Golf courses are one of the business that get to reopen in a limited capacity later this week despite Governor Evers' Stay At Home Order pushing back to May 26. Now, most golf courses are already sold out for opening day this Friday.
Courses need to abide by several restrictions while opening. One of them is all bookings and payments need to be done ahead of time online or over the phone. Odana Hills in Madison has a full slate of booked tee times on Friday.
"Typically we go with eight minute tee time intervals. Now with social distancing we are going to look to go 12 minutes intervals," said Ryan Brinza the Head Golf professional at Odana Hills.
Another restriction is no golf cart are allowed to be used for the time being.
Golf Course Restrictions:
- The use of golf carts is prohibited
- Social Distancing requirements must be observed at all times, unless players reside in the same living unit or household.
- All tee times and payments must be made in advance online or by phone.
- Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.
- Tee Times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes.
- Driving ranges and miniature golf must remain closed.
"With all of the new restrictions that are in place for golf courses it makes thing a little bit different trying to get everything ready to go," said Brinza.
Across town at the Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, they are expecting roughly 150 golfers this Friday to reopen.
"Our clubhouse is still closed, so we don't have any food and beverage. The golf shop is still closed as well," said Shaun Finley, the Director of Golf Operations at the Oaks.
Finley continued, "online tee times, people paying over the phone. They can literally come from their car down to the first tee and back to their car. We are learning how to adjust and operate different."
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