If you’re looking at coming to your first event we would like to make you feel welcome and at ease. Hopefully the following information will give a flavour of a typical event day but should you require any information please contact Graeme@disabledgolf.org.uk on 0118-979-0193 or 07932-061-680.
Or next events are:
Thursday 31st March – Dyke, East Sussex
Monday 4th April – Waterton Park, West Yorks
Friday 8th April – Stockley Park, Middlesex
Thursday 14th April – Springwater, Notts
Registering for an event
If you haven’t registered your details with us before (so not receiving our monthly newsletters) it is completely FREE to register with us – see our Registration page. Anyone can of course register for any event simply send a quick email to Graeme.
Ten days or so before an event an email will be sent to registered members living in the region as a reminder. We have a whole community of facebook followers and post updates regularly/chat about disability issues openly at fb.com/disabledgolf and will let you know by email the day before if the weather forecast is bad and things have to be rescheduled.
What will it be like on the day?
Be ready for a full day out and potentially the odd shower – certainly take a bottle of water with you and cover up in extremes of weather, some people take a small snack with them such as a banana/cereal bar/nuts to help them get through a long day. You need to aim to arrive and register / make payment (ideally in cash) a good hour before tee time - that is before enjoying a bacon roll. Please make any special dietary needs known on registration as food is ordered before we go out to play.
Perhaps the most important thing to help the smooth running of the day if you find for some reason or other you cannot then make it, please send a simple text message through to Graeme’s mobile number 07932-061-680 early in the morning or the day before, including your name in the message. This means we are not held up at the clubhouse waiting for the last person to arrive.
Following the event we typically have a light one-course meal while scorecards are processed and this is followed by a quick presentation of prizes. All player cards will be entered into both the 18 and 9 hole competitions. There may be occasions when we have novelty competitions as well eg longest drive, nearest pin etc. for golfers to participate in. These competitions will be decided on the day, dependent numbers of golfers, cost and prizes donated by the clubs pro shop.
As disabled people we appreciate our independence, but for anyone who needs a little extra help to get around the course our aim is to do all we can to help you have an enjoyable day, but our own volunteers are limited in number (we would love more volunteers); we kindly request therefore players requiring assistance to ensure they make any special needs known in advance and/or aim to make their own arrangements prior to the day. If you make contact with Graeme in advance we may have information about buddy schemes etc available locally.
What if I need a buggy?
That’s no problem (well as long as we know your requirement)! A few words about buggies:
- We will ask you if you need a seat in a buggy to get around the course and ask you to walk if you are able to walk as seats in buggies are at a premium
- If you’re in a buggy please advise if you are unable to drive the buggy – you will be sharing with another player so do ensure you are introduced to your partner in the clubhouse so you both have time to load your bags onto the buggy
- Some clubs insist disclaimer forms are completed and signed prior to taking the buggy key
- Insurance for golf and driving a buggy is down to the individual player
- One final word about buggies – if the DGA organiser on the day asks you to be a passenger on the day and specifically not to drive a buggy we respectfully request you to comply with this request for all sorts of reasons – this may simply be that the driver needs to access the buggy from the drivers side, or has a spinal injury for example.
What about my handicap?
If you have a club handicap please bring your handicap certificate - please don’t worry if you’re not a club member and do not have a handicap. Before the day, please can we invite you to read information about handicaps, noting that we have a rule you cannot win at your first event.
Competition for the majority of event days will be Stableford – if you’re not sure how the scoring works, don’t worry we will do this for all players at the end of the day. At the first tee players are invited to swap cards with players in their group and ensure the name on the card matches the score noted under ‘Player A’. It is the players responsibility to ensure their card is correct and signed both by the player and the marker and then to hand it in for processing at the end of play (and before dinner).
Below is a copy of a scorecard (kindly put together by Brian ”Barmy” Parsons, our regional co-ordinator in the midlands). In this example you are the Player A and will have filled in your name and handicap etc and already swapped cards at the first tee – the person marking your card (“marker”) will complete all of the scoring on this card. Only Player A’s name goes on the card – no one elses. This is an example of how we would like your scorecard to be filled in before submitting for scoring.