05 Sep 2023

A Lesson in Golf….A Lesson in Life 

Josh Pereira


Button Hole, a nonprofit 9-hole course and learning facility, is chipping away and leveling the playing field by providing young people from the urban core with access to life changing opportunities through golf.

Breaking barriers has been Button Hole’s goal since founder Ed Mauro turned a former gravel pit in the heart of Providence’s underserved neighborhoods into an “oasis of green” more than 20 years ago.  Since Button Hole opened more than two decades ago its mission has been very clear – to make golf affordable and accessible for everyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, financial status, age, gender, or physical ability.

Button Hole is providing that opportunity. Adhering to its mission to make golf affordable and accessible to everyone, Button Holewelcomes more than 1000 youth each year, the majority of which (750) receive a “scholarship” and participate at no cost. In addition to fundamentals, Button Hole uses golf as a vehicle to teach life lessons that extend well beyond the greens. The public course strives to enrich the lives of youth and teens by providing facilities and programs that develop strong character, teach life values, respect, leadership and success through the game of golf.

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