Moore Park Golf has become the first public golf course in Australia to enable people with severe physical disability to enjoy a round of golf.
The Paragolfer, a German-designed golf cart that was purchased through funds from the Centennial Parklands Foundation, allows people with hemiplegia and quadriplegia the opportunity to experience this previously inaccessible sport, was this week launched and is now available for use.
The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage was on hand to officially launch this state-of-the-art piece of machinery that offers the extremely positive therapeutic effects of golf for people with physical limitations.
How does the Paragolfer work?
The Paragolfer is a golf cart that the user sits into. Once strapped in, it lifts the user from a sitting to standing position and enables upright posture with unrestricted shoulder movement to enable someone to swing a golf club.
“After breaking my neck four years ago not knowing if I’d even survive, words can’t express how amazing it felt to be upright and swinging a golf club for the first time. I can only imagine how incredible it will be playing against my golfing buddies again.” – James Gribble, Moore Park Golf Accessibility Ambassador
Is Moore Park Golf Australia’s most accessible public golf course?
The Paragolfer is not the only recent upgrades undertaken. Through support from the NSW Government we have also upgraded ramps, created accessible amenities in the Golf House and installed two automated tees on the driving range.
These works are part of a $3 million refurbishment and upgrade program that has been rolled out at Moore Park Golf over the last four years, making this one of Australia’s best and most played public golf facilities.
Moore Park Golf – come play!
Moore Park Golf is set within Centennial Parklands. It is a public access course, open 7 days a week, with a resident club and one of the largest driving ranges in the southern hemisphere. It is the home of the Sydney Golf Academy and Sydney Golf Expo.
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