The Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was adopted to remove the barriers that have prevented society from benefiting from the participation and contributions of individuals with disabilities. Many states have also adopted and enforce versions of the federal ADA.
Title III of the ADA requires public accommodations, including golf courses, to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the general public.
New golf course facilities must be accessible in accordance with the ADA. The ADA also requires removal of architectural barriers in existing facilities when "readily achievable," or when it can be accomplished without much difficulty or expense for that facility.
Legislation to address ADA lawsuit abuse has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, HR 914, would require that, as a precondition to commencing a civil action with respect to a place of public accommodation or a commercial facility, that an opportunity be provided to correct alleged violations.