We’re not talking about the kind you toss with vinaigrette. We’re talking about the greens that challenge your skill, strength and patience.
If you thought your golf playing days were over, it’s time to wake up and smell the greens. Golf is a life long sport – suitable for all ages and abilities. After all, this is a sport where having a handicap is part of the game! 4 The handicap system in golf levels the playing field so that it’s fair to players of all abilities. And golf is more accessible than ever thanks to the millions of golfers and golf aficionados who have created adaptive equipment, playing techniques and courses.
On some courses you can use your own wheelchair to learn and practice skills, but if you want more access, there is an option. One of the biggest advances in the sport is the single-rider cart. These carts are lightweight and approximately half the size of a standard two-seater cart, with turf-saver tires that make it safe on slopes and uneven terrain. This means you can follow your ball on the green, into the tall grass or wherever it may lie! Single-rider carts come with a variety of features, including some models that are equipped with support restraints to provide stability while swinging and moving, and adjust to give you more height.
Ready for some greens? Check out the adaptive golf programs and resources below. Then follow the words of American author Chuck Hogan, “Go play golf. Go to the golf course. Hit the ball. Find the ball. Repeat until the ball is in the hole. Have fun. The end.”1
Organizations dedicated to making golf accessible:
- National Alliance for Accessible Golf – This organization offers grants and other programs to help golfers get back on the course. www.accessgolf.org/
Accessible Golf Programs:
- Nationwide listing by state of grants and accessible golf programs made possible by the National Alliance for Accessible Golf www.accessgolf.org/grants/funded_programs.cfm
- Playing Through Adaptive Golf Institute – Southern Florida adaptive golf events and lessons. www.adaptivegolfinstitute.org/
- Fore Hope – Adaptive golf program located in Ohio www.forehope.org/
- A HUGE resource list can be found on the National Alliance for Accessible Golf site: www.accessgolf.org/resources/links.cfm