Open to golfers of all skill levels, the simultaneous golf outing is projected to be played at more than 175 courses across America, including many managed by Billy Casper Golf, Troon and Toll Golf. Additional facilities are signing up to welcome men, women, juniors and seniors eager to tee it up and make a difference.
To further its mission of giving back through golf, the World's Largest Golf Outing has partnered with Fisher House Foundation for 2016. Offering a "home away from home," the international organization provides free, temporary lodging for families to be close to loved ones receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Since its inception 26 years ago, Fisher House Foundation has saved families an estimated $320 million in out-of-pocket expenses for housing and transportation.
"Fisher House Foundation is proud to partner with the World's Largest Golf Outing," says Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. "The ability to provide sanctuary for 935 families every night in 70 homes across America would be impossible without the generosity of this grateful nation."
Some military families will play in the World's Largest Golf Outing. Golfers and non-golfers are encouraged to raise additional funds with donations made at worldslargestgolfouting.com.
Last year's event shattered every record as 12,397 golfers, including 567 injured American service members, played at 132 courses in 28 states to raise a remarkable $1,024,287. World's Largest Golf Outing continues to grow as national celebrities, including PGA TOUR legend Chi Chi Rodriguez and 42nd President Bill Clinton, participated in the fundraising.
"The World's Largest Golf Outing has developed into a national movement of golfing for good," says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf, which founded the event in 2011. "It is remarkable to see what golfers can accomplish when they convene for a day of competition, camaraderie and charity."
Highlights from the 2015 World's Largest Golf Outing:
• Alta Vista Country Club (Placentia, CA) led course fundraising with $52,018
• Team HORN, in memory of Gene Alley, raised $41,550, nearly doubling its goal to remain the No. 1 team for the third consecutive year
• In-depth, live coverage on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" from the PGA TOUR's Quicken Loans National event and courses in Washington, DC and Orlando, FL
• Two Florida courses raised more than $17,000 on event day
• 188 teams earned unique "Challenge Coins" for raising $1,000 or more
• National and local media played side by side with injured veterans
• Bill Brooks, the first inductee into the Indianapolis Colts' "Ring of Honor," and 30 other NFL stars participated
• Several courses doubled the number of players and tripled donations over 2014
• Holes-in-one at the Slammer & Squire (St. Augustine, FL) and High Bridge Hills Golf Club
• Horace Snyder, a 93-year-old Navy and Marines veteran who served in World War II, hit the ceremonial tee shot at Devou Park Golf Course (Covington, KY) and played with his son, Ron, also a Navy veteran
• Enthusiastic contributions from local color guards, fire departments, bagpipers, high school bands, choirs and dance teams performing the national anthem and flag raisings
• Tee times spanned more than seven hours starting on the East Coast and finishing in Hawaii
All golfers are entered into a drawing to win a grand-prize; additional prizes can be earned by teams with the highest contribution levels and best scores of the day.
For more information: worldslargestgolfouting.com, 703.761.1444.
About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is known for its network of comfort homes where military and Veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths; families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.
Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles program that uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program that uses donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
More information: fisherhouse.org, 301.294.8560.