The England & Wales Blind Golf board of Trustee Directors, would like to announce, that the charity have a new President. It will be, Alec Fernihough of Gaudet Luce Golf Club.
The charity has received 20+ years of unprecedented support from Alec and his club. He has agreed to hold the post for 3 years.
Welcome to the England & Wales Blind Golf Website
We have worked on this website with the aim of making it accessible and useful to both the visually impaired and sighted community, The aim with this site is to inform the sighted community of what Blind Golf is all about and how to get involved, whilst also being a hub for the severely sight impaired that are either involved already or want to get involved.
Using the 4 simple buttons above you can access the About page, the Supporters page, the Players page and the contact page. The about page and contact pages are self explanatory, while the supporters page is where to go if you are looking to get involved, either by donating or offering your time to help with the organisation, the players page is where you need to be if you currently are playing or want to play, there are pages more relevant to you here such as fixtures & results.
At the bottom of the page there is also a master menu, containing links to every page on the site if you would prefer to use that option.
England and Wales Blind golf is a Registered Charity in the UK (Registered Charity Number 1064829)
Who are We?
By the end of today another 250 people will have started to lose their sight. In statistics published back in 2015 more than two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives.
For many this means being unable to do the things that the rest of us take for granted. Imagine not being able to drive, go shopping on your own or even enjoy watching a favourite programme on television. No wonder that despair and depression, particularly amongst visually impaired men is so high, a feeling of having dropped out of society and being regarded negatively by all but very close friends and family.
For a few being able to take up golf has, quite literally, been their salvation with members of the England and Wales Blind Golf association (EWBG) admitting the relief and pleasure it has brought them simply to no longer feel housebound and useless whilst taking part in a sport at a competitive level.
The problem is that not nearly enough people are receiving the message that golf can bring massive benefits: of being able to get out of the house, to take exercise and play a sport. The able bodied get plenty of siren calls to join a golf club, those with disabilities very few.
Yet even those partially sighted men and women that have started to play golf often struggle to find someone to act as their guide. A reticence to ask is often a major reason but not quite as big a factor as no one asking if they could be of help in getting visually handicapped newcomers into the game by volunteering to be their eyes and driving them to their club to make introductions.
Every golf club is obliged to deliver lavatory facilities for the disabled but what, apart from this form of tokenism, is golf doing for the disabled in terms of getting them out onto a golf course? EWBG has known of people withdrawing applications to join simply because they cannot find a guide.
Before the start of next golf season EWBG is targetting all golf clubs and their members to consider what they are doing for visually impaired men and women and ask those they know if they would like to try golf or, if they played it before their sight deteriorated, whether they would like to start playing again.
Over 700,000 people in England and Wales regularly play golf yet the EWBG active membership is jus 40 . As Barry Ritchie, of EWBG, says, ‘The biggest hindrance to playing blind golf is finding a guide. There are a lot of people who would really like to play who can’t.’
The question EWBG wants to answer is, ‘How much are English and Welsh golf clubs and their members prepared to help in order to boost this figure whilst, along the way, making life a lot more enjoyable for visually impaired people?’
Written by Steve Killick
Support England & Wales Blind Golf
As a registered charity it is important that we work closely with the local communities and organisations throughout the year to raise the profile of the sport along with helping to raise the vital funding needed to keep the charity active.
If you feel you have something to offer the charity, whether that is volunteering your time or donating as much or as little as possible to keep the organisation thriving, then please contact us
Cleveland Golf Blind Challenge
Cleveland Golf set out to challenge 3 tour pro’s at a game of Target Practice, but this was no ordinary test of skill, they were up against 3 of the England & Wales Blind Golf’s best and to make it more even, the Tour Pro’s were blind folded.
Chloe Allyn presents the challenge in the below video with Danish Pro Soren Kjeldsen, Irish Pro Shane Lowry and New Zealander Ryan Fox taking on Andy, James and Barry.
(Please note: There is limited commentary on the below video with some sections having none)
How is it played?
Blind Golf may not have been something you have ever thought about, but plenty of people play the game using guides to assist in lining up the shot and giving an idea of the conditions the player has ahead of them.
The video below will give you a brief idea of how the game is played.
Don’t forget you can get involved as a volunteer or as a player at anytime, feel free to contact us to find out more.
Below are links to some organisations that may be of interest to you. These are usually organisations in the golfing world or supporters of the charity. Clicking the image will take you to their site in a new browser window.