The Department of Justice has proposed a number of changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act, including one
that requires golf courses to provide single-rider vehicles. The NGCOA supports equal access and encourages all
courses to make their best efforts to make golf accessible to everyone; however, based on the lack of demand from
golfers with a disability – a pattern we’ve seen for the past 10 years – the NGCOA doesn’t believe it is fair to require
owners to purchase single-rider vehicles – often at a cost upwards of $8,000 – only to go unused a great majority
of the time.
The NGCOA – along with many of its course owning members –shared these facts and expressed its feelings to the
DOJ during the official comment period, which ended in January 2011. No ruling has been made; however the
NGCOA will continue to monitor the situation and keep members informed.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the floods that soaked the Midwest in 2008, federal legislation was
passed that helped thousands of small businesses get back on their feet. Unfortunately, golf was unfairly excluded
from this legislation. This discriminatory treatment hurt businesses and their employees. Furthermore, it ignored the
economic and charitable benefits of our industry.
Hoping to remedy this situation, the NGCOA, along with other founding partners of the WE ARE GOLF Coalition
and the Podesta Group, were instrumental in encouraging senator James Clyburn of South Carolina to introduce a
bill to remove golf from the businesses that were excluded from disaster relief legislation that was passed following
Katrina and the Midwest floods.
Regrettably, the industry and its partners ran out of time to push that bill through Congress. But as thousands of
people deal with the damage from more recent storms, the NGCOA continues to work with lawmakers to make
sure similar exclusions don’t happen again.
In early 2011, the NGCOA conducted research to determine what members believed the NGCOA’s role should be
regarding third party tee-time resellers.
Based on the research, the NGCOA drafted a statement that clearly stated its role: the NGCOA does not involve
itself in the independent business decisions of its members; but does advocate providing insight and information that
helps them make decisions that are best for their business.
To assist those members who do engage third parties structure agreements that work to their benefit, the NGCOA
issued a set of best practices, which include signed written contracts; best-rate guarantees on courses’ Web sites, not
third parties’ sites; and a commission-based model versus a barter approach, just to name a few.
To view the NGCOA’s complete policy statement and list of best practices, click here.
To join the NGCOA now, click here.