Adaptive golf carts
If you have limited mobility, DCR's golf courses offer specialized single-rider golf carts that you can rent to use on the driving range or the green. There are two types of carts available: the ParaGolfer power wheelchair and the SoloRider single-user golf cart.
The ParaGolfer is an all-terrain power wheelchair that raises golfers into a standing position, allowing for unrestricted shoulder movement and a more conventional golf swing. The ParaGolfer features a quick-adjust seat with a 10-second stand-up function, a luggage bin, and a golf bag holder. This golfing wheelchair is regularly used by people with high level spinal cord injuries, but can be used by anyone with mobility or stability limitations.
The ParaGolfer is navigated with a joystick and can reach speeds of 6 mph. Because the ParaGolfer handles differently than conventional golf carts, you will need to be trained before you can use the ParaGolfer on the course. The training will teach you how to drive the wheelchair, make personal adjustments, and golf using the wheelchair. Training is offered by the Massachusetts ParaGolfers Association and Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers at both DCR golf courses. You can schedule a training by contacting Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course or Ponkapoag Golf Course.
The SoloRider is a single-user golf cart that is operated with hand controls, and that can be operated with one hand. The pivoting seat has turns 230 degrees and lifts you up to 12 inches, letting you swing from a seated or lifted position. The SoloRider can reach speeds of up to 13 mph, and features a golf bag holder and cup holders.
Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course and Ponkapoag Golf Course each have 2 Paragolfers and 1 SoloRider. DCR green fees and cart rentals apply. Please contact the golf course directly to reserve a cart or to schedule a ParaGolfer training.
Adaptive golf programs
Several organizations offer programs for people with disabilities to learn and play golf at DCR golf courses. Contact the organization of your choice to get involved, or contact the Universal Access Program for more information.
The Massachusetts ParaGolfer Association (MPGA) promotes recreational and competitive adaptive golf for players with visual impairments, amputations, loss of mobility, and spinal cord injuries. The MPGA also hosts adaptive golf tournaments. For more information or to schedule a round of golf, contact Steve Kuketz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 889-7581.
Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers Back In the Swing golf series works on fundamental golf skills to learn golf for the first time, or get back to the game. All abilities are welcome. Visit Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers' online calendar to see upcoming programs, or get in touch with them at email@example.com or at (877) 976-7272.
Golf for All runs year-round programming for veterans, people with autism, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, cerebral palsy, golfers with amputations, golfers with visual impairments, and more. Golf instruction is tailored to suit the specific needs of each participant and is taught by PGA Professionals who have successfully completed a certification process for teaching golfers with adaptive needs. Golfers of all abilities and gender are welcomed, and no previous experience is necessary. During each clinic, golfers are provided with instruction, balls, adaptive equipment and vehicles, as needed. For a list of upcoming programs, visit Golf for All's event calendar. For more information, contact Fred Corcoran, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 600-4673.
The Salute Military Golf Association provides rehabilitative golf programs for post 9/11 wounded war veterans. Eligible veterans and service members include those wounded or injured in post 9/11 military operations, including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For information on memberships and clinics, contact Operations Director Jerry Shanahan at email@example.com or 978-758-0011.
|Date published:||April 1, 2019|
|Last updated:||April 1, 2019|