Mark Kitchen is an avid golfer that loves the game of golf and is now planning on using his favorite pastime to help benefit soldiers that have been wounded from the war. As the owner of the Broken Tee Virtual Golf Club and a PGA professional himself, he is going to use his proceeds from his club’s seasonal grand opening weekend to support the Home For Our Troops foundation. A nonprofit organization based in Taunton that builds customized homes for severely hurt soldiers will be benefited by all proceeds from
equipment rentals during November 11-13. It may be just a coincidence that his grand opening takes place on November 11 this year which is Veterans day, but Mark sees it as the perfect opportunity to reach out to wounded veterans. “When I thought about it, I realized my club’s grand opening for the season was going to fall on November 11, so I felt that I should reach out to them.”
His business is located in Lakeville, MA at 166 County Road and allows users to play golf year-round by using virtual golf simulators. These simulators let users play simulated rounds of golf on many different courses, with the most played course being Pebble Beach. Mark rents out his simulators by the hour, and they even allow users to participate in worldwide virtual golf tournaments. Playing virtual golf with a golf simulator is easy; a user stands directly in front of a large screen displaying the course they are currently playing on, and the experience is quite realistic. Sensors detect how fast and how hard a ball is hit as well as other factors such as speed, angle, and the ball direction producing an accurate projection on the screen. The Broken Tee currently charges $38 for each hour of use on theweekend and $32 per hour for weekdays.
Mark made it clear that his proceeds from the weekend of November 11-13 are going to Homes For Our Troops. “I want to get more people to know about Homes For Our Troops and get more people in here. All the money that is received during that weekend is going directly to them.” He also went on to say that every year for Veteran’s Day he will hold the same fundraiser. His club, The Broken Tee, has been in business since 2008 and is generally open between the months of November and April where the winter weather makes it unreasonable and almost impossible to play on outdoor golf courses. By appointment, it is also open during the warmer months of the summer as well.
Mark Kitchen first heard about the Homes For Our Troops foundation when he was participating at the Birdies for the Brave tournament held at TPC Boston. “I wanted to learn more about it,” said the Freetown resident. “I was eager to find out what I could do to help.”
If any of you are interested in booking a golf simulator at The Broken Tee, you can do so online at www.thebrokentee.com a week in advance or give them a call at (508) 923-4653.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?