Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but between the barbecues and golfing outings, it’s important we all take a moment to recognize what this holiday is really about: the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
To do that, Diamond Resorts’ Chief Executive Officer, Mike Flaskey, sat down with wounded United States Army veteran and professional golfer Chad Pfeifer, who graciously shared the role golf has played in his mental and physical recovery.
Set at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando – home of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions – the segment is the first in a new video series titled “Moments with Diamond,” which will provide members, owners, guests and team members a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s innovative experiential vacation platform.
In addition to Pfeifer, the first segment also features Blair O’Neal, a Golf Channel personality, professional golfer and model. Both are Diamond Celebrity ambassadors.
In April 2007, Pfeifer was in Iraq when his truck was hit with a pressure plate IED that resulted in the amputation of his left leg above his knee. In this first segment, the trio talks about their personal experiences with golf, including how the game helped Pfeifer work through his rehabilitation.
“Because this holiday is so special, we knew we had to launch the series with Chad, who graciously spoke about how he used golf to overcome many challenges,” said Flaskey. “It was an honor to sit down and speak with both Chad and Blair for the first part of this exciting series.”
In the video, Pfeifer also discusses tips for veterans transitioning out of the armed forces and shared some of his personal goals as a professional golfer. O’Neal, who regularly hosts Golf Channel’s “School of Golf,” shared her personal golf story and out-drove both men in a friendly competition on the range.
“We had a lot of fun shooting this segment and are excited for the rest of the series,” said Flaskey. “We have several additional special guests lined up in exciting destinations.”
To honor those who have served, Diamond Resorts is now offering active duty military personnel, veterans, and retired military 10% off our Best Available Rate on future resort stays. You can find details on the deal at DiamondResortsandHotels.com/Promotions/Troops/ForTravel.
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