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Is Golf Available Where You Live? (COVID-19 Edition)


COVID-19 and Golf  

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  1. 1. Are golf courses near you open for play? (Please change your vote as the situation changes.)

    • Almost all are open.
      109
    • Some golf courses are still open for play.
      60
    • No golf courses near me are open for play due to COVID-19.
      64
  2. 2. What modifications have golf courses that are open for play made? Select all that apply.

    • Limited restaurant/pro shop/clubhouse access.
      115
    • No indoor access at all.
      66
    • Removed ball washers and/or rakes from the course.
      149
    • Tee times spaced further apart.
      72
    • Carts limited to single riders.
      105
    • No carts at all - walking only.
      44
    • Raised cups or foam or PVC inserts to minimize contact with the flagstick/hole.
      146
    • Plentiful hand sanitizer solutions.
      32
    • Only members can play - course is closed to guests.
      22
    • Contact reduced or eliminated - payments handled solely online or by phone.
      65
    • Modifications to group size - twosomes only, threesomes only, family members only, etc.
      18
    • Course is closed.
      70


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On 4/4/2020 at 8:08 AM, Cartboy said:

Same here, just announced yesterday.  Our Florida Courses have been classified as essential.  Our Northern course just got reclassified as essential.  Only open Fri-Sun 1-6 for now.  1 per cart. No pairings with strangers.  No clubhouse.  Online payments only.  No rakes.  No touching flagsticks.  Disinfect carts before and after.

I meant to say my Northern course is now open 7:30-1:00, with carts needing to be in by 6:00, Fri-Sun.

I've been watching tee times online, and no one is playing.  I don't even see the members taking tee times.

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GolfNow has changed their name to GolfLater.

In Vietnam we have 0 case out there in public for about 2 months, only some cases coming back from other countries and they are all quarantined. So everything is back to normal for more than 1 mo

Governor Tom Wolf clearly does not understand golf OR fishing (the fishing season opened up two weeks EARLY recently). And yeah, southeastern PA is a hot spot. It's Philly, right near NYC. What a

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Here is NY, Cuomo is pretty tone def. I don’t see why now to close golf courses. Maybe Close mid March and re open now if anything. Looks like a poor reactive decision based on ineptitude. That is his m.o.  sorry for the political view. Just annoyed by poor leadership in this state. 

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Beaches?

Ours was the last beach open in SW FL the big Spring Break weekend.  On that Saturday, there were people from all over overrunning our beaches, parking everywhere, anywhere.  If we were to have an outbreak from that, it would be about now.  Actually, officials are expecting our peak in 10 days.

That Sunday @ 6:00 AM, our beaches were closed, and all the outsiders left.  A few days later, the County put Beach Closed signs on the little streets that end at the beach, and that ended the outsiders parking.  Locals within walking distance are still going to the beach and a remote pay parking lot that is free now is normally full.

Deputies are patrolling . . . more police protection than normal.

But, the private beach clubs still have a lot of cars in their parking lots on beachy days.

The beach resorts have shut down, except for the timeshares (which have owners).  But even those are down to a half-dozen cars.

Good timing, actually, because we are getting beach replenishment, and that has to be done by May, sea turtle season.  The replenishment team is to where they have half a public beach, and then six private properties, and they're done.  They already did the other main public beach, which would have been shut down for that anyway.

Now that the Snowbirds have left, shopping is civilized again.  The line is set up at our WalMart, but I did not have to wait at 8:15 this morning.  I got our preferred brand of TP, 2-ply, big rolls, multi-pack.  I heard we may need to take some north, because the hoarding is just hitting there now.

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I live in Richmond hill,Ontario,Canada, I believe the COVID-19 will end at the end of this month. The spring is coming, could play golf every week

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I must say that I now think I have played with all the flag /hole options that I have heard of in Covid times: Flagstick normal, cup insert so that ball is partcially below hole, swim noodle insert (ball goes in but not as deep), and cup raised above the ground (you hit it it's considered in).  Quite frankly, the cup insert and swim noodle can stay as far as I'm concerned.  It's easier to get the ball out with the flagstick in and I don't see how the swallower cup is going to change whether balls go in or not.  The raised cup is interesting - you feel like you can just hit solid putts right at it without fear.  I made almost every knee knocker today, and they were all dead center and would have gone in anyway.  It's a visual that I need to remind myself of the next time I play with a regular flag.  My partner, however, crushed two putts from deep that hit the raised cup hard and ricocheted hard - a good laugh.

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3 minutes ago, Aguirre said:

There's some hope that the PA golf courses will open soon.

In Colorado, there are people petitioning to close golf courses.  Even though only some courses are open and are taking precautions like other states that have courses open, there are people who wants to close golf courses too.

I am hoping by the time the petition gets serious considerations, they will loosen up the rules.

Although when I played on Thursday, some people were not keeping 6' distance on the tee box or the greens.  More like 2-4 feet.  And some people (including me) wore a mask when playing.

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2 minutes ago, iacas said:

How do you figure?

Seriously asking.

My friend said he heard that Wolf has heard from golfers and said they may be open on May 1. I don't know where he heard this but my buddy called me specifically to tell me this.

I'm not reading or watching news past headlines. I've been more relaxed since I stopped.

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5 minutes ago, Aguirre said:

My friend said he heard that Wolf has heard from golfers and said they may be open on May 1. I don't know where he heard this but my buddy called me specifically to tell me this.

Thanks.

But it's only April 11, so I don't know if I'd call May 1 "soon."

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1 minute ago, iacas said:

Thanks.

But it's only April 11, so I don't know if I'd call May 1 "soon."

Well the weather is always spotty until then anyway. Won't miss many playable days.

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6 minutes ago, Aguirre said:

Well the weather is always spotty until then anyway. Won't miss many playable days.

You must only play when it's 60°+. We've missed four playable days in the last seven, and on two of the three that I'm not counting we got snow.

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4 minutes ago, iacas said:

You must only play when it's 60°+. We've missed four playable days in the last seven, and on two of the three that I'm not counting we got snow.

I'll go down to the 50s if it's sunny. I refuse to wear pants when I play golf.

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16 minutes ago, iacas said:

You must only play when it's 60°+. We've missed four playable days in the last seven, and on two of the three that I'm not counting we got snow.

That’s me, but it has to be on the higher side of 60s. 

12 minutes ago, Aguirre said:

I'll go down to the 50s if it's sunny. I refuse to wear pants when I play golf.

I used to streak too. 

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On 4/10/2020 at 1:37 PM, OB IKNOWTHEE said:

Thank God I live in Arizona. Golf is about all that's left.

Amen.  Although I note some Phoenix Metro courses have voluntarily closed.  After the snowbirds left of course.

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On 4/10/2020 at 8:48 AM, eich41 said:

Starbucks is open,

Ours closed up completely. Not even drive through. 

On 4/11/2020 at 8:50 PM, Aguirre said:

I refuse to wear pants when I play golf.

That’s one way to promote social distancing.

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More and more courses are starting to open up here in the Denver area. The one I play most frequently will be opening back up on Saturday. And then aerating Monday.

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Why they couldn't aerate when the course was closed, I have no idea. Maintenance was allowed while the course was closed for play. I won't be able to play for a while anyways, but it's still annoying.

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48 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

More and more courses are starting to open up here in the Denver area. The one I play most frequently will be opening back up on Saturday. And then aerating Monday.

Why they couldn't aerate when the course was closed, I have no idea. Maintenance was allowed while the course was closed for play. I won't be able to play for a while anyways, but it's still annoying.

Because that would make sense. I've wondering the same thing about courses here. Why not punch them while they are closed, but most courses are open with restrictions now.

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