Golf Inclusion Monthly

March 2023


Your source for news, stories and education related to increasing participation of people with disabilities in the game of golf.

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The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is the industry leader in inclusion— working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game of golf and is represented by major golf, recreation and therapeutic organizations across the country.

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By Dave Barton, PGA & Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA - Imagine Cheryl’s surprise when she invited her best friend Emily from college to visit and play golf at a prestigious private club she joined. Upon arrival at the course, the friends realized some unanticipated challenges while trying to access areas of the golf club and the golf course.  Emily entered the Army after college and while bravely serving in the Middle East, was paralyzed from the waist down due to an improvised explosive device ... She had never played golf until years after her military career ended, when fellow veterans steered her toward a program designed to help veterans learn the game.  Read More

Curious how an Accessible Website works? Click HERE or visit to interact with the accessiBe demo website. No log in is required! Just visit and click the accessibility icon and experience what your future customers will experience. Then click the ad above or contact us at if we can guide you towards this step that shows your golf course or organization is welcoming to all!

Re-creating Recreation Conference

Els for Autism - March 23 - 25, 2023

Source: - The Autism Innovations and Global Impact Conference: RE-creating RECREATION as a Supplemental Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder will convene on March 23 & 24, 2023. The location of the conference is – The Els Center of Excellence® campus in Jupiter, Florida. The conference will provide tools and best practices for organizations, providers, and practitioners interested in initiating or expanding recreation services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Click HERE for More Info and to Register!

Families of Injured Heroes are Heroes Too

By Rich O'Brien - Humberto Reyna served eight years as a North Carolina Highway Patrol. He was a key liaison for the NCHP in the Latino community. After high school he had married his high school sweetheart, Kay, and the couple had three children.

His life and that of his family were forever changed, however, on November 23rd, 2009, a rainy, road slickened day. Trooper Reyna was investigating a collision when he was rear-ended by a car that had lost control and had hydroplaned in the wet conditions at 75 MPH. The force of the impact crushed the back of Humberto's patrol car like an accordion while he was in the front seat. Read More

Congratulations to Thomas Cleek!

On behalf of The National Alliance for Accessible Golf and as a Member of the PGA of America, congratulations to Thomas Cleek for being accepted to the PGM Associates Program as he begins his journey towards PGA Membership. Thomas is an Alliance Advisory Board Member representing Special Olympics North America and his passion for the game of golf is is second to none! Good luck Thomas! Dave Barton, PGA, Executive Director

Does Your Course Provide an Accessibility Statement?

The National Alliance provides an Accessibility Statement “template” as a sample policy that may be adapted and used to publish your specific facility policies and help foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities. We encourage you to visit our RESOURCES and get started today. Communication is Job #1! Should you have any questions regarding the ADA and access to your facility, contact us at and we will be happy to assist!

Starting a Program for Individuals with Disabilities - A Checklist

Things to Consider for Success

By the Alliance: Are you thinking about starting a golf program to help individuals with disabilities learn to play golf? Perhaps you are a therapeutic specialist and want to incorporate golf into your treatment plan for your patients. You could also be a family member or a friend of an individual with a disability and a program such as this does not exist in your area and you are looking to facilitate that very effort? Whatever the reasons, it can be a fantastic journey for you, the instructors, the volunteers and most importantly, the golfers. But, there are some things you need to know to maximize your chances of success. Read More and Access the Checklist HERE

Access and Inclusion in the News

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