Golf Australia

Golfers with a disability



Getting Started in Golf

Golf is a sport for everyone, regardless of age, gender, physical condition or limitation and the sport of golf plays an important role in the lives of many people with disability.  It is a great way to build friendships and to exercise, while also providing an opportunity for rehabilitation from injury.  


PGA Blind & Disabled Accredited Coaches

A joint initiative between Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia, the PGA Blind & Disabled Golf Coach Accreditation has been developed to give PGA Professionals and their venues / facilities additional training & resources in providing support for those golfers with physical, sensory or intellectual disability.

As accredited coaches, PGA Professionals play an important role in providing suitable assistance to golfers with disability.

PGA professionals complete an accreditation in the following areas;

Day 1 - Theory

-        Inclusive Coaching

-        Inclusive Clubs & Facilities

-        Seven (7) Pillars of Inclusion

-        Funding & Partnerships


Day 2 - Practical

-        Introduction to Club-Fitting and Gripping Solutions

-        Mobility Solutions – Ottobock Paragolfer

-        Practical Coaching Session - Impairment Groups


Accredited PGA Professionals listed below or visit to find your nearest PGA Professional.



Scott Barsby                                 Muirfield Golf Club, Sydney, NSW

Brett Chappell                               Antill Park Golf Club, Pickton NSW

Clinton Russell                              Power Golf, Castle Hill, NSW

Gary Begg                                     Barton Park Golf Range, West Botany, NSW

Greg Engall                                   Barnwell Park Golf Club, Sydney, NSW  

Lachlan Foulsham                         Empower Golf Australia, Sydney, NSW

Peter Jones                                   Muirfield Golf Club, Sydney, NSW

Peter Lightbown                            Paradise Golf, Terry Hills, NSW

Ron Luxton                                    Royal Sydney Golf Club, Rose Bay, NSW

Wayne Parlarto                             Illawarra Golf Complex, Illawarra, NSW

Ethan Shanahan                          Bingara Gorge Golf Club, Wollongong, NSW



Graham Bolton                             Cairns Golf Club, Cairns, QLD

Daniel Brosnan                            Victoria Park Golf Complex, Brisbane, QLD

Chris Chaplin                               Victoria Park Golf Complex, Brisbane, QLD

Ryan Fowler                                Victoria Park Golf Complex, Brisbane, QLD

Nigel Lane                                   North Lakes Golf Club, North Lakes, QLD

Murray Lott                                  Victoria Park Golf Complex, Brisbane, QLD

Jay Simpson                                 Windaroo Lakes Golf Club, Windaroo, QLD

Lee Harrington                              The Golf School, Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD

Kate Dunn                                     The Golf School, Carrara, Gold Coast, QLD



Paul Boxall                                  PGA Centre fior Learning & Performance, Sandhurst, VIC

Paul Christie                               Geelong Golf Club, Geelong, VIC

Tony Collier                                 Golf Victoria, Ballarat District, VIC

Brent Davis                                 PGA Centre for Learning & Performance, Sandhurst, VIC

Brendan Green                           Sandringham Golf Course, Sandringham, VIC

Christian Hamilton                      PGA Centre for Learning & Performance, Sandhurst, VIC

Scott Laycock                             Pakenham & District Golf Club, Pakenham, VIC

Steven Loader                             Rich River Golf Club, Echuca / Moama, VIC

Tony Mills                                    Metung, Gippsland, VIC

Bradley Pitt                                 Mildura District, Mildura, VIC

Matthew Portelli                          Sale Golf Club, Sale, VIC

Robert Rowe                               Corowa Golf Club, Corowa, VIC

Haydn Thompson                       Pakenham & District Golf Club, Pakenham, VIC

Rick Warren                                Sandringham Golf Course, Sandringham, VIC

Scott Wearne                              Keilor Public Golf Course, Keilor, VIC



Adrian Wickstein                           Glenelg Golf Club, Glenelg, SA

Anne Marie Knight                        Adelaide Shores Golf Course, Adelaide, SA

Brian Galvin                                    West Lakes Golf Club, West Lakes, SA

Christopher Crocker                     Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Seaton, SA

Gareth Jones                                  Glenelg Golf Club, Glenelg, SA

Gavin Fontaine                              North Adelaide Golf Club, North Adelaide, SA

Jamie Clutterham                          North Adelaide Golf Club, North Adelaide, SA



Matthew Criss                                Collier Park Golf Course, Perth, WA

Bradley Johnson                            Lakelands Country Club, Gnangara, WA

Rohan Throssell                             Golf Box, Joondalup, WA

Mark Tibbles                                  The Vines Golf Resort, The Vines, WA



Simon Weston                              Golf Tasmania, TAS



Kim Baldwin                                   Seletar Country Club, Singapore


National Disability Support Organisations

Golf Australia works closely with a variety of organisations that exist at state and national level  to assist and support people with a disability who are looking to get involved in golf.

Sport Inclusion Australia
Disability Sports Australia
Blind Golf Australia
Deaf Golf Australia
Amputee Golf Australia
Special Olympics Australia
Transplant Australia

Empower Golf Australia

Golf Australia and its Member Associations are committed to include activities such as coach and administrator training, policy development, research, and resource production with the aim of creating an inclusive environment for all people to participate in.


Golf Rules Modifications

Click here to download a copy of the R&A publication, “A Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities 2012".


Golfers with Disability - Classification

All endorsed events for the GA and EDGA ranking for golfers with disability require golfers to be classified under the GA and EDGA definitions of impairments.

To gain a GA / EDGA pass for approved events, golfers will need to complete and return an application signed by a medical practitioner / physiotherapist. 

Completed applications can be sent to;

Christian Hamilton - National Inclusion Manager

Classification Documentation

GA / EDGA Definitions of Impairment                        GA / EDGA Application for Access Pass


Event Calendar for Golfers with Disability

Golf Australia / EDGA Approved Ranking Events


Event Details
Australian Amputee Open March 27 - 31 2017 - Sanctuary Lakes G.C, VIC
Queensland Amputee Open July 15-16 2017 - Colonial Golf Club, Robina QLD
NSW Amputee Open August 12-13 2017 - Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, NSW
Queensland Inclusive Championships TBC 
ISPS Handa Australian Blind Golf Open October 8/9 2017 - Royal Sydney G.C, Rose Bay, NSW



Event Details
Blind Golf
BGV Victorian Open  March 16/17 2017 - Rosebud CC, VIC
ISPS Handa USA Open April 6/10 2017 - Torres Blanches G.C, Arizona, USA
Australian Stableford Championships May 18/19 2017 - Adelaide Shores G.C, SA
ISPS Handa British Blind Open June 25/29 2017 - Greenore G.C, County Louth, IRELAND 
ISPS Handa Irish Blind Open June 28/ July2 2017 - Nuremore Hotel & C.C, IRELAND
2nd Queensland Open July 17/18 2017 - Virginia GC, Brisbane, QLD
ISPS HANDA Vision Cup July 19/24 2017 - Creston G.C, Creston BC, CANADA
ISPS Handa Canadian Blind Open August 14/18 2017 - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA
WABGA WA Masters September 5/6 2017 - Collier Park G.C, Perth, WA
WA Open September 7/8 2017 - Wembley, Perth, WA
ISPS HANDA Austrian Blind Golf Open September 17/21 2017 - Sussenbrunn G.C, Vienna, AUSTRIA
NSW Open October 5/6 2017 -Bankstown G.C, NSW
ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Open October 8/9 2017 - Royal Sydney G.C, Rose Bay, NSW
Deaf Golf 
Australian Deaf Golf Championships April 23 - 25 2017 - Wollongong G.C, NSW
World Deaf Golf Championship TBA - 2018
Special Olympics 
Special Olympics National Games 20th - 25th October @ Albert Park
SOA 54 Hole Golf Challenge 17th November in Sydney
World Games August 2015 in Los Angeles
Victorian State Games 4th - 6th April @ Freeway Public Golf Course
NSW Autumn State Games 10th - 11th May @ Central Coast, NSW
SOACT Summer Games 22nd - 23rd December @ TBC
Amputee Golf
NSW Amputee Open TBC
New Zealand Amputee Open TBC
Australian Amputee Golf Open  March 27 - 31 2017 - Sanctuary Lakes G.C, VIC
Queensland Amputee Golf Open July 16 - 17 2017 - TBA (Gold Coast)
International Day of People with a Disability December 3 2017
21 July 2017
ALTONA LAKES: Snr Stableford: 9-hole: M Kelly (0) 19. more
21 July 2017
SERPENTINE & DISTRICTS: Mixed Scroungers Stableford: C Ashby 42 P Rodger 40 B McIntosh 30 D Wilson 39 K Roberts 38. Women Stroke: J Boenke 66 J ... more
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