Golf Commission Reviews Ban On Motorized Carts
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 17, 2003
MILFORD, CONNECTICUT--The Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities is trying to work with the Golf Course Commission to allow a golfer to use a motorized cart on the city-run Orchards 9-hole course, the Connecticut Post reported Monday.
In the past, the golf commission has banned motorized carts from the course because of concerns that they might get stuck in damp areas.
"There are areas that are wet and are meant to stay wet," said commission member Frederick Lisman.
An attorney representing the golfer told the commission during its most recent meeting that his client, who was not named, can play several holes without a cart, but that he needs one to make it through the entire course.
Officials said that allowing motorized carts would require costly upgrades and could increase greens fees. The city has acknowledged, however, that it cannot exclude golfers with disabilities.
"We will work to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights as people without disabilities," said Anthony Candido, chairman of the Mayor's Committee.
In 1997, professional golfer Casey Martin sued the PGA Tour because it refused to allow him to use a motorized cart as a workplace accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Martin claimed that his disability, called Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, made it painful and dangerous for him to walk the long distances the PGA Tour requires during tournaments.
The PGA Tour argued that Martin's use of a cart gave him an unfair advantage over other players, because fatigue was one aspect of the competition.
The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where, on May 29, 2001, it was ruled in Martin's favor.
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