The need to make your golf course accessible

Okay, so everyone knows that it’s important to make your course accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Really?  Okay, so maybe not.  If you need more convincing, just take a tour of your facility in a wheelchair.  If you see problems, fix them.  It’s as simple as that.  That’s what National Golf Course Owners Association Deputy CEO and National Alliance for Accessible Golf Board Member Mike Tinkey says.


Putting yourself in the position of those with disabilities will change your perspective on things, this coming from Greg Jones, the late founder of the American Disabled Golf Association.  The needed changes will become apparent quickly, and even if minor, they will be major in the eyes of people with disabilities.  If you put yourself in someone else’s position, it’s not surprising that you’ll see new opportunities for your facility.


People with disabilities make up about one-fifth of the American population, which makes it one of the largest minority groups in the country.  So, when asked how to increase your bottom-line, the investment made to welcome those with disabilities to your course is prudent.  You should always look to other groups to open your facility to a new market, according to the American Disabled Golfer’s Association.


So, when faced with the problem of making your course profitable, look to other populations.  Remember to always see the course from the perspective of others, and just use common sense when making your course accessible.  Also, making modifications to your course, especially when adding accessible equipment to your facility, it means added responsibility for you and your employees.


*If you’re convinced that your facility needs to be accessible to those with disabilities, check out our toolkit (currently being revised) on the National Alliance for Accessible Golf website.