Anyone who ever thought that people with disabilities can’t play golf thought wrong. The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute offers a comprehensive adapted golf program, allowing participants with disabilities to get out on the green and enjoy the game too. We encourage our players to also bring along a buddy with disabilities to play and learn the game.
In partnership with Forest Park Golf Course, the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute offers two spring golf clinics, followed by weekly golf outings on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer months. The season culminates with a “Mix and Mingle” golf tournament in the Fall, which pairs a golfer with a disability and a golfer without a disability together for a day of fun and friendly competition. There are many assistive devices available; Solo golf carts with swivel seats are used, allowing players to hit from the seated position, as well as golf clubs with flexible shafts and gripping aids.
The golf program is open to players over the age of 15. There is no charge for the clinic and discounted tee times are offered through Forest Park Golf Course for practice play.
"The outcomes of adapted golf are amazing," said Pam Cauley, adapted golf program coordinator. "Some players report that it helps with their balance. It also gives people a social outlet that builds self-esteem and confidence. We have a wonderful partner in Forest Park Golf Course; they provide resources and let us play at our own pace so that we can learn and have fun."
Registration is now open for UM Rehab's 2016 Adapted Golf Clinics. For more information, click here.
For further information about the adapted golf program, and to register for the next clinic, please call Pam Cauley, CTRS, at 410-448-6320.