, but when I came out here and met the people, I knew I made the right decision,” Nicklaus said Friday, via the Yakima Herald Republic. “I didn’t have the privilege to serve my country when I was younger, and to be a part of this is special.”

(Photo by Lui Kit Wong/The News Tribune, AP Photo)

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