March 19, 2020

How Florida Clubs are Coping with COVID-19

What we have heard from our member clubs...

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.

Stay safe!

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