Green Berets at Golden Bear

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Ch 1. Golf

Green Berets at Golden Bear is a unique annual charity event held at the private Golden Bear Club in Keene’s Pointe. Proceeds of the event go to benefit the Green Beret Foundation. This year’s event will be held on the Monday of Veteran’s day week on November 8th, 2021.

The Golden Bear Club is a Jack Nicklaus Signature- designed course. Since it’s opening it has become the centerpiece of the prestigious community of Keene’s Pointe. This phenomenal private country club is bordered by the Butler Chain of Lakes and features majestic oaks, towering Cypress trees, and all types of natural flora.

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Ch 2. GBF

The Green Beret Foundation serves the Army’s Special Forces. Green Berets also have a profound impact on Florida’s well-being in time of need and a significant economic impact. Special Forces soldiers are garrisoned across Florida including 7th Group in North West Florida, 20th Group in North East Florida, Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida and the Special Forces Dive School in Key West Florida. In addition to being the tip of the spear globally, across Florida they are a great asset. When hurricanes strike, Green Berets are providing search and rescue capabilities. When astronauts return to earth near the Florida Coast, PJs assigned to 920th Rescue Squadron were typically trained at the SF dive school in Key West.

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Take part in this year's Green Berets at Golden Bear signature tournament, presented by Hilton Grand Vacations. A Foursome grants full tournament access and the ability to mingle with both executives and active duty special forces soldiers. 

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Ch 3. Sponsors

The tournament would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Collectively these firms have committed incredible resources to ensure a successful tournament. We’re also incredibly grateful for the immense support of our title sponsor, Hilton Grand Vacations, a global leader in vacation ownership.

At Hilton Grand Vacations, they’re committed to making every trip a memorable one, and that means providing their Owners and guests with the very best vacation experiences – and then some.  As part of the Hilton portfolio of brands, they’re proud to provide all who travel with them the high-quality service that’s been synonymous with the Hilton name for more than 100 years. Learn More >>

Ch 4. OP-ORD

0730: Tournament Registration Opens

0745: Breakfast Opens

0800: Short Game Clinic / Range Open

0845: Special Forces Paracommando Jump Team

0900: Flag Raising by the Green Berets and the National Anthem

0901: Shotgun Start (Lunch will be provided on the course, or at the turn)

1430: Scoring, Speaker and Awards

Ch 5. Location

The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Keene’s Pointe in Windermere reflects the extraordinary beauty, challenging layout and environmental sensitivity that Nicklaus courses have come to represent around the world. Surrounded by sparkling lakes and majestic oaks, this 18-hole masterpiece appeals to golfers of every level.

The layout, always in impeccable playing condition, will test your mettle, challenge your skills, and reward your prowess. The club also features a massive, luxurious clubhouse facility offering panoramic views of both #9 and #18 finishing holes

Ch 6. Meet Kevin

After graduating from Union College (BA), Kevin R. Flike served as a Special Forces Engineer assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group and deployed to the Philippines, Thailand and twice to Afghanistan.

On September 26, 2011 Kevin was shot in the stomach in Afghanistan – a day that would set off a years long journey of trials and tribulations.

In the spring of 2016, Kevin completed dual masters degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA). Kevin went on the work at Goldman Sachs and now Senior Director of Strategic Projects at AdaptHealth. Read More >>

Ch 7. Meet Ryan

Ryan Hendrickson is a Special Forces Engineer in the U.S. Army. Ryan transferred over to the Army in 2008 after completing enlistments in both the Navy and Air Force.

Ryan has many military deployments including Iraq, Afghanistan, and several South and Central American countries. Ryan’s decorations include the Silver Star, four Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor.

When not abroad, he calls Florida home.