Golfers come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, with varying abilities,
which includes individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, not all golf
courses can accommodate individuals with disabilities because proper adaptive
equipment is required for them to play.
Cleveland Metroparks has obtained four Soloriders, a single-rider golf
car, designed for many different groups of people including individuals who
require mobility assistance on the golf course. With Solorider cars available at
Shawnee Hills, Seneca and Big Met golf courses,
those individuals with disabilities now have the opportunity to hit the
With a top speed of 14 mph, the Solorider has a regenerative braking and
speed control to ensure the safety of its riders. It also has a patented
swivel seat mechanism that allows the user to position the seat in any
orientation from seated to standing. The hand controls provided on the car are
similar in layout to those found on a scooter, snowmobile or motorcycle.
The car is designed in such a way that the golfer's handicap will only be
related to his/her ability to play the game, not any mobility impairment they
With four-wheel automotive type suspension for a smooth ride over the most
harsh golf course terrain, the Solorider is stable on later slopes of over 40%
and longitudinal slopes of over 80%. Controls are ergonomically positioned to
provide easy access
and intuitive operation.
According to the American Disabilities Act of 1990, all public facilities
must be designed, constructed and altered in compliance with accessibility
standards to individuals with disabilities, which includes public golf courses.
However, w hether golf facilities must be required to keep single-rider cars
in stock to accommodate a disabled golfer should one come to play is an issue
currently being decided by the Department of Justice in the unresolved part of
the access debate.
For now, Cleveland Metroparks is taking a stand and providing the Soloriders
at regular cart fees to individuals with disabilities. No reservations are
necessary, but are certainly welcomed. For more information
about the Soloriders and availability, contact one of the following three golf
Shawnee Hills Golf Course · Bedford Reservation · 440-232-7184
Big Met Golf Course · Rocky River Reservation · 440-331-1070
Seneca Golf Course · Brecksville Reservation · 440-526-0043