What you need to know for your golf course to comply with the new ADA Standards and how to avoid costly litigation or a DOJ investigation
ADA Compliance is par for the course
Effective March 15, 2012, all … golf courses open to play by the general public must comply with the requirements of the new 2010 ADA Standards for accessible design.
Do you remember when top pro golfer Casey Martin successfully sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA) to require the PGA to change its tournament policies to permit him to use a golf cart to accommodate his disability? Martin’s suit alleged that the PGA’s rule banning use of golf carts in certain of its tournaments violated the ADA. The United States Supreme Court sided with him. PGA Tour, Inc. vs. Casey Martin (2001) 532 U.S. 661.
Who knew then that in 2010, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) would implement sweeping accessibility requirements for public and private golf courses? Well, every golf course owner, lessee and operator who was paying attention to the evolution of the ADA should have seen these changes on the horizon. “Golf courses” are specifically identified as “public accommodations” under the ADA. The 2010 changes to physical accessibility and policies and procedures have been on the radar screen of recreational advocates, disabled golf enthusiasts, the U.S. Access Board and the Department of Justice (or DOJ) for a long time. Continue ›