Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Special Olympians are welcomed as part of the golfng community at Haggin Oaks. Get started on the "easy fxes" as soon as possible. There are many inexpensive ways to remove barriers and defne the continuous path. You would be surprised what a one- or twoperson team can accomplish. fnances of your golf course as well as the expense of removing the barrier to determine if it is something that is readily achievable. It is wise to get some cost estimates and document them for future budget considerations. Get started on the "easy fxes" as soon as possible. There are many inexpensive ways to remove barriers and defne the continuous path. You would be surprised what a one- or two-person team can accomplish. • Install signage. • Cut curbs. • Relocate ropes. • Raise and lower heights of goods and amenities. • Establish a golf car policy regulating accessibility during periods of poor weather or course cultural activity where access may be an economic burden to the club. • Establish a banquet and catering policy to assist the disabled in getting to services, goods and programs. • Train staff. Single-rider golf cars and accessible vehicles Performing the golf course audit using a golf car with smooth tires to establish the continuous path will probably dispel fears that a properly designed assisted-mobility vehicle operated in a safe manner will damage turf. With new pneumatic tires and proper training on vehicle operation for disabled players, assisted-mobility vehicles will not harm fne turf surfaces any more than a triplex greens mower does. In our own experience, as well as that of the USGA's agronomist Pat Gross and the superintendents at Pebble Beach and TPC courses, these vehicles do not damage tee or green sites if used properly. Leo Feser award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2014 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters. 74 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 Although the 2010 Standards do not mandate that publicly accessed facilities provide single-rider golf cars, the U.S. Department of Justice is expected to rule on this question soon. Where golf facilities provide golf cars to the general public, it is probable that adaptive vehicles will also be required in the future, so an implementation plan should be put in place. Fear and loathing dispelled The essence of ADA regulations is to provide accessible services, goods and amenities to people with disabilities at your golf facility. Not doing so ignores the fnancial possibilities of tapping into a group that wants to be included in golf's social fabric. Not doing so also creates legal ramifcations that can become expensive not only in the in loss of golf revenues, but also in possible litigation that will muddy the picture of what golf truly represents. Disabled golfers enjoy playing golf with friends and other disabled golfers, as well as being included in a group with golfers who are not disabled. Like all avid golfers, they also have expressed the enjoyment of golf for the health, fun and level of ftness the game provides along with its social interaction. They want to improve, so more PGA professionals should be trained to meet the needs of the disabled golfer. Disabled golfers have disposable income, and golf should encourage their participation rather than deny it. To make golf accessible, 2010 ADA Standards will need to be met, and the quickest way is to provide facilities that are architecturally accessible and modifed in a manner that allows for the use of adaptive equipment and assistance devices that provide a continuous path of travel to goods and services. It is not hard, and it really is not expensive. It is the right thing to do. Jim Ferrin, CGCS, and Sam Samuelson, CGCS, are the owners of Turf Eco-Logic Consultants LLC (turfecologic@ gmail.com) in Carmichael, Calif. Ferrin, a 29-year member of GCSAA, is the golf course superintendent at Timber Creek Golf Course at Sun City Roseville in Roseville, Calif.; Samuelson, a 32-year member of GCSAA, is the superintendent at Wildhawk Golf Club in Sacramento, Calif.

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