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It is course policy to restrict motorized cart traffic to the cart paths when weather or turf conditions warrant. It is also course policy to prohibit carts on all tees and within 30 feet of greens. This policy ensures that we can continue to provide the best possible playing conditions in the long term.
However, we also recognize the needs of the truly disabled golfer who suffers from permanent walking impairments or other conditions that would make it impossible for him or her to enjoy the golf course with restrictions on golf cart use.
Golfers with disabilities who desire an accommodation, including the use of a golf cart that is not subject to the usual restrictions, should identify themselves to management. It is legally permissible for management, if there is a reasonable belief that a golfer may not be disabled as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)*, to request proof of a disability. If so requested, the following documentation must be provided:
A VALID DISABLED PLACARD OR DISABILITY LICENSE PLATE ISSUED IN THE NAME OF THE GUEST BY THE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES OF ANY STATE.
DOCUMENTATION OF DISABILITY MUST BE PRESENTED ON A PHYSICIAN’S OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD.
Management will provide golfers covered by the ADA with a separate cart with an identifying flag. If a golfer deemed to be covered by the ADA wishes, his/her name will also be placed on a list, thereby eliminating the need to show documentation each time that he/she plays. For temporary injury-related situations, a date will be attached and the golfer’s eligibility will expire on the given date. Golfer’s will be responsible for notifying Riverside Golf Course when their status changes. Expired documentation will not be accepted.
The following procedures must be followed when using a Disable Flag:
- A Disable Flag applies only to the individual(s) with the disability.
- An able-bodied golfer riding with a disabled golfer may not take advantage of the Disable Flag policy and must walk to his or her ball when it is located in an area otherwise off limits to carts.
- If more than one disabled person is in the group, they must ride together.
- When conditions warrant and the course has been designated Walking Only, golfers with Disable Flags, must adhere to cart path only to holes that have cart paths and for the holes without cart paths to drive in the rough, no driving on fairways.
- Players who qualify for a “Disabled Flag” may drive their carts no closer than 10 feet from any tee or green (except on days when such access is restricted due to course conditions) and must keep carts out of “Environmental Areas”.
- Disable flags may not be allowed on days of extreme conditions. This decision will be made by the manager and/or course superintendent.
Misuse of a Disable Flag or failure to follow this policy may result in suspension of golf privileges.
* Under the ADA, an individual is considered to have a “disability” if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working. An individual with epilepsy, paralysis, a substantial hearing or visual impairment is covered, but an individual with a minor, nonchronic condition of short duration, such as a sprain, broken limb, or the flu, generally would not be covered. Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division “Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers”