With more than 30 entertainment facilities, Dallas-based TopGolf is providing a unique way for golfers and non-golfers to enjoy the game. Now, with a new partnership announced with Bunkers in Baghdad -- a New York-based charitable organization that ships supplies to overseas troops seeking leisure-time entertainment and/or physical rehabilitation – TopGolf is helping to boost morale among the men and women serving our country by donating "gently-used" clubs.
"We are honored to partner with Bunkers in Baghdad to recycle our golf balls, clubs and turf and provide our military troops with a fun way to relax during their leisure time," said TopGolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. "We've received photos and notes from troops stationed all over the world using our equipment, and it's a privilege to share a small piece of TopGolf with these soldiers who are bravely serving our country."
In 2016, TopGolf donated 11,000 golf clubs, 600 yards of turf squares and 21,000 golf balls to the charity. TopGolf will continue this equipment recycling initiative in 2017 as the company aims to open seven new venues this year.
"Bunkers is busier than ever, and our partnership with TopGolf was really a blessing last year," said Joe Hanna, founder of Bunkers in Baghdad. "Our troops truly appreciate anything we send them – especially a little slice of home. The majority of feedback we hear from our soldiers is, 'Thank you for not forgetting about us.'"
This is not TopGolf's only involvement with the military organizations. TopGolf also is partnered with Folds of Honor, fundraising for educational scholarships for children and spouses of disabled or fallen service members. The company also offers a Heroes Discount to active-duty service members and veterans at all of its venues nationwide.
TopGolf is a unique golf entertainment concept. A combination of upscale driving range with multiple levels of climate controlled bays, TopGolf uses chip-embedded golf balls to allow players to score in a different way than traditional golf. In addition, all 31 venues offer an extensive menu of food, full bar, large screen TVs for sports and other entertainment options. The company entertains more than 12.2 million people each year.