How to Make a Lakeside Cottage Handicapped Friendly

“The old man turned 98. He won the lottery and died the next day…Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you…Isn’t It Ironic?” Alanis Morissette

When I was 32, and moved to our little cliff dwelling on Lake Road, I had no problems digging holes, laying stone walls, or carrying buckets of water up 18 steps from the lake for the flowers. It was great fun! In fact, almost everyone handicap placard on the road worked in their gardens, fixed up their cottages, walked up and down the road, and swam in the lake. We were all hail and hardy! But, what do you do when you become handicapped?

Over the next 15 years, my neighbors aged and their lifestyles changed. Some of them quit working all year and started going to Florida in the winter. Some of them sold their cottages and moved away. Some of them got bigger and better riding lawn mowers. And, my older friend, Marge, quit walking down her steep steps and sitting by the water. It was hard for me to realize why she couldn’t just hang on to the railing. She was missing out on all that fun we had floating with our neighbors on hot summer days. How naïve I was. Or it may be I was just oblivious to her aging and weakening legs.

Then my parents started giving me the same kind of reluctance to navigating my 18 steps. (I gave them some slack as they were 87 and 91!) And then it was my turn. The ALS that I was stricken with in six years previously finally affected my legs. Suddenly I understood so much! So I retired-but now I’m the one who can’t get down to and enjoy the lake. How ironic…

I was unfortunately amazed at all of the things that were difficult or impossible with a walker or wheelchair. And so began our quest to make our home handicap-friendly. Some updates were easy-some were costly. Some of these renovations may be helpful at your cottage, especially if a family member, close friend or you become handicapped, but still want to enjoy your cottage at the lake

The handicap system as it applies to the game of golf is very unique as it involves permitting players of different playing abilities to compete against each other on an equal basis. No other sport has such a feature and so it pays to look at this in a little more detail. Because of the benefits of an officially recognized handicap every golfer ‘ no matter how well or poorly they play the game ‘ can play against each other and have a realistic ability to win.

The handicap system ensures fair play by bringing golfers of all levels as well as playing abilities together and competing without worrying about the gap in their playing abilities. A handicap is nothing but a means to calibrate how well or poorly a golfer plays in relation to scratch.

Once a player has his handicap evaluated they can then play various competitions with their scores later being adjusted according to their handicaps.

However, there are two distinct forms of handicap as it relates to the game of golf: one of course is the official handicap while the other is the unofficial handicap. In any case, these handicaps give you the opportunity to compete in golf club tournament and in most cases your handicap will have to be established in an official manner and that is done by the club’s committee.

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