From the Executive Director: Spring Is Here

Well, it is April and Spring has arrived.  At least in most places.  That means that golfers in the snow belt especially are ready to get out of the house and hit the links.  2016 looks like it will be a great year for golf and for the golf business.

If you are a golf course operator, golf course management company, golf professional, golf program coordinator or even a golf association, I am sure you are or have started your planning for the golf season.  You have looked at “how can we attract new golfers to our facilities” or “what new programs can we add to bring more people to the game.”

Well, have you ever considered reaching out in your community to organizations that serve individuals with disabilities, such as Special Olympics, Autism, VA Medical Centers, rehabilitation facilities or even senior citizen organizations?  These organizations may never have thought about including golf as part of their programming.  But golf has proven to be a great activity not only from a physical perspective, but also from a mental and social perspective as well.

And if you have never instructed or included people with disabilities at your facilities or program, don’t be scared or uncertain about engaging with this population.  They are just individuals that may want to try our sport, a game for a lifetime.  After all, they just want to be included and if you are an instructor, keep in mind that you are just teaching golf as you would to anyone else.  You just need to understand the ability level of the individual just as you would with anyone coming to the lesson tee.

To help you along with this, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf has some great resources on our website (www.accessgolf.org) that can help.  Ranging from understanding ADA to People First Language, our Golf Course Owner Toolkit under the Resource tab can help.  We also have various other links that may assist.  We also have a search engine on the website.  If you have a facility or program that is open to individuals with disabilities, sign up your facility or program today. Great way to expand the reach of your programs.  There is a link on our homepage to both the search engine and a link to add your facility or program.  Finally, take a look at the USGA/Alliance Grant Program under “Program Funding.”  The grant program may help you with some of the adaptive golf program costs.

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is here to help make this a game for all.  Please contact us to assist you in any way.

Steve Jubb, PGA

Executive Director – National Alliance for Accessible Golf

About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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