How Florida Clubs are Coping with COVID-19
During this time of crisis, many golf clubs are still operating at a reduced level. Since golf is played outside and
golfers can keep recommended distances from each other, it seems many golfers still want to play. Below is a list of actions we have heard some clubs are taking to protect their staff and golfers.
Please note that this list is not official recommendations; rather, we just wanted to share what some clubs are doing. Please follow guidance from our government health officials and other leaders.
- Some clubs have closed all functions indefinitely
- Coolers have been removed
- Ball washers have been removed
- Sand buckets for divots have been removed
- Rakes have been removed and golfers asked to smooth sand with their feet
- Since rakes were removed, some clubs are allowing relief from footprints in bunkers
- Carts are being sanitized after each use
- Limiting one cart per person unless family members
- Allowing walking the course at all times (cart not required)
- No touching of the flagstick
- Removal of all flagsticks on the course and offering hole location sheets
- Removal of putting green flagsticks
- Turning the hole liners upside (pictured right). This practice stops the ball from falling too much below ground allowing for people to retrieve the ball without touching the flagstick
- Cutting pool floating noodles or PVC pipe into two-inch sections that fit it hole to keep balls near the surface for easy retrieval
- Clubhouses have been closed or they limit the amount of people entering
- Food and beverage operations have been closed or modified. Some clubs are take-out only. Some clubs are using servers to deliver food to homes. Clubs are opening food ordering to non-members.