Disabled People


What is disability?

A disability, an impairment or a long term condition which impacts on your ability to complete daily activity. 

The barriers to participation for disabled people can be summarised into 3 areas:

  • Physical – for example, do facilities meet the needs for a disabled persons impairment,
  • Logistical – for example, can disabled people access your facility by public transport,
  • Psychological – for example, do they know what the experience will be like when they get to your facility.

England Golf are working to create more opportunities for groups such as:

  • Deaf and hard of hearing,
  • Learning disability,
  • Physical impairment, amputees, restricted growth and wheelchair golfers,
  • Visually impaired.

Additionally you may have members and visitors at your facility that have long term conditions. Many of these will have a minor impact on their golf and what you offer but in identifying them, could give you an opportunity to recruit through the support networks they access.

To help you understand the barriers that exist at your club it is important that you recognise who of your current membership are. Asking whether or not an individual considers themselves to have a disability on your membership forms is a good place to start.

Guidance on how to do this and how to record the information is available to download at the top of this page.

England Golf recognises how important it is to promote golf as a game for all and have produced a key findings document based on the Golf Club Membership Questionnaire 2014 results. This document is to help clubs and counties understand the current participation of disabled people in golf and to provide advice and recommendations to assist and support clubs in recruiting and retaining disabled participants. Download the document here. 
Additional Resources available through the Clubhouse are support for:
  • Access auditing and improving your physical access, signage and customer experience for disabled people.
  • Case studies and good practice examples of how clubs have connected to provide golf for their local disability groups
  • Recruit and Retain - Tips to improve how you can integrate disabled people into your existing junior or adult activity
  • Resource and information to improve your coaches education to improved disabled peoples experience
  • Insight and research on what disabled people want from golf.
  • England Golf Partnership
  • England Golf Trust
  • Sport England
  • Woodhall Spa
  • Get into Golf
  • GolfMark