What is Fore Hope?

Fore Hope is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that uses golf as an instrument to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, illness, injury, inactive lifestyle and other life challenges. Our organization was one of the first to provide a therapeutic approach to golf by creating a program for persons of all ages, disabilities and economic backgrounds, while assisting them with their physical and emotional development. Mindy Derr founded Fore Hope in 1989 and today serves as Executive Director. Her father, Guy, was the catalyst for the inception of the program. Guy was an avid golfer and became disabled and as an option for hope and recovery, the Fore Hope program was born.



Four Decades of Service

Our organization celebrates four decades of serving persons with disabilities through the vehicle of golf since February 1st of 1989. Fore Hope’s priority is to serve those military men and women of all ages and from all conflicts. As an individual processes his / her road to recovery, our organization will be there to educate and provide positive experiences that revolve around defined therapy goals while utilizing golf as the means. Many services of the military are becoming aware of the therapy values of the game through participation, socialization, and competition.


Therapeutic Benefits of Golf

Golf is proven to be good for the soul! This game does wonders for isolation, low self esteem, hopelessness and despair. Through Fore Hope, one can retain a sense of balance in his / her life through an increase in physical activity, social opportunities, outdoor experiences and a return to life’s mainstream. Golf enriches lives!

Injuries, disabilities and mental health challenges are prevalent in the military and life as a whole in our society. Fore Hope is here to assist in any way possible.

To learn more about Fore Hope, please watch our short video above with Jack & Barbara Nicklaus!

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Ultimately, Fore Hope participants are better prepared for community reintegration.  Fore Hope's staff, therapists, golf professionals and volunteers have improved the quality of lives of thousands throughout our history.


Sponsors and Supporters

Fore Hope is supported in part by corporations, grantors, individuals, the Guy Derr Leadership Society program, special events, the Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide Insurance, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company  and The United States Golf Association.

Note: Fore Hope does not sell, promote or endorse any product, service or vendor.