Research shows improved social, psychological and physical well-being leads to greater independence and less dependency on other people and the state. With the right equipment golf provides an opportunity for those unable to stand/balance normally to stand-up-and-play, relieving pressure sores and building strength. The incredible power of golf, regardless of whether you’ve played before or not, to focus the mind and keep the neural pathways working cannot be underestimated. Once a golfer, always a golfer, despite serious injury or illness. Disabled golf is about camaraderie and competition. Golf is one of very few sports available to disabled people that is played out in the fresh air and occasional sunshine; golf is the only sport that can be played on a par with able-bodied people through its Stableford points system. In this section of the website you will also find information on:
The Disabled Golf Association (DGA), has its roots in the former Disabled Golf Society which was founded in 2010 to facilitate access to golf for disabled people in England (and which ceased trading at the end of 2013 with all 650 or so members moved over from DGS to DGA). The Disabled Golf Association CIC (DGA) was established at the beginning of 2014 and has achieved status as a charitable Community Interest Company (CIC) as approved by the Charities Aid Foundation – with the sole purpose of getting more disabled people onto a golf course for therapy and general well-being. We are largely run by our great team of volunteers, employing minimal staffing for the benefit of all disabled and impaired golfers, and would be golfers in England. As the 2014 season starts to draw to a close we have over 850 members.
In 2013 the Disabled Golf Association were awarded Winners of the Sports Category by the Disabled Motoring UK magazine.
What we do
We source venues, professional coaches and equipment to provide a complete pathway from beginners at taster sessions, to events, and elite events such as internationals. Our elite events provide an inspiration and focus both for the Order of Merit running through the season and for media activity that in turn attracts more members to join. We hold the following types of events in England:
- Taster sessions – For swing clinics or those new to golf
- DGA Local Events – Accessible events, open to all
- BGL – BGL venues are suitable for all to be welcome at 6 BGL courses with the top 3 from each event qualifying for the final in October held at the prestigious Burhill Golf Club
- OOM – Order of Merit events, points culminate to advise selection for international events, all are welcome
We had over 50 events in 2013 and are now well into the 2014 season which has included taster sessions, events and home internationals. We also provide advice about a range of adaptions and equipment requirements. Contact us For general enquiries please contact our National Events Co-Ordinator Graeme Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org on 07932-061-680