On-Course Buddy Program

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Get Back in the Game

There’s a shot in golf called a “recovery shot” which gives you a chance to come back from a daunting obstacle and get back in the game.  That’s what our On-Course Buddy Program is all about – giving folks a chance to get back in the game of life through free golf with a buddy.

Golfer with Prosethetic Leg posing mid-swing with friend

Golf is Good Therapy

Medical and practical evidence abounds that golf is good therapy. From the invigorating benefits of fresh air to the camaraderie of fellow golfers to the gentle benefits of low-impact exercise, golf delivers an opportunity for happier healing. Importantly, golf improves the brain’s neuroplasticity, its ability to compensate for injury and disease, and to relearn brain functions that have been lost or compromised. Our Co-Founder knows this from firsthand experience.

Golfer with Prosethetic Leg posing mid-swing with friend

What is Adaptive Golf?

Adaptive golf is golf that is literally adapted to your special needs and abilities, allowing you to play at your own pace and comfort level with modified or specialized adaptive equipment when needed.

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To Become A Recovery Golfer

Plain and simple, we provide free golf to you and your buddy once a week for six months or 24 rounds in a year. Please find below the Program Application/Photo Release Form, the Liability Waiver, and a Minor Participant Waiver, if applicable. All applicants and their buddies must fill out the forms.

Apply today and get started!


  • The Recovery Shot program is currently conducted at the Spanish Hills Club in Camarillo, CA on Tuesdays through Sundays after 1 PM. 
  • The program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the program is at capacity, you’ll be put on a waiting list and contacted when there are openings.
  • Qualification for participation in the program will be determined by the Recovery Shot Program Committee.  We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Buddies must also fill out the forms. In areas that don’t pertain to the buddy, please mark as not applicable.
  • You are not required to play every week on the same day at the same time or even to play a full round of golf. Go at your own pace, do as little or as much as you can. There is lots of flexibility.
  • After being accepted into the program, we’ll familiarize you with golf etiquette and dress codes.
  • The applicant may be asked for medical proof of trauma, injury, or illness.
  • For help, contact Deborah Leoni at deborahleoni@recoveryshot.org or call 805.620.0958

Apply Here:

The Recovery Shot Waiver (mandatory) which must be printed, filled out, signed by hand, and returned:
  • Scan and send to deborahleoni@recoveryshot.org or scan and upload and submit online.
  • Or mail to Recovery Shot, 9452 Telephone Road, #430, Ventura, CA 93004

Minor Participant Release Form (mandatory if golfer is a minor). If the participant is a minor, a parent or legal guardian is required to sign the form.
  • Scan and sent to deborahleoni@recoveryshot.org or scan and upload and submit online.
  • Or mail to Recovery Shot, 9452 Telephone Road, #430, Ventura, CA 93004
Dennis Leoni and Robert Herschbach

Help those in need get back on course!

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