IBGA Blind Golfer

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Blind Golf

How is Blind Golf Played Photo of Blind Golfer at TeeBlind 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. Each player has a sighted coach/guide who describes the hole, helps with club selection and then ensures that the club head is directly behind the ball. From then on it's down to the blind golfers' swing.

There are three categories of blind golfer determined by the individual's level of sight - B1, B2, B3. You can download a sight classification form from this site.

Blind golf is played all over the world. There are currently fifteen national associations that organise events in their country. In addition the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) sponsors open tournaments in Australia, Canada, Great Britiain, Italy, Japan, Austria, Ireland, South Africa and the USA.

The IBGA World Blind Golf Championships take place every two years. The latest were held in Rome, in October 2018 and the next will take place in Cape Town in October 2021.

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.

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