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Enabling people who are disabled
One swing at a time…
We provide medically relevant therapeutic recreation, utilizing golf, on a near daily basis to any severely disabled person in the CSRA at no cost to the participants using the latest high-tech equipment at the finest driving range in the South.
We serve people with disabilities including veterans, civilians and youths
Why golf? Golf is an individual sport where a participant can continually challenge themselves, from any level, for a lifetime, long after most traditional therapies usually end. The “handicap” or “index” scoring system allows people of a variety of abilities to enjoy golf together. The spacious nature of a good golf course is both safer than many exercise areas, with great expanses without hard pavement and the same spaciousness supplies a modicum of privacy for former shut-ins shy around others. The game of golf requires honesty, a valuable attribute offering new levels of interpersonal independence.
Golf has been known for ages to provide challenges that are similar to everyday life. Learning how to navigate a golf course, interact with the pro shop to check out a cart, get balls, choose clubs, manage frustration and practice a skill set that can ever be improved teaches students self-directed responsible use of leisure time. Independent, responsible use of leisure time prevents many side effects of disabilities, such as lethargy and substance abuse.
Responsible self-directed independence and
frustration management skills improve all areas of life.
"… My physical therapist told me to try standing unaided for one entire minute. Marty pointed out that I had been standing unaided for three minutes and I didn’t even notice because I was so focused on the ball…."
Quote from a very satisfied student
In 2017 we served 217 separate individuals with disabilities and won Augusta's Outstanding Service Organization Award.
We are on track, according to our sign-in sheets, to see over 300 separate disabled individual participants before the end of 2018.
In the shade of the covered driving range area at Wedges & Woods, Julie Shade is working out in one of our Paramobilies with her dedicated father volunteering as her helper while other participants, including BT Ansley, work on their swings in the background.
Due to the shade and big fans, the covered driving range area at Wedges & Woods is the coolest place to be outdoors in Georgia.