Modified Rules for Players with a Disability
As part of their governance of the game through writing and interpreting the Rules of Golf, the USGA and The R&A (in consultation with Golf Australia) have authorized a set of ‘Modified Rules for Players with Disabilities’. These Modified Rules only apply if adopted by the Committee in charge of a competition. They do not apply automatically to every competition involving players with disabilities. It is up to each Committee to decide whether to adopt any of these Modified Rules for its own competitions. (Note: Golf Australia has adopted these Modified Rules for all national and state amateur championships. We encourage all clubs to also adopt these Modified Rules for all events.) The goal of these Modified Rules is to allow a player with a disability to play fairly with players who have no disabilities, the same disability or different types of disabilities. The USGA and The R&A have received valuable input from the community of players with disabilities, disability organizations and other sources to identify modifications that are fair and appropriate from all perspectives. From a practical standpoint, players with certain disabilities often have the same or similar needs. Four such categories of disability have been identified: • Players who are blind, • Players who are amputees, • Players who use assistive mobility devices, and • Players with intellectual disabilities. The Modified Rules adapt the Rules of Golf for these categories of disability. CLICK HERE to access the Modified Rules.
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