SoloRider Helping Nashville Golfers
Get Back in the Game at Through the Green Highland Rim
CENTENNIAL, COLO. (May 16, 2007) - John Doerr, owner of Through the Green Highland Rim golf course outside Nashville, knew it was time to make a commitment to accessible golf when he heard the news that one of his longtime staff members had suffered a brain aneurism.
"There for a while, it looked like David might lose the use of an arm or a leg. I couldn't stand the thought of him not being able to play golf," Doerr said, referring to David Ward, a marshal at the 11-year-old course. The prospect of Ward missing out on the game he loved convinced Doerr the time was right to purchase the course's first SoloRider golf car.
Fortunately, Ward has made a full recovery and doesn't need the full-course access the SoloRider provides. But others in the Nashville area who have limited mobility are beginning to book tee times at the 18-hole daily fee course to take advantage of the area's only single-rider golf car.
"I think there's a market out there for this golf car," Doerr said, referring to the 46 million disabled Americans, approximately 5 million of whom are considered candidates to play golf.
"But more importantly, I feel we have a responsibility to do the right thing when it comes to helping people enjoy the game. We've always welcomed women and junior players. This is just a natural extension of that attitude."
The SoloRider golf car, which was presented the 2006 Excellence in Achievement Award - New Product of the Year by the Association of Private Clubs and Directors earlier this year, features ergonomically designed controls and a patented seat that rotates and lifts to help players hit their shots without leaving the vehicle. The car's even weight distribution and suspension system make it safe to go on tees and greens without damaging the turf.
Established in 1991, Centennial, CO-based SoloRider Management LLC manufactures and distributes the industry's leading single-rider golf car. SoloRider is the only single-rider golf car that meets or exceeds the safety, performance, stability, speed and suspension standards of conventional golf cars. In 2002, SoloRider received the prestigious da Vinci Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit in recognition of innovations that empowered all people, regardless of physical ability. Monroe Berkman, an avid golfer, polio survivor and longtime user of the SoloRider golf car, purchased the company in 2004.
Bill Bryant, Bryant Marketing Communications
Roger Pretekin, SoloRider Management, LLC
800-898-3353 (Ext. 24)