Latest Government Regulation Gang-Bang Victims: Miniature Golf Course Owners

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I used to know a guy who owned a miniature golf course. He didn’t make much money at it (especially considering in Michigan it could only be open a few months a year), but he maintained the business for many years on a slim margin. Not unlike the latest swimming pool regulations that have had public pool owners saying it’ll be cheaper for them to close the pool than to upgrade to meet new regs, other businesses operating on a slim margin will find it more economically feasible to just close up shop rather than spend money they’ll never be able to recover to satisfy federal regs.

The latest victim is miniature golf courses:

Although the Justice Department has extended the deadline for America’s hotels to comply with regulations regarding handicap access to swimming pools, new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines are already being applied at miniature golf courses, driving ranges, amusement parks, shooting ranges and saunas.

Among the provisions in the “Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design,” which went into effect on March 15, is one requiring businesses to allow miniature horses on their premises as guide animals for the disabled. Another limits the height of slopes on miniature golf holes.
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The 2010 ADA standards for Accessible Design require that at least 50 percent of golf holes on miniature golf courses be “accessible” – with a ground space that is “48 inches minimum by 60 inches minimum with slopes not steeper than 1:48 at the start of play.”

So, yet another sector of business is on the way to being regulated to death.

Next up on the bureaucrat agenda, making mini golf holes less difficult so they don’t damage the self esteem of players:

Author: Doug Powers

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