|The SoloRider on left and the ParaGolfer on right.|
|Swift Golf Cart demonstration|
The SoloRider proclaims itself as the leading single rider adaptive golf cart in use. I was told it costs around $10,000. The seat on this cart tilts upwards assisting the golfer to a near standing position. Someone who is a double leg amputee can golf from the seat with plenty of clearance to swing the club. The golf bag is easily stowed and accessible atop the front of the SoloRider.
ParaGolfer up to a full standing position, with knee and (if necessary) chest cushioned braces, allowing one to bend or flex at the waist with support. This makes activities like fishing, or simply standing up to hug someone, easily achievable. You can stow a golf bag along one side, which keeps the overall profile of the vehicle low.
Adaptive golf has taken off around the country and many other adaptive devices exist for use of golf clubs, teeing the ball, putting, gripping, picking up the ball, and golfing with prosthetic limbs. Disabled Sports USA has organized these resources, including adaptive golf associations that have formed around the U.S for amputee, one-armed and blind golfers.
Locally near Boston, I am very impressed with Golf For All's adaptive programs at Braintree Municipal Golf Course in Braintree, MA, serving people with cognitive impairments (including autism) and veterans. You can find excellent videos of these programs on Golf For All's webpage. Two other recommendations: Northeast Passage runs adaptive golf clinics at the Windham Country Club in Windham, NH. Spaulding Rehab Hospital's Adaptive Sports Center has developed an adaptive golf program called "Back In the Swing" using Granite Links in Quincy, MA and DCR's Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course in Weston, MA. Leo J.Martin Memorial Golf Course has had recent renovations to the green and indoor facility and it is now much improved for universal access.
I might just have to take a golf lesson to investigate further!