When a Blind or Visually Impaired person is introduced to competitive golf, barriers disappear.
Our Members journeys fuel our mission.
Our Jr Golf clinics and lessons leave a lasting imprint.
Membership provides Blind & Visually Impaired golfers to complete with others in the same sight categories.
Since 1953 the USBGA has served the Blind & Visually Impaired community
we strive to grow the sport by offering clinics to blind and visually impaired people and teach them the sport of blind golf.
The United States Blind Golf Association is an organization for individuals with visual impairments to learn, compete and challenge the game of golf. Through youth and adult clinics and Championship tournaments, we bring skills, values and opportunities that make a lifelong difference.
Blind Golf is played strictly to the Rules of Golf produced by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) and United States Golf Association (USGA). They have published “A Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities”. This allows blind golfers to ground their club in a hazard and their coach/guide to stand on the line of the shot without penalty while the shot is played.
Competitions can be played off scratch within each sight category or off handicap across all sight categories. The IBGA has developed a Handicap Scheme that is operated by all member associations and is used for international competition.
We show results that are measurable. Since the inception of our Junior Golf program in 1992, over 5,000 children and adults have been introduced to the joys and social interactions around blind and vision-impaired golf.
Blind Golf Tournaments are the peak of achievement for blind and visually impaired golfers. When a blind or visually impaired person is introduced to the game of golf, labels and barriers disappear. Goals are attained. Accomplishments are earned.
Each one of our members has a story to share about how they faced overwhelming challenges in life. Once they set their minds to it, they found a way to overcome these challenges through strength and determination. They found their way to inspire and succeed!
“Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.”Arnlold Palmer
“I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off of anyone’s game. It’s called an Eraser.”Arnlold Palmer
“A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.”Gary Player
“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”Ben Hogan
“The most important shot in golf is the next one.”Ben Hogan