1 Adaptive Golf in Barbados Whether disembarking from a cruise ship or flying into Barbados on an all- inclusive holiday to enjoy the sun, sand and sea, there should be something for everyone and that includes golf! Whether you are hearing impaired/deaf, blind , have limited vision, limited mobility or you are an amputee, you can still enjoy golf! Barbados has all the ingredients for a wonderful golf game ..... The Caribbean sun, lush tropical foliage, and aqua sparkling waters...just add a few dashes of friendship and unlimited laughter and you have the recipe for an unforgettable holiday!! The origins of golf are much debated. However it is clearly one of a family of similar ball games that were recorded across medieval Europe, and many of the unique elements of golf evolved in the port towns around eastern Scotland from the medieval period onwards. The National Amputee Golf Association is one of many excellent accessible golf associations who offer adaptive golf programs. The following are an example of tournaments Barbados could potentially host.: • National Senior Invitational Championship – Members over 50 yrs. of age and 36 holes medal Play • National Amputee Invitational Championship – 54 hold medal play. • Celebrity/Amputee Tournament • Assists in planning of the Robinson Cup – Ryder Cup format matches – 2 teams, U.S. and International.
2 Categories of Adaptive GolfLimited MobilityLong after golfers lose the mobility and stamina they once had, they dreamof continuing to play the game they love and THEY CAN!!..... with AdaptiveGolf Carts and adaptive equipment....... thousands of golfers who areenjoying the stable, comfortable and fun way to get back in the game andwhat can be better than a round of golf in beautiful Barbados!!
4 BLIND GOLF - “You don’t have to see it to Tee it”Little did Clint Russell know that when he lost his sight in 1924 thenbegan playing blind golf in 1925, that he would be setting the platformfor the ever-growing and popular game of blind golf.Today there are several sanctioned regional blind golf tournamentswhich alternate locations between the United States and England.Clearly, Barbados could provide a perfect setting for a blind golftournament which could be combined with an inviting package toinclude the so many other wonderful attractions Barbados has to offer.DEAF GOLFKevin Whalley,one of the founders of World Deaf Golf Federationsearched for 8 years for a deaf golf organization before forming ofWDGF in 1995.
5The 1st WDGC was held at Forest of Arden Country Club Resort inMeriden, Warwickshire, England. Fifty-eight golfers from eight countriesmet for the first time and participated in the event. The eight countrieswere Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa,Sweden, and the United States.As with the blind golf, this would be a great opportunity for Barbados to“show the world what it’s got” by proposing to have one or more of thetournaments on it’s beautiful island in the sun.Rules for Golfers with DisabilitiesResourcesNational Amputee Golf Association11 Walnut Hill RdAmherst, NH email@example.com://www.nagagolf.org/www.usblindgolf.comwww.worlddeafgolf.comAdaptive Golf Equipmentwww.uprightgolf.comhttp://www.golf-country.com/adaptive_golf/Adaptive_Golf_Club.htmwww.solorider.com