Adaptive golf equipment and programs

Learn about specialized golf carts and adaptive golfing programs offered at Massachusetts state-owned golf courses.

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Two men are using ParaGolfers on the green, close to the hole. A third man is watches from a conventional power wheelchair. One golfer is raised up in his chair and is lining up his putter with a golf ball, towards the hole. The other golfer behind him is also raised in his chair, with a golf ball on the green in front of him. Both golfers have golf bags hanging off of the side of their ParaGolfers.

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.

A man is using a ParaGolfer at the driving range. The ParaGolfer has a triangular base with two wheels in the front and one in the back. The seat is mounted on a hinged frame that can be raised. The man using the Paragolfer is strapped into ths seat with a harness, and is raised up to a standing position. His golf club is swung over his shoulder. he is looking down the driving range.
The ParaGolfer raises you to a standing position to swing.

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.  

A SoloRider golf cart is sitting on the grass, with a bag of golf clubs resting in a rack on the hood. The cart has four wheels, and a flat smooth area between the front of the cart and the rear. The cart has two hand controls mounted on a column that extends from the hood. The seat is padded, with arm rests that swing up. The seat is turned so that it is facing 90 degrees away from the front of the cart.
The SoloRider lets you pivot to swing from your seat.

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 steve.kuketz@comcast.net or (508) 889-7581.

A group of people is standing on the driving range, driving golf balls. Several other people are standing behind them, watching and offering advice. one of the golfers is using a ParaGolfer to hold him upright while he swings. The reflection of a wheelchair, a service dog, and another ParaGolfe user are visible in the side of the ParaGolfer.
Get back into the game or try golf for the first time with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers.

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 spauldingadaptivesports@partners.org or at (877) 976-7272.

 

A group of about a dozen people is standing on a putting green. There is a rope on the green laid out in a V shape, with the hole at the tip of the V. Golfers are putting into the rope area using colorful golf clubs and golf balls.
Enjoy golf instruction with your family and friends at a Golf for All clinic.

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 fredcorc@golfforall.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 jerrys@smgaboston.org or 978-758-0011.

Contact

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(413) 545-5995

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PO Box 484
Amherst, MA 01004
Date published: April 1, 2019
Last updated: April 1, 2019
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