COVID-19 Golf NB

Mandatory Order continues to limit Provincial Championships

For Immediate Release:

FREDERICTON, NB – In accordance with the Golf NB COVID-19 Tournament Protocols and the current New Brunswick Provincial Mandatory Order, it is with deep regret that Golf NB announces the CANCELLATION of both the 2021 NB Under-13 & Under-15 Championship scheduled to be held on June 19th-20th at the Gage Golf & Curling Club and the 2021 East Coast Junior Championship scheduled for June 29th-30th at the Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club. 

Given the current restrictions surrounding competitions as outlined in the Provincial Mandatory Order, Golf NB is complying with the order to protect our players, volunteers, and staff. We strongly support the efforts of the Province of New Brunswick and its Public Health authorities in making the safety and well-being of New Brunswickers of paramount importance.

Golf NB continues to explore the possibility of again holding the Under-13 & Under-15 Championship in conjunction with the Under-19 Championship, scheduled for July 17th-19th at the Hampton Golf Course.

Golf NB has and will continue to follow the directives from the Province of New Brunswick and continue to plan to conduct the remainder of our 2021 championship schedule while balancing the needs of our competitors and host venues to the best of our ability.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 46 partner facilities and 6,600 individual members include provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and junior golf development programs.

Golf NB Grow The Game

Golf NB Announces the creation of the Golf NB Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program

For Immediate Release:

FREDERICTON, NB- Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is pleased to announce the creation of the 2021 Golf NB Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program to help support the development of club-level junior golf programs in New Brunswick. The mandate of the Golf NB Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program is to support club-based junior golf initiatives and programs that will have a significant impact on growing the game of golf in New Brunswick. 
 

Golf NB Junior & Player Development Chair, Evan McFarlane, “The unveiling of this program is an exciting development for junior golf in the province. In an era where golf is booming, we are thrilled to offer this Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program to all of our member clubs and encourage them all to implement this new program.”

The launch of the Golf NB Junior Skills Subsidy Program represents a collaboration between Golf NB, Golf Canada and their partner facilities. The Junior Skills Challenge Program is an interactive program and resource to assist junior golfers to reach their highest potential.

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 46 partner facilities and 6,600 individual members include provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and junior golf development programs.

Fox Creek Golf NB

Fox Creek Golf Club goes private, offering enhanced member experience

By transitioning to a private, member-only facility, Fox Creek will offer faster rounds, better conditions and community-like approach for avid golfers in Southeastern New Brunswick.

Matchplay Golf | Dieppe, NB— Fox Creek Golf Club, the top-ranked golf facility in the Dieppe and Moncton area is becoming a private, member-only facility for the 2021 season.

“Since it opened in 2005, Fox Creek has been regarded as the best golfing option in our region, and that’s something we’re very proud of,” said Dennis LeBlanc, President of Fox Creek. “With the increased demand for golf during the pandemic, we felt the time was appropriate to transition Fox Creek into a member club that would offer easier access to the tee, enhanced conditions that come with a private club, and a member-only lounge in the clubhouse.”

While most courses in the region are open to the public golfer, members at those clubs compete with daily fee players for access to the tee, and crowded courses provide slower rounds and diminished conditions. By going private, Fox Creek will be limited to member-only play, with no public access and very limited outside events, allowing pace of play to be faster and offer improved conditions. Members at Fox Creek will be part of a community of golfers who celebrate the best the game has to offer. Members at the club will also have access to the club’s practice facility and instruction under Louis Melanson, who is a multiple winner of the Atlantic PGA of Canada Coach of the Year award, as well as his team of PGA of Canada Professionals. St. James Gate, the club’s award-winning restaurant, will remain open for public access.

“We’ve had a great group of golfers at Fox Creek for years, but making the club a members-only facility will really enhance the experience for those playing the course,” says Melanson, the club’s General Manager. “The offering of a new lounge and bar for members, plus having ready access to a top course and practice facility will really make this attractive to golfers who are looking for an alternative.”

Fox Creek has already had significant interest in its membership model, which is expected to be limited to 360 members.

“Our member model will create a community of Fox Creek members, but will allow them access to the tee, and the ability to practice and use the clubhouse at their discretion,” says LeBlanc. “We think this is an exciting opportunity for golfers in Dieppe and Moncton, and are excited to welcome members to the club in coming weeks.”

For more information contact:

Louis Melanson, General Manager Phone: (506) 859-4653
E-mail: louis@foxcreekgolfclub.ca

Website: www.foxcreekgolfclub.ca

About Fox Creek Golf Club: Created by the LeBlanc family with a goal of creating a world-class golf and residential com- munity in Dieppe, Fox Creek has been regularly ranked in SCOREGolf’s Top 59 public courses in Canada, and has hosted the likes of former world Top 10 player Paul Casey, and Players Championship winner Stephen Ames. Fox Creek became a private member-only club in 2021.

Golf NB Job Opportunity

Petitcodiac Valley Golf & Country Club – Job Opportunity

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is excited to share the following job opportunity with one of our Partner Facilities.
Petitcodiac Valley Golf & Country Club is looking for a dynamic, passionate, and competent person to join the ranks of our team as Director of Golf Operations & Member Services.

This a permanent part-time position for the golf season. (April 1st to Oct 31st)   The director of golf operations will work alongside a team of experienced and dedicated employees to ensure the golf experience at Petitcodiac Valley is a satisfying experience whether you are a member, a green fee visitor, or a business tournament organizer. Working to oversee the golf retail, the practice facility, coordinating tournaments, adhering to a budget, providing leadership, and assisting where needed in the daily operation of our golf course.

Interested Applicants are encouraged to contact:

Sharon Case
Office Administration
Petitcodiac Valley Golf & Country Club
pvgcc@petitcodiacvalleygolf.ca 

Golf NB Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Golf NB

On behalf of all of the Volunteers & Staff of Golf New Brunswick, we would like to wish you and your families a very joyful Holiday Season and all the best for a successful, happy and healthy 2021!

Golf NB Holiday Office Closure
Tuesday, December 22, 2020, from 2:00 pm  to Monday, January 4, 2021, at 9:00 am
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Golf Canada Golf NB

'We Are Golf' releases Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)

2019 We Are Golf - Economic Impact Study
2019 We Are Golf

The Canadian golf industry generated $18.2B in economic benefits across our nation in 2019, according to a recent economic analysis conducted by Group ATN Consulting Inc. on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).

According to The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019), the Canadian golf industry employs the equivalent of nearly 249,000 people through direct and spin-off effects and contributed to $10.6B in household income. The industry also contributed $4.5B in government tax revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial) used to support a variety of programs for all Canadians.

Based on nationwide surveys completed by golfers and golf course operators in 10 provinces and three territories along with multiple industry data sources, The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) is a follow up to previous comprehensive and independent assessment studies (2014, 2009) of the economic impact of the golf industry in Canada. The $18.2B economic impact of golf represents a 14% increase in contribution to Canada’s GDP between 2013 and 2019.

The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) further reinforces the enormous financial, employment, charitable, tourism and positive environmental impact that the sport and the business of golf are affecting across Canada,” said Laurence Applebaum, Chair of We Are Golf and CEO of Golf Canada. “This third iteration of the study provides the golf industry with a powerful snapshot of the scale and magnitude that our sport has on the Canadian economy and within the communities where we live, work and play.”

The study presents economic insights for each of the 10 provinces and three territories from coast to coast. Also captured in the report are comparisons to international economic insights from select countries and regions including the United States, European Union, and Australia.

The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) was conducted on behalf of We Are Golf by Group ATN Consulting Inc., a world leader in economic development and analysis for communities, regions, and industries. Group ATN previously conducted the 2014 and 2009 Canadian Golf Economic Impact Studies (based on 2013 and 2008 data respectively) which have allowed the Canadian golf industry to benchmark the game’s economic impact over five-year periods.

“Every industry has its own unique circumstances to allow for, and the ability to repeat the same application of our model for Canadian golf is a significant advantage,” said Tom McGuire, Principal with Group ATN Consulting. “Beyond consistency, we have also been able to further improve certain aspects based upon learnings from the prior studies we did for the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).”

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GOLF IN CANADA (2019)

The game of golf accounts for an estimated $18.2B of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is up 14% from the $15.9B reported in 2014*. Included within the 2019 economic impact:


*Note that 2014 figures are adjusted by the consumer price index and reported as current dollars.


Additional Insights from The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)

Although released in 2020, The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) does not factor in the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian golf industry.

“Establishing a baseline for the economic impact of our sport measured against pre-2020 Covid-19 spending is an important benchmark consideration for the integrity and continuity of the study,” added Applebaum. “Based on what we learned through the 2020 season, the safety of golf through this pandemic and the potential for a lift in participation and spending on the game, we are optimistic in looking ahead.”

An executive summary along with a complete report outlining the results of The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) is available by clicking here or by visiting any of the We Are Golf partner websites.

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Golf NB Scholarships

Golf NB Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

For Immediate Release: Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is excited to announce its 2020 Scholarship Award Recipients. The annually awarded University Scholarships are provided to deserving members of Golf NB, to be used towards the cost of tuition at any recognized University or College. These awards include the “NBGA 50th Anniversary Scholarship” for male golfers, the “NBLGA 50th Anniversary Scholarship” for female golfers, and the “John Patrick Sears Golf Scholarship” which is open to both genders and is renewable annually. Chaired by New Brunswick Golf Associations (Golf NB) and Golf Canada (RCGA) Past President, Dr. Doug Brewer of the Fredericton Golf Club, the Golf NB Scholarship Committee evaluated applicants on three main awards criteria; Academic Performance, Competitive Golf Experience and Extracurricular Involvement & Giving Back to the Game of Golf. Typically the winners are announced at the Golf NB Annual Awards Banquet & Silent Auction, however, due to COVID-19, the 2020 Golf NB Annual Awards Banquet & Silent Auction did not take place. Golf NB looks forward to the opportunity to resume our Golf NB Annual Awards Banquet & Silent Auction in 2021 once it is safe to do so. With that, Golf NB is pleased to announce the 2020 Golf NB Scholarship Awards Recipients; NBLGA 50th Anniversary Scholarship

John Patrick Sears Golf Scholarship Golf NB would like to congratulate each of its 2020 scholarship recipients and wish each of the winners a very successful 2020 / 2021 Academic Year.   Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not for profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 10,000 members include: 12 provincial events, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, junior golf development programs and member club marketing initiatives.]]>

Golf NB

Province of New Brunswick Implements Mandatory Masks

  • public spaces where the public and employees interact (retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, restaurants and bars except while eating, etc.) and organized indoor gatherings in public spaces (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc.);
  • Continuous mask use is still required in seated venues with one metre physical distancing. Previously existing mask policies continue to apply in hospitals, health care settings, public schools and early childhood learning facilities. As approved by the Pandemic Task Force, children under two are exempt from wearing masks, as well as those with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. We please ask that you are patient with clubs and staff as they implement new procedures that prioritize your safety and well being. For More Information, please CLICK HERE]]>

    Golf NB Player of the Year

    Golf New Brunswick Announces 2020 Player of the Year Champions

    For Immediate Release:

    Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is pleased to announce the 2020 Golf NB Players of the Year.  The Player of the Year (POY) is a ranking system that awards points to players based on tournament results throughout the golfing year. It is designed to promote golf development through competition and celebrate the individual achievements of golfers in New Brunswick.

    NB Men’s Player of the Year Alex Palmer The Riverside Country Club

    2020 proved to be a successful campaign and once again a year filled with silverware for The Riverside’s Alex Palmer. An impressive stretch of play over three days at the NB Men’s Amateur Championship saw Palmer capture his second provincial amateur title. Palmer would rattle off a top 5 finish at the Mactaquac Invitational prior to securing his second victory of the year at the Fredericton Open where he would come out victorious to claim his second TaylorMade NB Men’s Player of the Year crown.

    Building off of his impressive 2019 season and the Taylormade NB Men’s Player of the Year crown, Country Meadows’ Stu Musgrave participated in all five of Golf NB’s Player of the Year events and finished the season 8.0 points back of champion, Alex Palmer.

    In third position is Darren Roach of The Riverside Country Club.  Roach would record a second-place finish at the NB Men’s Amateur Championship to amass a season total of points 56.0. For more information on the TaylorMade NB Men’s Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE

    NB Ladies Player of the Year Maureen O’Donnell Fredericton Golf Club

    A familiar name sits atop the 2020 Royale NB Ladies Player of the Year standings as Maureen O’Donnell of the Fredericton Golf Club compiled 106.0 points on route to her first Royale NB Ladies Player of the Year Championship. O’Donnell finished the 2020 season with two victories and 5 top-10 finishes as she competed in a full eight-event schedule, 2.5 points clear of Paula Napke-Flanagan of the Miramichi Golf & Country Club. Napke-Flanagan locked down second position thanks to her successful run of play which included, 6 top 10 finishes. In third position is Country Meadows’ Sandy Comeau. Comeau would finish with 99.5 Ladies POY points after competing in all eight events. For more information on the Royale NB Ladies Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE

    NB Senior Men’s Player of the Year Dan Coulombe West Hills 

    A top-five machine in 2020, West Hills’ Dan Coulombe would finish inside the top-five finish in each of the five MCT Insurance Senior Men’s Player of the Year events in which he competed.  A second-place finish at the NB Senior Men’s Championship in July and a victory at the Fredericton Open would vault him into the lead entering the final weeks of the season.  His total of 168.0 Senior Player of the Year points would see him edge out fellow clubmate, Bob Brown who recorded 154.5 points. Brown, who finished 4th at the NB Senior Men’s Championships, would also claim a victory at the Hampton Senior Invitational along with five top 5 finishes and three top 10’s to lock down the second position in the season-long series. In third position is 2019 NB Super-Senior Champion, Sonny Phillips of the Fredericton Golf Club.  Phillips would secure POY Points in 11 of the season’s 16 events on his way to 153.9 points. For more information on the MCT Insurance NB Senior Men’s Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE

    Golf NB Junior Girl’s Player of the Year Mackenzie Deveau Royal Oaks Golf Club

    Royal Oaks’ Mackenzie Deveau had a triumphant 2020 season as she successfully cruised to her first Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year crown.  Deveau proved to be a big game performer carding two victories at the MJT Series at Royal Oaks and the 2020 MJT Humber College PGM Atlantic Championships at Fox Harbour in addition to consecutive top-five finishes at the NB Junior Girls Championship and MJT Series at Ken Wo.  A season-high 93.9 points secured a comfortable 54 point victory in the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge.

    Finishing behind Deveau in the points race is clubmate, Stéphanie Roy who’s victory in the NB Junior Girls Juvenile division saw her finish the season 39.9 points.

    Rounding out the top-3 in the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge would be The Riverside’s Addison McClune. An impressive run of play throughout the 2020 season would see McClune finish with 33.0 points, 6.9 points behind Roy as she recorded a victory in the 2020 NB Junior Girls Bantam Division. For more information on the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE

    Golf NB Junior Boy’s Player of the Year Daniel Kirby JH Sports

     For a player who has become synonymous with junior golf in New Brunswick, 2020 was no different for Daniel Kirby of JH Sports, and the Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club as the Woodstock native would go on to win his third consecutive Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Player of the Year title.

    Kirby would finish the 2020 Junior POY season with three victories and one top 10 finish, which included his impressive win at the 2020 NB Junior Boys Under-19 Championships at Royal Oaks. A successful 2020 campaign saw Kirby finish with 139.0 points, 27.0 points better than Felix Boucher of Fox Creek.

    Boucher who has had a consistent presence on the Junior POY leaderboard over the years edged out clubmate Julien Babineau by 10.0 points to secure second place in the Dormie Workshop-Golf NB Junior Player of the Year Challenge.

    For more information on the Dormie Workshopolf NB Junior Girls Player of the Year Challenge – CLICK HERE

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    Golf NB Invictus Games

    Ideas to make your course more accessible

    A contestant lines up a putt during the Invictus Games golf competition at St. Georges Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario, September 26, 2017. The first Invictus Games, based on the Paralympic Games, were held in September 2014 in London. They were launched by Prince Harry, who served with the British Army in Afghanistan. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images)

    Making your club more welcoming and accessible Jan Bel Jan, of Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design, is president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and an advocate for golfers with a disability. “People with disabilities are people first. Each of us knows someone who has difficulty with access, due to a congenital condition or because they have lost some ability because of illness, injury or age,” said Bel Jan. “The opportunity to enjoy golf provides wonderful social, recreational and healthful experiences for everyone. A welcoming and accessible golf facility can benefit economically through increased food and beverage, pro-shop sales and fees, as well as from the satisfaction of providing a valuable service.” Obstacles can present barriers to people with disabilities in many aspects of their lives. Bel Jan believes the biggest obstacle may be that we are not comfortable in knowing how to treat people with disabilities. It is essential that everyone at a golf facility be trained to be aware of a person with a disability and to feel comfortable assisting them. When in doubt, Bel Jan encourages using common customer courtesy. Because degrees of impairments vary, she suggests asking people with a disability if they need help before attempting to assist them, and then asking how you may assist. For formal training, Bel Jan has found that coaching done by people who have disabilities can be helpful.

    “The opportunity to enjoy golf provides wonderful social, recreational and healthful experiences for everyone. A welcoming and accessible golf facility can benefit economically through increased food and beverage, pro-shop sales and fees, as well as from the satisfaction of providing a valuable service.” – Jan Bel Jan, Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design
    The range of disabilities is very broad and, while there are laws and codes to address building accessibility, foresighted golf facility operators can learn how to better accommodate golfers with a disability. Proper signage that directs patrons to the facility’s goods and services is beneficial to everyone. Golf course operators should ensure easy access to at least one teeing area per hole. Creating additional tees, in a safe and accessible place, can meet this need. If readily achievable (with not much difficulty or expense), unobstructed golf cart access should be provided to all areas to be reached by the golfer. Golf cart paths should provide a modest slope for motorized vehicles, including for regular and single rider golf carts. Ropes and GPS limits on carts can be barriers for those who need to get closer to the green for safety or for ease of access. Both can be adjusted – ropes can be lowered and replaced, and GPS units can be programmed for a specific cart. Red cart flags permit closer proximity to tees and greens and can help to improve access and speed of play. Consider making a map of accessible routes that may include accessible tees, areas of the course to be avoided and bunkers that may be difficult to access or egress. Another consideration on the course is providing accessible washrooms. If permanent facilities are not available, accessible port-a-potties can meet the need. Also, consider the heights and locations of water and other materials around the course. Where there are steep slopes or difficult-to-access bunkers, the facility can establish the use of the “Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities” developed by the R&A and USGA. These Modified Rules permit a safe drop area away from the slope or outside the bunker, as well as other accommodations. When course renovations are undertaken, it is important to consider how to make the facility barrier-free. Should a golf club or practice range want to encourage people with a disability to enjoy the game, inviting adult or children’s groups for clinics may inspire new golfers. Become familiar with programs in your area for people with disabilities. A golf facility could also establish a relationship with a rehabilitation hospital as part of their community outreach. Golf can aid significantly in recovery through an outdoor experience, with a helpful focus on hand-eye coordination, improved balance, strength and flexibility as well as sense of purpose. All of these contribute to the wellbeing of the person with the disability as well as to family, friends and companions. Finally, Bel Jan recommends that golf facilities audit themselves for accessibility, programs and training. They should include information on their website to promote their accessibility, as well noting any instruction, clinics or programs that may interest people with disabilities and their families. “An ‘invitation’ is always a great way to make people feel welcome to your course,” said Bel Jan.

    Golf for people who are visually impaired

    Glenn Babcock is the president of the Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers Association, serves as a director on the board of Blind Golf Canada and sits on the Human Resources Committee of Golf Canada. Babcock was born with his visual impairment. His father was a golf professional, so Babcock grew up around golf courses and had the benefit of learning to golf from a young age. He says that some golfers are born blind or visually impaired, while others have lost their sight due to injury or illness, or simply as they age. For those who have lost their sight, being able to continue an activity that they enjoy is important to their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. There are many golfers whose vision loss requires them to seek assistance to play the game. Their “guide” may be a fellow golfer, a non-golfing friend or a family member committed to helping them enjoy the game. The guide helps the golfer get safely around the course, lines them up for each shot and provides information on distances and obstacles and, of course, the guide must also find the ball! Staff at golf courses should understand this partnership of golfer and guide. Starters and marshals should be made aware of the presence of a “walker.” Groups may be slower, as it takes more time to set up a golfer who is blind or visually impaired. Babcock recommends asking the golfer about their speed of play and how much time they need for setup with their guide and then adjust the group size if necessary. Some courses have recognized the challenges in arranging a game and offer incentives to encourage blind and visually impaired people to play. Two-for-one rates for the golfer and their guide, even if the guide is playing, are offered by some. Others offer a discount and one club even offers a complimentary nine-hole round for two golfers, and their guides, each week on Monday afternoons.

    Golf for people with missing limbs or limited mobility

    Kristian Hammerback is the president of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association and is a member of Golf Canada’s Amateur Competitions Committee. As a golfer who was born missing a limb, golf provided him with a childhood activity he could participate in with his friends. He believes that it is important to provide golfing opportunities for people who are missing limbs or with reduced mobility and that it can be instrumental in getting back into life after an injury or illness. Golfers with missing limbs or limited mobility may have challenges getting around the course and getting to the ball. They don’t like to play long rounds or slow play down for other golfers. Using carts or “solo rider” units, providing red flags and being lenient with cart rules will help to speed their play. Hammerback, who has helped organize several tournaments for amputee golfers, has found that golf courses are always very helpful and “bend over backwards” to give the competitors a great experience. He encourages golf courses to promote golf participation for all, get involved with organizations for people with disabilities to offer golf clinics and partner with local rehabilitation facilities to provide golf opportunities as part of the recovery process.

    Golf for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

    Alain Turpin, the executive director of the Canadian Deaf Sports Association, says that the biggest challenge is communicating with deaf and hard of hearing golfers. “Sometimes, it is difficult for pro-shop employees to communicate with deaf golfers who speak poorly or can’t speak and use language signs,” he said. He recommends speaking face-to-face with deaf or hard of hearing golfers and writing simple messages on a sheet of paper to communicate. When golfers who are deaf or hard of hearing take part in a sanctioned competition, it is important for the host committee to reserve a sign language interpreter. It makes a big difference for the deaf golfer to feel included and equal. As well, creating awareness for fellow competitors, competition officials and facility staff of the importance of face-to-face and written communication is essential.

    Golf for military veterans who are ill or injured

    Joe Kiraly, the outreach and communications manager for Soldier On, a program of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group, attests to the impact that golf brings to the recoveries of veterans. “Golf has been a surprising addition to my life following an injury resulting in physical limitations and loss of personal identity,” said Kiraly. “I saw how golf helped others and decided to try it myself.” The Soldier On golf program, one of its most robust initiatives, is championed by Michael Feyko, who works at Royal Oaks Golf Club in New Brunswick. Feyko is a PGA of Canada teaching professional and a former soldier who used golf as an integral part of his own recovery from injury. The program began as a grassroots initiative to support Armed Forces personnel suffering loss of ability, loss of identity or loss of career and was found to help improve mental and physical health. Kiraly reports golf clubs being very welcoming to ill and injured men and women. Many veterans who have experienced sensory or mobility loss, or who have been suffering emotionally, have found golf to be an important component of their healing. With the support of the golf community, the Soldier On golf program is continuing to grow across the country, with three week-long camps planned in 2020.

    Golf is for everyone

    While you may not have the opportunity to host the Invictus Games, you can make your club welcoming and accessible to all golfers and potential golfers. We all know people with a disability. Providing them the chance to learn the game or continue an activity they enjoy following the loss of ability is tremendously beneficial to them, their families and your club!
    This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Club Manager Quarterly, a publication of The Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM), and is reprinted with their permission. The original article can be found online here. Leslie Dunning is the past president of Golf Canada. She believes golf is for everyone and that inclusion is key to growing the game. She is a member of Earl Grey and Bigwin Island Golf Clubs.]]>