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Some questions and answers about SDGC

What do you talk about at your charity Committee meetings? 


Here are a few things we have discussed at recent SDGC Committee meetings: 


* The two thousand funding applications we send out each year .

* The SDGC will not be forming an elite golf team

* SDGC will not introduce medical examinations re membership

* The next virtual Annual General Meeting 

* The preparation of the Annual Report and Accounts for OSCR

* The brand new Disabled Golf Week fixtures

* Whether to hold an annual presentation and dinner

* The SDGC will not create disability categories at events

* How best to arrange our seasons Diary

* Which venues should include a HUB

* How to help new members 

* The new British Pairs & Canadian International games

* Encouraging members to abide by the Code of Conduct


What is the Disabled Golf Week?


We took the idea of a week long golfing promotional event, from another group and expanded on the idea.  The inaugural DGW will consist of 7 days golf, of which members can play on one or two days, or all of them.  There are 4 HUB events, where PGA Professionals will provide tuition and practice times an 3 games of golf, some as pairs events, some as mixed games with club members.  The venues will be held across the country and the idea is to promote golf for people with disabilities and introduce new players to the sport.


How did the SDGC come about and why did you start it up?


We started to think about forming a group to incorporate all disabilities, as far back as 2002.  No-one else in the world was able or willing to take on the challenge of such a group and allowing anyone

with any type of disability the chance to play golf.  There were about four or five established groups for specific disabilities, like one-arm, deaf, blind and special Olympics, but they only allowed one disability and excluded more people than they let in.


So in 2002, through funding from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, two of our founders, travelled to Canada and visited various related groups and organisations, while playing in a number of golf competitions, in places like Toronto, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan.  Over a period of about a month, we talked to as many people as possible and learnt how they operated and organised their events and we brought all the best ideas back to Scotland.  Since 2004, we have used those ideas and arranged games, competition and tuition for members, around the country.  Then in 2009 we became a charity and have not looked back, with a substantial membership, diary and structure, we are an outlet to dozens of international events, with many other groups copying our framework into their own countries setup.  We used the same ideas and framework when setting up and merging the curling and golf charity into one in 2018/19.    


Do you take all types of disability or are there limits and categories?


Yes, we have members with all types of disability, including amputees, Cerebral Palsy, MS, blind and vision impaired, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy, MD and many, many more.  We accept any disability or serious health condition, that interferes with the playing of the game.  Unlike some disabled sports groups, we are not exclusive too one type of disability and therefore probably excluding more people than we could help.  We do not put members through embarrassing medical examinations to see if they fit predetermined ideas or conditions.  We are also not elitist and looking for only the best players.  We are determined to be open and include everyone interested in playing or learning about golf and/or curling.


Tell me about your handicapping system and scoring?  ​


The SDGC uses the "Handicap Master" system, which we use based around a Stableford format and played primarily from the Yellow/Red or Visitors tees and is calculated using par scores.  If you don't have a golf handicap we will give you a temporary one, then you can submit three signed score cards and we will sort out the rest.  The SDGC accepts WHS information via your golf club.  During competitions, members must fully and clearly complete their score card with their name, signature and gross scores only .  Failure to do this will result in disqualification.  Once score cards are completed and submitted, no changes can be made and when scores are announced and posted, they will stand.


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How do I get your news letter and what is in it?


Sign up via the Contact form above and receive our free email newsletter.  It is issued 2or3 times a month and includes updates on our HUBS, events and competitions which now run throughout the year


I need a buggy when I play golf, are they provided and are they free?


No.  The SDGC book carts, buggies or other vehicles if they are available at venues and they are then allocated to essential users only.  The SDGC does not pay for golf carts or buggies at any events.  The individual user will need to settle any costs with the host golf club on the day of play.  If the weather interferes with play and golf carts are not available, games will continue for walking players.


How do I join the SDGC and what benefits do I get for membership?


The SDGC offers the best value membership to anyone of any age, with any type of disability and with no waiting list or joining fee, and access to free tuition, practice and subsidised entry fees, plus great socialising & a warm welcome, we think we have it covered!


To apply for the free membership package, all we ask you to do, is send us a list of your contact details, including your name, email, telephone numbers and a 2or3 word description of your disability.


On confirmation of membership, individuals can access:


     Over 60 days of golf and curling in any one year

     Subsidised entry fees to all our major events and games

     Access to our HUBS, with free tuition, games and practice

     Access to entry and booking facilities through our website

     To hold a recognised SDGC golf handicap

     To access ice curling delivery and safety equipment

     To participate in a National Order of Merit Championship

     To compete as part of an international  team, both at home and overseas

     Be a member of a friendly charity, that is continually striving to improve the quality of service that it offers to members


I quite fancy giving the curling a go, so how do I get started on the ice?  ​


Keep an eye on our diary and social media for our next ice sessions or events, and just come along and give it a go?  We will get you some anti-slip footwear and other basic equipment for play and get you basic instruction to get you under way.


You seem to provide a lot of stuff, so where does the SDGC get its funds?  


Each year the SDGC raises funds by approaching over two thousand European corporations, businesses, charities, Trust Funds and Foundations.  All monies raised are used exclusively for our members and helps to provide: free membership, free lessons, subsidised entry fees and many related services.  None of our Trustees or Committee Members take a fee or salary from the charity.  Our Annual Report & Accounts, as well as our Constitution are lodged with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR.


With my particular disability, I have some balance issues, can you help?


There are lots of devices that may help with both sports, like cues or balance sliders at the curling and soloriders or frames and sticks at the golf, but the best advice will come during our HUBS and lessons, from teaching professionals at both sports.  They will see you in action and give advice as necessary.


Do I need to bring equipment for my curling or golf lessons?  ​


For golf lessons, ideally yes, but the teaching professionals will have access to some clubs for the session to practice with, however, Once you take up the game, you will need your own clubs and golfing gear.  For curling lessons, no, just warm clothing.  Anti-slip footwear can be provided.


Will you look after our son while we go out for a round of golf?    ​


No, the SDGC is not a respite service, but we do organise and provide tuition and games of golf and curling for any member, with any type of disability in Scotland. 


I am not fully fit, can I just play a short time during agame or match?  ​


Yes, for the golf we can run a Pairs League, where  two golfers play a foursome (alternate shot) format, so in effect play only nine holes.  For the ice, individuals may also enter events and finish if they  cannot play more than a few ends.


How do you select players for team internationals like the Phoenix Cup?


Team players are selected from the Scottish Order of Merit Championship Tables and members compete throughout each year to gain points and places on that Table.  There are around 18 qualifiers each year and points are awarded to the top 20 golfers at each game, relating to their finishing place.  The top eight players from the Order of Merit Championship on a pre-arranged date will automatically qualify for a playing place, with all remaining team players, being selected as "Captain's Wild-Card" choices, from the SDGC's membership.  Unless otherwise stated, the qualification period, for those automatic places will run from the first Order of Merit qualifying competition of that year, through to a pre-arranged closing event date, just before the Phoenix Cup.


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