Friday, May 18, 2012

Faldo Golf Institute Hosts Wounded Soldiers for Week-Long Training Experience

Unique Golf School Program, Now in its Third Year, Supports Rehabilitation for Wounded Soldiers from the U.K.’s On-Course Foundation, as well as Orlando-based U.S. Wounded Warriors

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - The acclaimed Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott, one of the nation’s leading golf schools created by legendary Six-Time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo, recently hosted a group of wounded soldiers from the U. S. and U.K., providing a week-long golfing experience highlighted by instruction and on-course play at Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort in Orlando, Fla.

As golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation for many wounded war veterans, certified golf instructors from the Faldo Golf Institute have created a unique golf school program for the past three years, working closely with wounded soldiers from the U.K.-based On Course Foundation, as well as a group of Orlando-based U.S. Wounded Warriors.  The experience provides a week of camaraderie and expert golf instruction, while using the game of golf as a morale boost for injured veterans/soldiers.

The On-Course Foundation was created to help wounded war veterans from the U.K., providing an opportunity for members of the armed forces who have been seriously injured in combat to participate in activities on the golf course.  All members have major disabilities, and while some members have played the game prior to their injuries, others have very limited experience.

“This is the third consecutive year that we have hosted the On-Course Foundation, along with a group of dedicated local Wounded Warriors, and it is truly one of the most rewarding weeks for our entire staff,” said Andy Mitchell, Director of Golf Operations, Marriott’s Grande Vista.  “Bringing together this group of heroes from the U.S. and the U.K. for a week of golf activities, and watching them interact on the golf course and create lifelong friendships was truly inspiring.”

Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott combines the teaching philosophy of the legendary Sir Nick Faldo with the world class service and hospitality of Marriott International to provide a full-service golf school experience perfectly suited for golfers of all ages and abilities.  From low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage, to newcomers to the game seeking an introductory program that is matched to their needs, the Faldo Golf Institute offers distinct learning programs for everyone.


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