Golf is a sport for everyone and one of the most popular participating sports and is played regularly by the widest age group. Regardless of age, gender, physical condition or physical challenge, it is a great way to build friendships and to exercise, while providing an opportunity for personal challenge and growth.
There is no reason why the sport shouldn’t be enjoyed by all, including those with disabilities.
There are many organisations for disabled golfers throughout the world offering opportunities for disabled athletes to learn the game, to play and to compete.
Rules for Disabled Golfers
In order to overcome certain unique problems that some disabled golfers encounter when playing golf, there are some Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities. As golf’s governing body, The R&A is responsible for writing both the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status. Here you can find the rules for adapted golf published by The R&A.
These Rules provide a means by which disabled golfers may play equitably with able-bodied golfers or golfers with other types of disabilities.
From a practical standpoint, it is useful to subdivide disabled golfers into groups, each of which has a need for somewhat different Rules modifications. Five such groups have been identified for the purposes of modifications to the Rules:
- Blind golfers
- Amputee golfers
- Golfers requiring canes or crutches
- Golfers requiring wheelchairs
- Golfers with learning disabilities
The Rules of Golf have developed over a period of more than 250 years and are written and revised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association. Since 1952, The R&A and USGA have worked closely to produce a joint code of Rules so that, wherever the game is played around the world, the same laws apply. They don't only cover the playing Rules, but Etiquette and the specifications and regulations that relate to clubs and balls as well.
The Rules of Amateur Status establish the framework under which amateur golf is played. The purpose of the Rules of Amateur Status is to maintain the distinction between amateur and professional golf and, particularly given that amateur golf is largely self-regulating with regard to the Rules of play and handicapping, to focus on the game’s challenges and inherent rewards, rather than financial gain.
The Rules of Amateur Status cover matters such as amateurism and professionalism, prizes and prize limits, expenses, instruction and advertising.
Adapted Golf in Spain
Spain is one of the best countries in the world to practise golf all year round.
PGA Catalunya Resort , near Barcelona, home to Spain’s number one golf course and venue of two Spanish Opens, opened its first Junior Golf Academy, in collaboration with Fundación Sergio Garcia. The Sergio Garcia Junior Academy, the Spanish golfer’s first teaching centre, has been created to fulfil two key objectives; to find and coach the best young golfing talent of the future and introduce the sport to children with physical and learning disabilities through its ‘Golf Adapted’ programs.
Best Golf Courses in Spain are:
- Montecastillo Golf Club
- Real Club de Sotogrande
- San Roque Club
- Real Club de golf del Prat
- Real Club de Golf de Pedreña
- La Manga Club
- Club de Campo y Villa de Madrid
- Real Sociedad Hípica Española
- Aloha Club
- Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri
- Golf Santander
- Real Club de Golf Las Brisas
In addition, in order to assist with the requirements of specific disabilities, some disabled golfers use equipment and devices that do not conform to the Rules of Golf.
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