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Accessibility Issues

Service Animals

Golf course operators, like so many in the service industry, are facing another new challenge: customers wanting to bring loving pets with them wherever they go. In years past, it was commonly known that animals were not permitted inside businesses or on golf courses. The only exception being seeing eye dogs. Seeing eye dogs are easily identifiable. Today, we are hearing about new groups of animals that owners feels are also protected and should be afforded the same privileges. The Americans with Disabilities Association (ADA) is the only federal organization which defines service animals protected by federal law. New animal registration organizations are popping up and causing confusion within the industry. All of these organizations believe their roles in changing public opinion and policy are important...Read more


ADA/Single-Rider Golf Cars

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which became law in 1990, is a milestone in America's commitment to full and equal opportunity for all of its citizens. Beginning in 2000, when several manufacturers began introducing accessible golf cars (also known as single-rider golf cars) for use by golfers with a physical disability, the ADA took on added relevance for golf courses and their owners. The big question: Are courses required by law to provide accessible golf cars? In 2008, the Department of Justice (DOJ) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on its website. Many in the golf industry expected the 2008 NPRM to specifically address the accessible golf car issue. Instead the DOJ stated, “The Department has decided not to add a regulation (to the ADA) specifically addressing accessible golf cars at this time. As with free-standing equipment, the Department believes that the existing regulation is adequate to address this issue.”  Read more


National Alliance for Accessible Golf (NAAG)

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is working to ensure all individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to play the game of golf. The Alliance is represented by NGCOA and other major golf organizations in the United States that provide services for people with disabilities, and others who advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities into society. Through GAIN (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) and other programs, the Alliance promotes inclusion and awareness to the golf industry, golf instructors, and the general public. The Alliance will also provide course owners, operators and their personnel with technical assistance if needed. In conjunction with the USGA, the Alliance also administers inclusive golf programs for individuals with disabilities.

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