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 07932-061-680.
Times will vary depending on course availability, so 10 days before a scheduled event an email will be sent to registered members in the region as a reminder. To register on an event simply send a quick email to Graeme. If you haven’t registered your details with us before (so not receiving the emails) it is completely FREE to register with us – see our Registration page.
Be ready for a full day out and potentially the odd shower – certainly take a bottle of water with you and cover up in hot weather. You need to aim to arrive and register with Sue/make payment (ideally in cash) at least an 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. 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.
If you have a club handicap please bring your handicap certificate and have your CHD number ready for inspection if requested – please don’t worry if you’re not a club member and do not have a handicap. Please can we invite you to read information about handicaps, noting that we have a rule you cannot win at your first event.
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 including your name in the message. This means we are not held up at the clubhouse waiting for the last person to arrive.
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 number of strokes 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).
Following the event we typically have a light one-course meal which 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.