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Welcome to International Blind Golf Association [IBGA]

Photo of Blind Golfer Driving off TeeAlthough there have been blind golf tournaments held since the early 1950's the International Blind Golf Association was officially founded in 1998. This came about through the efforts of Dr. Haruhisa Handa (now Honorary President of IBGA) who arranged meetings in Australia and the United States which resulted in bringing together six countries that were each following their own programme. The number of member countries has grown steadily ever since, allowing for a growth in the participation of sight impaired golfers in tournaments all around the world

Currently there are over 400 registered IBGA players and many more playing who are not yet registered. The number is growing all the time.


Blind Golf Explained

Photo of Blind Golfer with Coach at Tee 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.


Honorary President

Photo of Honorary President Dr Handa Dr Haruhisa Handa is the first Japanese to be appointed to the post of vice president at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), UK oldest and largest charity, in recognition of longstanding contributions to blind welfare. He is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Association for the Blind of Western Australia.

Dr Handa established the first Blind Golf Club in Japan in 1988, and is known to many in Japan as the "Father of Blind Golf". He serves as Honorary Chairman of the Japanese Blind Golf Association (NPO) and Honorary President of the International Blind Golf Association.


Member Countries

Photo of Blind Golf Association Members Dinner Members of IBGA are now spread right around the world on all continents after the forging in 1998 of an association of six countries starting with Australia and the United States. With the advent of that association Blind Golf grew in popularity and is now not only played in more countries but those countries are experiencing the excitement of having Blind Golf Tournaments organised there-in with the support of the IBGA.

The Blind Golf Association Member Countries enjoy a growing database of players and supporter including Coaches and Volunteers and appreciate the opportunity to get together at official functions.

R&A Women in Golf Charter

The IBGA fully supports the R&A Women in Golf Charter and is committed to increasing the number of women and girls involved in the various aspects of blind golf, including playing, guiding and administering. We encourage all of our member associations to do likewise.


Latest News and Events

The latest news and events including the results of recent tournaments can be enjoyed on the pages of the website.


ISPS Handa 2024 Australian Blind Golf Open

1st August - 2nd August 2024, Emerald Lakes Gold Club; Carrara QLD


ISPS Handa 2024 South African and Goldfields Blind Golf Open

7 - 11 October 2024; Goldfields West Golf Club in Carletonville, Gauteng Province SA

Information now available on the website.

ISPS Handa 2024 Australian Blind Golf Open

1st August - 2nd August 2024, Emerald Lakes Gold Club; Carrara QLD

Information now available on the website.

ISPS Handa 2024 US Blind Golf Open

April 14 thru April 18 2024, Green Island CC, Columbus, Georgia

ISPS Handa 2024 Spanish Open Results Online

May 19th - 23rd 2024, Rota, Cadiz, Spain

Brian MacLeod 2024 Nova Scotia Open

September 9th-11th, 2024, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Information and Entry Forms are now available on the website.

2024 ISPS Handa Canadian Blind Golf Open

6th-12th July 2024, St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino, Cranbrook BC, Canada

Information Sheet and Entry Forms to the 2024 Canadian Championships and the Mutual Fire Insurance Western Canadian Blind Golf Championships are now available online.

2023 ISPS Handa Canadian Blind Golf Open Results

August 20th to 25th, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Results are now online.

2023 ISPS Handa Irish Blind Golf Open Results

10th-14th September 2023, MOUNT WOLSELEY HOTEL; Spa and Golf Resort - Tullow, Co Carlow, Ireland

Results are now online.


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