Participation Programs

Golfers with a Disability

Golf is a sport that offers a range of inclusive options for deaf or hearing-impaired golfers, blind or vision-impaired golfers, amputee golfers and golfers with intellectual disabilities. A variety of organisations exist at State / Territory and National levels to assist and support people with a disability who are looking to participate in golf.

For more information on each of the national disability organisations, click on the following listed organisations or contact Golf Australia on 03 9626 5050 or your State / Territory Golf Association.  See below for the ASC Inclusion Spectrum.

AUSRAPID

Amputee Golf Australia

Blind Golf Australia Deaf Golf Australia Special Olympics Australia
     

The ASC's inclusion spectrum allows games and activities to be delivered in different ways, with more options. The aim is to encourage higher quality participation by people with disability, both with or away from their able-bodied peers. Clubs can provide a range of options by adapting and modifying their course and practice facilities in different environments.

Examples of golf in the Inclusion Spectrum:

  • No modifications:   a seated golfer or golfer with an intellectual disability may practice and compete with able bodied golfers or golfers without or intellectual disability based on golf handicap
  • Minor modifications:   a vision impaired golfer using a personal guide to participate or compete or a course set-up to suit impaired golfers such as shorter holes, large holes, or modified rules
  • Major modifications:   an impaired golfer under separate rules and using modified equipment to participate
  • Primarily for people with disability:   golfers with disability and their able bodied peers combine to form teams to compete
  • Only for people with disability:   players participating in a competition exclusively for people with same/similar disability
  • Non-playing role:   people with disability can be officials, coaches, club presidents, volunteers and spectators.

Golf is a sport for all ages and abilities. Golf clubs are encouraged to increase participation by all people by making efforts to be inclusive environments using the Inclusion Spectrum as a useful guide.  

See also the 7 Pillars of Inclusion:  http://www.playbytherules.net.au/got-an-issue/inclusion