Golfers with a disability in Australia, and the professional coaches who inspire them, will benefit following the decision to build a state-of-the-art facility in the state of Victoria.
The Australian Golf Centre will be the new headquarters for Golf Australia, PGA of Australia, Golf Victoria and Sandringham Golf Links Management; located in the heart of Melbourne’s Sandbelt, opposite the world-renowned Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
The $18.8 million project will provide coaching facilities to showcase Australia’s inclusive programmes, including becoming the home of the industry’s accreditation programme for training PGA professionals to coach people with a disability.
Golf Australia has been an EDGA member since 2017 and its work is highly respected internationally for its open and inclusive approach in supporting players with disability, and in helping players of all abilities to reach their potential.
The facility will feature a new public 30-bay driving range with target greens, the redevelopment of the existing 18-hole golf course, a public café, and the National High Performance Centre including a short game practice area with a large chipping zone for the high performance programme.
The projected completion date for these works is April 2021.
PGA of Australia chairman Rodger Davis said the project was another sign of the increasing unity in Australian golf.
“The Australian Golf Centre will help unify golf’s peak bodies and create efficiencies that will introduce more participants to our great game,” Davis said.
Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold said the centre would generate many benefits.
“Not only for our emerging talent but for Australian professionals as well, which gives the entire industry a base and a place to inspire the next generation into the sport,” Newbold said.
EDGA Head of Development Mark Taylor said: “It is fantastic to see the collaboration of the leading golf organisations in Australia striving forward in developing provision for golfers with disabilities. This will prove to be a successful model for golf federations in the future as we continue to grow this facet of our game.”
EDGA provides advice, guidance and standards to all the leading golfing bodies; The IGF, The R&A, The USGA, The EGA, and works closely with the European Tour on the delivery of showcase events that involve golfers with disability.
EDGA also offers a range of training to coaches, therapists, volunteers, clubs, and golfers who wish to be more active in supporting golfers with disability, including brand new players.
Article by Ben Evans, +44(0)7789 722853, June-15 2020
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