Many people with disabilities enjoy playing golf, too — or would like to give it a try. Thanks to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and to a growing awareness of the needs of people with various disabilities, more and more golf courses throughout the United States are developing disability-friendly policies and offering such amenities as specialized golf carts and instruction. Here are some resources to help you learn about educational and playing opportunities for people with disabilities in your area:
NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR ACCESSIBLE GOLF
The Alliance sponsors accessible golf events, offers community-based golf lessons, provides financial assistance to make golf more accessible, and has developed guidelines for golf course owners and others interested in making golf more accessible.
NATIONAL CENTER ON ACCESSIBILITY
The NCA promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation, and tourism. To read articles on golfing with disabilities, click on “Access A to Z,” then on “Golf.”
NATIONAL AMPUTEE GOLF ASSOCIATION
11 Walnut Hill Rd
Amherst, NH 03031
Membership organization that holds adaptive golf clinics, tournaments, and publishes Amputee Golfer magazine.
UNITED STATES BLIND GOLF ASSOCIATION
Nonprofit membership organization that promotes the inclusion of people who are blind or have low vision in the game of golf through instructional clinics and tournaments.