Date: June 30, 2014
Author: Moore Park

Moore Park launches Paragolfer

e Park Golf is 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 cart, will allow people with hemiplegia and quadriplegia the opportunity to experience this previously inaccessible sport.

The Paragolfer was purchased through a $45,000 grant from the Centennial Parklands Foundation, and complements the more than $1 million of refurbishments and accessibility upgrades at the course and its facilities.

“We are the first public golf course in Australia with this equipment – and are delighted that we can help golfers with disabilities the opportunity to come to Moore Park Golf, partake in the sport,” said Kim Ellis, Executive Director of Sydney Parklands and Botanic Gardens.

“The Paragolfer is a state-of-the-art piece of machinery that has extremely positive

therapeutic effects of golf for people with physical limitations. It lifts people from a sitting to standing position and enables upright posture with unrestricted shoulder movement to enable someone to swing a golf club.”

“To further improve users experience, we have installed two automated tees on the adjacent driving range to automatically dispense balls.”

In addition, Centennial Parklands recently invested over $1M on refurbishment and accessibility upgrades to the Moore Park Golf House, which includes a new accessibility ramp and a unisex disabled toilet.

Moore Park Golf Accessibility Ambassador, Empower Golf Australia founder and quadriplegic, James Gribble (pictured), said “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.”

“With the combination of automated tees and the Paragolfer, Moore Park Golf is set to become one of the most accessible and accommodating public golf facility in Australia for golfers with disabilities.”

Centennial Parklands with the support of the NSW Government has invested $3M in upgrades across the Golf House, driving range, golf course and signage around the precinct over the last four years.