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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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3 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

I've stopped telling people I play golf.  Instead, I play lawn darts.

Are you being serious, and if so, did you find that people were treating you differently once they knew that you played?

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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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11 minutes ago, Bonvivant said:

Are you being serious, and if so, did you find that people were treating you differently once they knew that you played?

I've never been accused of being serious. But I do notice certain nuanced glances and rolling of eyes when I mention I play golf.  Then I go on to say that I play polo and croquet.  End of date.

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25 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

I've stopped telling people I play golf.  

Sadly, I have as well. I have grown tired of the conversation with non-golfers trying to answer the question of golf being "essential" during this time. 

I have found, despite their knowledge of me personally being limited to a few things I am able to do because of a medical condition, they would rather chastise us all. The folks I have had conversations with don't want to hear that it provides mental clarity, exercise and a way to deal with PTS. Nor are they interested in the implemented safeguards most courses have taken. They still think we are all out there grab assing, yucking it up, high-fiving, chugging beers and bourbon and disregarding any semblance of social distancing. Therefore, I have decided to abstain from telling others I play.

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3 minutes ago, Greg 504 said:

Sadly, I have as well. I have grown tired of the conversation with non-golfers trying to answer the question of golf being "essential" during this time. 

I have found, despite their knowledge of me personally being limited to a few things I am able to do because of a medical condition, they would rather chastise us all. The folks I have had conversations with don't want to hear that it provides mental clarity, exercise and a way to deal with PTS. Nor are they interested in the implemented safeguards most courses have taken. They still think we are all out there grab assing, yucking it up, high-fiving, chugging beers and bourbon and disregarding any semblance of social distancing. Therefore, I have decided to abstain from telling others I play.

Just tell them your regular caddie has tested negative, the Claret jug you sip from is disinfected and your Miura golf clubs are safe in your locker.

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2 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Just tell them your regular caddie has tested negative, the Claret jug you sip from is disinfected and your Miura golf clubs are safe in your locker.

LOL!

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46 minutes ago, Bonvivant said:

Most people inside of the game probably agree with it, but just about everyone that I have met that doesn't play sees it as elitist (white, expensive, exclusionary, etc.).

That doesn't mean they're right.

Golf is played by people of all colors, genders, age levels, and income levels.

It's not an "elitist" sport. There are elitist places within the sport, but the game itself is not elitist at all.

It used to be, but hell, all recreation used to be, because all recreation used to require both the free time and the expendable money.

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Well I am thankful to be living in AZ right now.  Our Governor seems to understand that some non essential activities are necessary (is that contradictory?) to the well being of the population.  I have my differences with our Governor at times, but have to say he has done a good job with the shutdown.

Situation here is some courses have shut down voluntary rather than adopt the modified rules, but most are open for play, both public and private.

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2 hours ago, ghalfaire said:

Well I am thankful to be living in AZ right now.  Our Governor seems to understand that some non essential activities are necessary (is that contradictory?) to the well being of the population.  I have my differences with our Governor at times, but have to say he has done a good job with the shutdown.

Situation here is some courses have shut down voluntary rather than adopt the modified rules, but most are open for play, both public and private.

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6 hours ago, Bonvivant said:

1) That is contrarian indeed. Most people inside of the game probably agree with it, but just about everyone that I have met that doesn't play sees it as elitist (white, expensive, exclusionary, etc.).

2) I've actually been on dates, and when I mention that golf is one of my main hobbies, the mood changes and it's pretty much the end of the date (not physically, but figuratively).

1) You hanging around with a lot of socialists or Democrats....lol.....I've played golf for 52 years and no one I've met (whether they play or don't play golf) have mentioned anything about golf as elitist. 

White???....come here to Vancouver....many courses have 70% Asian golfers....many of those Koreans.

Expensive???....I live in one of the most expensive cities in North America for real estate....I played 100 times last year....I think I spent under $2500 by using 2 for 1 coupons or twilight and these are not garbage courses....yes....many courses have full summer rack rate of $75-$110....and with e-commerce used club retailers, Craiglist, Ebay, etc....it's pretty easy to find quality used equipment nowadays....my entire bag is about $600...with many quality sticks that perform.

Golf doesn't necessarily need to be expensive......a ski lift ticket at the Whistler ticket window is now approx $200...never heard many say skiing is elitist. 

Exclusionary???....of the 5 top private clubs here....as long as I bring my $50-90K check for the initiation....they'll accept my membership application (with my sponsorship). 

2) Do as you wish...but I think you should find other women to start dating...just sayin.😁...or start dating Korean women......they LUV golf....but you better have deep pockets though.🤣

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We just traveled Alabama and Mississippi, and there was very little evidence of social responsibility.

WalMart seems to be doing a good job, via their employees, but it has not transferred to their customers.

Masks?  Huh?  Distancing?  Virus?

Must be a Yankee city thing.

Mask

 

 

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5 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

Cobblestone in Georgia is getting attention because this:

 

Not sure if this solves the problem.  One of the responses on the Instagram page addresses this.  I liken the virus to fresh/wet red paint that never dries.  So you leave the house to play golf going out the back door that your young son, who is a secret carrier, used just before you.  You smear that "wet red paint" all over your steering wheel on your drive to the course.  Momentarily it's all over your equipment and golf ball.  You have a seven footer on the first hole for birdie and can it.  Not only is that "paint" all over the bottom of the hole (or noodle, or this device) but is on your putting line for the guy in the next foursome to putt through.  And on and on and on...    I hope this is just my overthinking of this and not actually the case.

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36 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Not sure if this solves the problem.  One of the responses on the Instagram page addresses this.  I liken the virus to fresh/wet red paint that never dries.  So you leave the house to play golf going out the back door that your young son, who is a secret carrier, used just before you.  You smear that "wet red paint" all over your steering wheel on your drive to the course.  Momentarily it's all over your equipment and golf ball.  You have a seven footer on the first hole for birdie and can it.  Not only is that "paint" all over the bottom of the hole (or noodle, or this device) but is on your putting line for the guy in the next foursome to putt through.  And on and on and on...    I hope this is just my overthinking of this and not actually the case.

First, the "paint" can dry, and second, I think you're drastically over-estimating the "density" of that paint. It's more like a few flakes of pepper.

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11 minutes ago, iacas said:

First, the "paint" can dry, and second, I think you're drastically over-estimating the "density" of that paint. It's more like a few flakes of pepper.

But doesn't it take 72 hours to dry on a hard surface?  In the meantime, to keep my sanity, I'll go with the "few flakes of pepper" theory.

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13 hours ago, Mr22putt said:

1) You hanging around with a lot of socialists or Democrats....lol.....I've played golf for 52 years and no one I've met (whether they play or don't play golf) have mentioned anything about golf as elitist. 

White???....come here to Vancouver....many courses have 70% Asian golfers....many of those Koreans.

Expensive???....I live in one of the most expensive cities in North America for real estate....I played 100 times last year....I think I spent under $2500 by using 2 for 1 coupons or twilight and these are not garbage courses....yes....many courses have full summer rack rate of $75-$110....and with e-commerce used club retailers, Craiglist, Ebay, etc....it's pretty easy to find quality used equipment nowadays....my entire bag is about $600...with many quality sticks that perform.

Golf doesn't necessarily need to be expensive......a ski lift ticket at the Whistler ticket window is now approx $200...never heard many say skiing is elitist. 

Exclusionary???....of the 5 top private clubs here....as long as I bring my $50-90K check for the initiation....they'll accept my membership application (with my sponsorship). 

2) Do as you wish...but I think you should find other women to start dating...just sayin.😁...or start dating Korean women......they LUV golf....but you better have deep pockets though.🤣

No politics please.

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I have to say, I have never actually heard people consider golf elitist.  Maybe it was at one point.  But the cost of golfing is fairly reasonable compared to most hobbies in today’s world.  
  I don’t get a reaction either way from people when I tell them I golf.  Most people don’t care.  

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County courses $32 to walk $36 with reservations to walk. Average round 4-4.5 hours. That is roughly $8 an hour. That isn’t exactly elitist money. 
 

You do need to live in the county and purchase a green fee card, it is good for 3 years. Still not elitist. 

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Golf courses are closed in Washington state.  Ugggh!  I just listened to an interview with Governor Inslee on KJR Sports radio.  They really grilled him on when he would open up golf courses. Turns out he is a golfer himself but his wife usually beats him.  His Father-in-Law is a former club pro. But Inslee usually beats his wife on the basketball court when playing HORSE.  You can tell he understands our angst.  I'm betting courses will be open between May 5 and May 18.  With numerous restrictions, of course.  Time for me to wash my clubs and sharpen the grooves of my wedges...

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