American Lake Veterans Hospital Golf Course has one of the few SoloRider golf carts that has a seat that rises, turns and tilts to allow an immobilized person to play golf. Pepper Roberts of the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakewood demonstrates how the special golf cart works.
The $7,100 cart is one of four at the American lake facility. Pepper pointed this one was provided by the Amvets Post #1. The sunshade automatically tilts backward when the seat is tilted forward. A seatbelt and an optional chest harness helps hold the golfer in the cart.
With contributions from the community, the golf course has been upgraded over the last year and additional improvements are planned for this year, according to Pepper.
The golf course at the hospital was created in 1931 and is dedicated to providing golf to veterans with disabilities as part of their rehabilitation and treatment program.
Government funding for the operatios and maintenance of all VA golf courses was eliminated in 1995. At that time, volunteers struck an agreement with the VA to run and maintain the course at no expense to the government.
This led to the creation of the non-profit Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course which has maintained the course completely since its establishment. It strives to continue course improvements, care and maintenance of the course and appeals to the public for financial support. Since 2004, $257,412.26 has been raised by the group to fund the course operations, according to Pepper Roberts, group spokesman.
For additional information, contact Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, 10101 Cedrona St SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, phone 253-584-6808.