BLIND GOLF CAT­E­GORIES & RULES

Golf Australia - - BLIND FAITH -

Blind Golf Aus­tralia em­ploys four sight cat­e­gories for par­tic­pants. B1 For play­ers who are to­tally blind. B2 Play­ers are able to recog­nise ob­jects up to a dis­tance of two me­tres. They see what a per­son with 20/20 vi­sion would see 60 me­tres away. B3 These play­ers are able to recog­nise ob­jects be­tween two and six me­tres away. Again, this is com­pa­ra­ble to what a per­son with 20/20 vi­sion would see 60 me­tres away. B4 Play­ers are able to recog­nise ob­jects be­tween six and 10 me­tres away. Blind Golf is played in the same way as sighted golf, with two ma­jor ex­cep­tions.

Blind Golfers re­quire a caddy (or guide) to as­sist them around a golf course. The golfer and their caddy form a ’team’ with the caddy act­ing as the blind golfer’s ‘eyes’.

A ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween blind/sighted golf is that blind golfers can ground their club in a hazard, usu­ally a bunker but in some cir­cum­stances a wa­ter hazard. An­other ma­jor dif­fer­ence is that the caddy may stand be­hind the flag as the blind golfer putts.

Blind golf has a stan­dard hand­i­cap­ping sys­tem world­wide un­like sighted golf where dif­fer­ent coun­tries have dif­fer­ent sys­tems – this en­ables blind golfers to play in any blind golf event any­where on a con­sis­tent ba­sis.

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