Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Haggin Oaks GC in Sacramento offers a program targeted to disabled golfers called Saving Strokes. Photos courtesy of Haggin Oaks GC Courts will consider the current fnances of your golf course as well as the expense of removing the barrier to determine if it is something that is readily achievable. • A golf car that will be used to access tees, fairways and greens (if possible); a car with smooth or worn tires works best. Your goal is to identify the continuous 48-inch-wide path that a disabled person will use and travel on to access goods and services at your facility. Identify each architectural barrier that limits the accessibility to those goods and services along what will become your path of travel. Take pictures and notes at each barrier site using the 2010 ADA Standards and local building codes to identify them. Also, look at club operations and see if there are any barriers to banquets, catering and golf programs. If the golf course management team does not wish to perform the audit themselves, an ADA golf course accessibility consultant can be hired, which many California facilities do. The general audit Get the facts. ADA violations are very dependent on specifc measurements. Any barriers impeding a continuous path from the parking lot, to the bag drop, to clubhouse entrances, or to the goods and services found there are to be documented. Note as well the other retail areas in the clubhouse that are accessed by the public and that may have barriers, including the restaurant, banquet area, snack bar, pro shop and, in some instances, locker rooms and club offces. From there you will audit the practice facilities before moving on to the golf course. Visit each tee, fairway and green site with a golf car (smooth tires are preferred), noting the accessible route. This route does not have to be a concrete, asphalt or compacted dirt surface. Step two: The work plan When you have completed the audit, you will create a documented work plan for each barrier removal, its priority, estimated cost of removal and when it has been removed. The work plan shows your "good faith" in meeting the obligations of the ADA regulations. Assigning priorities • High priority. Accessibility approach to goods, services, golf course tees, fairways and greens. Access to goods, services and restrooms. Access to golf course programs. • Medium priority. Access to water fountains and on-course amenities (benches, scorecard holders, ball washers, sand divot bottles and 72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 trash receptacles). • Low priority. Documented barriers that, in order to alter and meet 2010 Standards, would be very expensive to remove, creating an "undue burden" and expense for the club to do so. You will want to get bids on removing these barriers (renovating to meet ADA Standards) to specifcally defne the expense. Common barriers • Lack of or proper number of international signs of accessibility (ISA) found in the parking lot(s) and throughout the entire facility. • The minimum number of disabled parking and van-accessible spaces are not available and/or are marked improperly. • Curbing around the entire facility, practice areas and golf course(s) impedes accessibility. • Stairs at entrances to the facility have no associated curb ramp for a wheelchair or assisted-mobility device. • Restrooms at the clubhouse and on-course are not accessible. • Counter heights are too high. • Tables in the clubhouse where food and drinks are served are not accessible. • Reach ranges and aisle widths to goods do not meet regulations. • Dressing rooms don't offer enough clear foor space. • Lack of disabled teeing ground at practice facilities. • Access to tee and green sites by a golf car is not possible. • Fairway access does not meet 2010 Standards due to curbs or ropes. • Staff is not trained properly in assisting disabled people. Fixing the problems From the audit, a work plan can be developed that will begin the process of eliminating barriers at your golf facility. The barriers that are "readily achievable" — meaning that the removal is easily accomplished and can be carried out without much diffculty or expense — are to be done frst. Big-ticket items such as renovating restrooms, widening bridges, installing elevators and lowering counters may not be readily achievable if the expense of making these changes is an overwhelming fnancial burden or if they fundamentally change or alter programs, or if accommodations might pose a safety danger. Courts will consider the current

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