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 (USBGA) is an organization for blind and visually impaired (B&VI) individuals to learn, compete and challenge other B&VI members to the game of golf. Golf tournaments are hosted throughout the United States.
The USBGA strives to increase public awareness of B&VI golf by conducting youth and adult clinics across the country, teaching blind, visually impaired and other challenged individuals to learn the skills, values, social aspects and opportunities that golfing provides.
Blind golf is played strictly to the Rules of Golf produced by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A). Together the USGA and the R&A have released an updated 2023 Rules of Golf.
Competitions can be played off scratch within each sight classification or off handicap across all sight classifications. The IBGA has developed a Handicap Scheme that is utilized by all member associations and is used for IBGA sanctioned tournaments and 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