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Therapeutic Golf

Marianjoy is dedicated to helping our patients regain as much independence and functionality in their lives as possible, including recreational activities. For some people, that means getting back to the game of golf. For others, therapeutic golf is a motivator, as well as a more enjoyable way to develop or maintain flexibility and range of motion. Whatever the drive, Marianjoy's Therapeutic Golf Program was developed to help people who have physical disabilities enjoy the game.

Golf has many therapeutic benefits, including:

  • improved flexibility and range of motion.
  • increased social interaction with family and peers.
  • improved self-esteem.
  • improved attention and concentration.
  • improved balance and eye-hand coordination.
  • increased upper body strength and endurance.

Adult Therapeutic Golf Program

Recreational therapists and golf professionals work with individuals who have various physical disabilities to help them advance their play. They do this by suggesting modifications to swing and stance, as well as exploring adaptive equipment, such as raised tees or special gloves that can make the game easier. For people in wheelchairs, our team teaches how to play from single-rider golf carts.

The Marianjoy Therapeutic Golf Program is open to golfers of all ability levels and is designed to help each person improve at their own pace. Instruction is tailored to meet each person's unique needs. The program:

  • begins with monthly golf clinics that are held at area golf facilities and courses.
  • offers short and regulation-play events, an annual tournament and educational seminars. Course play events are offered during the spring and summer.
  • serves as a national resource for information on adapted golf equipment, including customized gloves, clubs, tees and single-rider golf carts.
  • works with golf course owners and operators, not only to encourage people with disabilities to play golf, but also to expand accessibility to their facilities to people with disabilities.
  • read more about our program.

Therapeutic Golf Program for Kids

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, invites children with physical disabilities — at all levels of ability — to join our instructors to learn the fundamentals and rules of the game of golf. The clinics are specially designed to meet the needs of each participant. Individual instruction on golf swing and putting will be offered by our trained Marianjoy staff and PGA golf pro. No previous golf experience is necessary.

Children ages 8 to 17 can:

  • build self-confidence while learning a new skill.
  • improve/maintain flexibility and range of motion.
  • improve attention/concentration.
  • improve balance (sitting and standing).
  • improve hand-eye coordination.
  • improve upper-body strength and endurance.

Next Therapeutic Golf Program for Kids will take place in May, 2018. Read more about our program.

For more information or to register, please contact Tracy Ekstrom, CTRS by phone at 630.909.6010, by fax at 630.909.8411 or by email at