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Martinsburg VA starts PGA HOPE golf program at Cacapon for veterans

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) has established a partnership with PGA HOPE, which teaches the sport of golf as therapy to veterans.

Their newest chapter will operate at Cacapon State Park’s golf course.

“The program aims to enhance physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being, and is led exclusively by PGA professionals who are trained in adaptive golf, as well as military cultural competency,” said VA officials.

The Martinsburg VAMC has referred over 30 veterans so far to local PGA HOPE programs, with the newest chapter offered at Cacapon State Park.

“Eighteen Veterans recently participated in the inaugural Cacapon program,” said Darren Yowell, Recreation Specialist at the Martinsburg VAMC. “We are excited to bring this opportunity of golf as therapy to our area’s Veterans.”

PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which enables direct referrals to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy.

Interested veterans can receive more information by calling 304-263-0811, ext. 4031, or by email to

Participants in PGA HOPE take to the driving range at Cacapon State Park.