First Swing Program

Probably one of our biggest successes at SADGA so far, (and the one we are most proud of) is our First Swing Program. The First Swing Program is a series of clinics at participating schools across South Africa for disabled children and youth – focusing not only on golf but on rehabilitation through golf as well.

The program is designed to introduce disabled children to golf; and through golf to vital life skills and broad exposure to golf related industries such as the hospitality, golf course management and PR industries.

What It Means

  • Children with physical disabilities receive golf coaching and are given the chance to participate in different golf events.
  • Children with severe, physical disabilities that would never be able to play a round of golf on a regulation golf course are also taught the basics of golf in order to enhance muscle movement and to get a chance to enjoy an outdoor sport activity. We encounter children that cannot take part in any other sport because of the severity of their disability, but because golf, at the stage where they take part in, is not very physical, the result is that we have children that can take part in a sport for the first time a feat that is very, very important to them.
  • A golf career guidance programme where SADGA brings the children in contact with various career opportunities in golf.

Rehabilitation And Therapeutic Modified Golf

  • SADGA found a growing need and request from our participating schools for a new level in our program to be introduced: Rehabilitation and Therapeutic
    Modified Golf.
  • We now have 3 levels (Level 1,2,3) covering Therapeutic Modified Golf for the Disabled as well as two more Levels (Level 4 & 5) for the more advanced golfers.
  • Each level will consist of either or both = Sensory (Blind and Deaf) as well as Physically Disabled, including both Adults and Juniors.

Level 1

For severely disabled Juniors who cannot leave the school for sport. SADGA will bring the sport to them by setting up modified golf environments in the schools hall.

Level 2

For the slightly less severe which will take place on school fields and putting greens where possible.

Level 3

For Juniors that can complete 9 holes of regular golf and/or complete a mashie course.

Level 4

For golfers who have managed to get a GolfRSA official golf handicap and will take part in the SA Disabled Golf Open.

Level 5

For the most talented golfers who have single figure GolfRSA official golf handicaps and who will compete Nationally and Internationally.


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