Established in 1953, the Blind Golf Association strives to support golfers with blindness and visual impairments through competition among members in the same vision category. Golfers play the game with the assistance of coaches, which are sighted people who provide course descriptions and assist players with club selection.
Sighted coaches play an important role in keeping play moving during tournaments, as well as in providing verbal and tactile feedback to players. After a shot, the coach gives concise information to help players adjust for their next shot. Anyone can become a coach, even those who have no firsthand experience playing golf, as long as they can gauge distances and are willing to cultivate effective communication skills.