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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.
      106
    • Some golf courses are still open for play.
      59
    • No golf courses near me are open for play due to COVID-19.
      63
  2. 2. What modifications have golf courses that are open for play made? Select all that apply.

    • Limited restaurant/pro shop/clubhouse access.
      114
    • No indoor access at all.
      66
    • Removed ball washers and/or rakes from the course.
      147
    • 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.
      144
    • Plentiful hand sanitizer solutions.
      31
    • Only members can play - course is closed to guests.
      21
    • 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.
      69


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Just now, CarlSpackler said:

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.

We're open and our course just aerated. 

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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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1 minute ago, jsgolfer said:

We're open and our course just aerated. 

Our City owned courses are still closed. It would be nice if they would punch them now. I would do the tee boxes and fairways too. I don't think you would need to sand-fill the fairways or tee boxes. The plugs would dissolve naturally with all the rain we are supposed to get in the next week. It would do wonders for those courses.

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1 hour 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.

Could it be they were waiting for appropriate soil temperature? Around here it’s been in 60s so many courses aerated. Fairways and tee boxes would be fine to do when it’s on colder side. But to do greens, theyd want good growth first. Otherwise itll take quite a bit longer to come back. 

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5 minutes ago, phillyk said:

Could it be they were waiting for appropriate soil temperature? Around here it’s been in 60s so many courses aerated. Fairways and tee boxes would be fine to do when it’s on colder side. But to do greens, theyd want good growth first. Otherwise itll take quite a bit longer to come back. 

It's possible, but other courses around here were aerating around April 1st (while closed).

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2 hours 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.

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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.

While more courses do seem to be opening up, this snow will likely keep the courses closed until sometime next week (Maybe I should post this in "Winter Depression" thread).  Up where I am, we got about 8-12 inches and its still coming down. 

I hear more snow on Thursday.  So my guess is most of the courses won't be open this weekend.

 

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Latest clarification from the Governor's office is private or membership courses may allow play as long as no club employees are there, other than grounds crew.  Twosomes or single players walking and observing social distancing.  Equity clubs can vote to allow play.  Non-equity private club's ownership may choose to allow their members to play.  Public courses with memberships may also do the same.  No play for pay.

i expect some private courses to allow play.  As I am not a member anywhere, my vacation continues.  Sigh.

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Played last Thursday and hit it really good, have a 2:10 today.  No rakes etc, one per cart, unbelievable weather and the course is greening up nicely.

All courses open down here, it's just not as many folks down here I reckon.

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45 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

Not sure if this graphic was already posted, it's two weeks old, but a snapshot of that's going on.

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Michigan has 27,001 people recorded with the virus and 1768 deaths as of today.   1366 new today with 166 deaths.   

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Honolulu and Lana’i it’s a no go, I think every mayor shut the courses down public and private but Big Island may not have. On Lana’i the cop actually came up to the free public course and told everyone to leave, but you can sneak up quietly with just few clubs and 1 or 2 players. Honolulu first had the muni’s closed then they forced by decree the private courses close as well. Too bad because the muni’s on Honolulu are set up good for social distancing with the starters behind some cage. Too bad, I got all this time off, and can only swing practice balls in the backyard. 
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I was at the grocery store yesterday and was thinking to myself "how is this anymore dangerous than golf would be?" But alas, every golf course and most ranges in NJ are closed. 

Theres stuff you can do to limit the risk of infection and still have golf.  Like perhaps only one person to a cart, no removing or touching the flags, limited traffic in pro shops and only every other stall used at ranges. Even requiring only mobile pay options can be used in order to eliminate touching. Its better than nothing..

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Totteridge, a course about 2.5 hours from me, sent this email today:

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Of course, big whoop if this is true:

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Health officials have warned against reopening businesses too early because of the risk of a re-emerging spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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5 minutes ago, iacas said:
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Weighing the ethics of playing a game in the midst of a crisis.

 

I am biased, but it is OUR exercise.  I don't own an expensive bicycle, which is legal and accepted.  But my golf gear pushes the "Expenso-meter".

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Well, all I k ow that here in Washington I am not counting on being able to golf, or fly fish which is my other hobby for the very foreseeable future.   Governor seems to be hinting at not opening anything up for quite some time 

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