A local Buffalo non-profit in the business of shipping golf clubs and ball to US military troops around the world has partnered with global sports entertainment leader to significantly increase its access to gently used golf equipment. Bunkers in Baghdad (BiB) made the arrangement with Topgolf® to step up the amount of donated equipment by a vast amount. In 2016, Topgolf donated a whopping 11,000 left- and right-handed golf clubs, 600 yards of turf squares and 21,000 golf balls to BiB. The equipment was then shipped to troops, who use it for leisure-time entertainment and/or physical rehabilitation. In 2017, Topgolf* plans on opening seven new venues, which means that there will be a substantial increase in the amount of recycled golf equipment moving forward.
“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.”
“The idea behind Bunkers in Baghdad is simple: we collect and ship golf equipment to our troops and vets around the world. 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.’”
*Topgolf inspires people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. With 31 venues entertaining 12.2 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf creates unforgettable, shared experiences through actively engaged associates and guests.