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Golf is a game played on a large, open course in which a small hard ball is struck repeatedly with purpose built clubs, the object being to get the ball in the hole.

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The modern game of golf originated before the 15th-century in Scotland, and unsurprisingly, was introduced to Canada in the 19th Century by Scotsmen. The first formal invitation to play golf in Montreal dates all the way back to 1826, but the first official club wasn’t created until 1873.

Golf is played on a golf course usually with either 9 or 18 holes.

How to play
A ‘round’ of golf typically consists of 9 or 18 holes that are played in the order determined by the course layout. Playing a hole on a golf course is initiated by putting a ball into play by striking it with a club on the teeing ground. The goal of the game is to get the ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible. Variations include mini-putt, practising at a driving range or field, and putting into a cup on the carpet. For more information visit Golf Canada.

Suggested equipment
- Golf clubs
- Golf shoes
- Gloves
- Tees
- Golf balls

Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.


For individuals with a visual impairment, try having a larger target to shoot for in the area of the hole, such as a person standing behind it or a bright flag inserted into the hole. Consider having the putter stand closer to the hole so that the participant can be more accurate with their shot. For individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing, little adaptations are required. An individual may be needed for assistance using visual cues/sign language.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

For individuals with mobility impairments, consider using a modified putter, possibly something shorter or lighter. Be creative. Use a golf cart. Maybe play best ball or play in teams to share in the activity. Choose a course that has relatively little physical barriers to participation.

Mobility Limitation

Everyone has different needs. Play best ball. Reduce the length of shot required and the number of holes played if warranted. Be positive and have fun!


Benefits of Golf

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

See Benefits and Guidelines

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