Golf with Disability
Golf is a unique game that can be enjoyed by everyone. For people with disability, golf not only provides the opportunity for them to play a recreational sport, it can also be a form of rehabilitation or an opportunity to be in a social environment.
In Australia and specifically, Western Australia, there are various organisations that work with disabled golfers to make golf an enjoyable sport for all.
Sports CONNECT is a national framework that develops pathways for people with disability to get involved in sport, by creating and developing relationships between sports and disability organisations.
Golf Australia, is one of the 24 National Sporting Organisations that are supportedly directly through Australian Sports Commission through Sports Connect. Golf Australia has received funding over a 5 year period to develop a Disability Action Plan.
Golf WA is working closely with Golf Australia to ensure that the Disability Action Plan will continue in Western Australia.
The Golf Australian Disability Action Plan includes activities such as coach and administrator training, policy development, research and resource production with the aim of creating an inclusive environment for all people to participate in.
- More information about Sports Connect here
Blind Golf Australia (formerly known as the Australian Blind Golf Association) was formed to promote the game of golf amongst Blind and Vision Impaired Persons, and to co-ordinate blind golf between the States of Australia.
In Western Australia, The West Australian Blind Golf Association (WABGA) is responsible for the running of state events related to Blind Golf.
To be part of the Australian Open, a blind golfer must be a member of the WA Blind Golf Association as this is an International Blind Golf Association sponsored event. Most of the golfers play with the Westerners Blind Golf Club, with the A Grade now playing at Wembley and the B Grade at the Lake Claremont Golf Course.
The international Blind Golf Association has its own eyesight and handicapping system, but the WABGA golfers play under the rules of golf with the exception that a golfer can ground their club in a bunker and the caddy/guide can stand behind the golfer to watch the flight of the ball.
- A Guide to Blind Golf Sheet
- Blind Golf Information on Golf Australia Website (including the video 'You don't have to see it to swing it')
Amputee and Disabled Golf
The Western Australian Amputee and Disabled Golf Association (WAADGA) is committed to helping amputees and other physically challenged individuals, through golf, live a productive and inclusive life. Every amputee and physically challenged individual, regardless of age, is able to play golf.
The game of golf has proven that participation contributes dramatically to the emotional and physical well-being of physically challenged individuals, as well as instilling self-confidence and pride in personal achievements.
Golf For all Disabilities Clinics
The purpose of clinics is to teach adaptive golf to people with all disabilities (adults and kids). It also serves to help those with previous golf experience to re-learn the game of golf as a new amputee or physically disabled person, and allows the individual to enjoy the game and the unique, friendly atmosphere found on the golf course.
Cost of entry is FREE
Held 6 times in the year under guidance of professional Mark Tibbles at The Vines GC and Donna Crouch at Maylands Golf Course
|Monday 28th January - Kids Clinics (The Vines GC)||9 - 10 AM|
|Saturday 23rd March - Adults Clinics (Maylands GC)||10 - 11 PM|
|Tuesday 30th April - Kids Clinics (The Vines GC)||2 - 3 PM|
|Saturday 1st June - Adults Clinics (Maylands GC)||1 - 2 PM|
|Saturday 7 September - Adults Clinics (Maylands GC)||10- 11 AM|
|Thursday 10 October - Kids Clinics (The Vines GC)||2 - 3 AM|
Please register your interest to attend the above sessions to:
Contact person for Golf Inclusive Programs in WA: