Terrorist Attack Effects Ripple Into Golf Business


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AIRLINE HALT TRAPS PING EXECS: The interruption in airline traffic caused by Tuesdays terrorist attacks has grounded Pings plans to personally introduce its new driver ' and stranded a handful of its executives.
Ping had planned a multi-city tour to show members of the golf retail and press communities its new TiSI Tec titanium driver. But Ping has now canceled the road show because of the grounding of all North American air traffic after the attacks on New York and Washington. Ping executives, including chairman and CEO John Solheim, had made it as far as Toronto, the first stop on the trip. The group will return to company headquarters in Phoenix when airline traffic resumes.
PERRYGOLF ALLOWS RESCHEDULING: The airline problems have moved golf travel company PerryGolf of Atlanta to allow customers who had British Isles golf packages to reschedule their entire land itineraries. The rescheduled packages must be completed within the next 12 months. There will be no additional charge for resetting the dates. Check the details of the policy on the companys website at www.PerryGolf.com.
CLUBCORP ENACTS DISABLED GUIDELINES: Beating expected U.S. Justice Department regulations by 18 months, Dallas-based ClubCorp, the largest golf course owner in the United States, has released guidelines for accommodating disabled golfers at its courses.
These guidelines will change the way the golf industry operates and designs courses, said Michael Quimbey Sr., ClubCorps vice president for environmental affairs and author of a book on helping disabled golfers enjoy the game. By collaborating with organizations that represent disabled golfers and major industry associations, we have built a fair and reasonable framework to ensure that everyone has access to golf.
The seven pages of guidelines will also help member courses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 statute whose most prominent golf test was PGA Tour Inc. v Martin. That was the case in which the Supreme Court of the United States determined that professional golfer Casey Martin had the right to use a golf cart in PGA Tour events.
Among other things, the guidelines offer advice on accessibility to courses, buildings and parking areas; course design principles that will make the game more accessible to disabled players; and suggestions for adaptation of existing facilities.
ClubCorp, whose assets exceed $1.7 billion, owns or operates more than 210 golf facilities.