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Darwin Come and Try Day 19 October
October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ACSTFree
Inviting all blind and low vision thrill-seekers of the Northern Territory to Darwin’s first ever blind golf come and try event at Darwin Golf Club on Wednesday October 19 at 2PM.
Experience the thrill of playing golf and enjoy the benefits of a healthy golfing lifestyle, regardless of your level of vision or eyesight condition.
Registration is completely free, all equipment is provided and bookings can be made by phoning the Darwin Golf Club on (08) 8927 1322.
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Darwin blind and low vision thrill-seekers ready to play golf
Darwin residents who are blind or have limited sight will soon have an opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of golf thanks to the Come and Try Blind Golf day to be held at Darwin Golf Club on October 19.
World Blind Golf, a new Australian-based charity, in conjunction with Darwin Golf Club will welcome everyone who has any issues with their vision to attend a free session with the club pro Rob Dehne PGA on the practice green starting at 2pm on Wednesday October 19.
According to World Blind Golf CEO, Mr Neil Herdegen, golf is an ideal sport for people with vision issues as golf has many elements which make it ideally suitable for people with any type of disability, especially those who are blind or have limited eyesight.
“Golf is one of the very few sports which uses a stationary ball – the ball just gets in the way of the club when you take a swing, and there you go!” he said.
According to Mr Herdegen, who is also a golfer with limited vision and a Golf Australia Community Golf Coach, inclusive blind golf provides a great way to meet new friends and be part of a growing, vibrant and well-supported World Blind Golf community that now spans the globe.
“Players now have a regular opportunity to connect with fellow blind golfers, their caddies and be part of their local golf club.”
“The social and community participation opportunities provided by blind golf cannot be under estimated – inclusive golf is changing lives for the better around the world” he said.
Blind Golf players are assisted on the course according to their needs. Blind Golfers play with a volunteer caddy who is tasked with aligning the head of their golf club to the golf ball and helping the player navigate the course.
“If you are blind or have less than great sight, it’s a perfect time to take up the support – we now have the support of many golf clubs and golf organisations, there’s a huge awareness of the needs of blind golfers within our affiliated golf clubs and we’re also now the beneficiaries of amazing technology which provides our golfers with a lot of independence while playing golf” said Mr Herdegen.
“We use many types of golf gadgets including small talking GPS units which speak the distance to the flag on each hole – it can really help some golfers, it’s now possible to know where you are at all times when you’re playing golf”
Bookings for the free come and try golf day can be made by phoning the Darwin Golf Club Pro Shop on (08) 8927 1322. All golf equipment will be supplied.