Keepers of the Green is an international golfing fellowship, founded in 1995 and based in St Andrews, whose mission is:
"To promote the game of golf and to improve lives through powered mobility".
Since its formation, Keepers of the Green's extensive fundraising activities have resulted in life changing experiences for over 200 individuals who have been presented with powered wheelchairs (worth approx £700,000).
Our main wheelchair presentation takes place, through the generous co-operation of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, at each year's Open Championship. Additional presentations are made following the Members' annual Spring and Autumn Meetings when they play with the authentic 5 hickory clubs on one of St Andrews seven courses – an arrangement greatly assisted by the kind cooperation of the Links Management Committee of St Andrews. We also very much appreciate the support of the St Andrews Golf Club which provides our office base.
The Patron of Keepers of the Green is the internationally renowned Golf Historian, David Joy, best known as "the man who plays Tom Morris", portrayed internationally on stage and screen. Honorary Members include Peter Alliss, Peter Thomson, Sir Michael Bonallack and Emil Pacholek.
The Keepers of the Green Foundation (as a registered charity) is our vehicle for accepting and using donated funds and has, over the years, discovered and developed many friends and kindred spirits throughout the world ready to help us in our quest to increase mobility for others.
In line with our objective to promote the heritage of the game of golf, "Keepers" was also established as the first ever golfing tribute to Old Tom Morris, who made such an outstanding contribution to the game during his lifetime. It is therefore fitting that Tom Morris should be the figurehead of this unique golfing organisation and also particularly appropriate given that one of his sons was severely disabled but that did not prevent him working in his father's club makers shop overlooking the 18th green of the Old Course.