Local golf courses open with guidelines

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 March 2020 at 12:32 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Two local golfers are shown playing a Shelridge this morning.

With many businesses and activities closed down due to the current Coronavirus concern area golfers anxious to get in some practice  did receive some welcome good news this week as state officials have allowed golf courses to open which locally includes Shelridge, Hickory Ridge and White Birch.

“The course is open and we are following state guidelines,” said Shelridge Club Manager Brett Decker in referring to the guidelines issued by  the New York State Golf Association for golfers and courses.

Hickory Ridge General Manager Sean Brooks, stated that ” the course is open for play, weather permitting. Please call the pro shop to verify, the number is 595 638-4653.  Carts are out on all 18 holes.”

Brooks added that he “prefers the public to reserve and pay online as they cannot take cash.  If online is not available please call the pro shop to arrange for payment.”

The State Golf Association release states that “courses in New York are allowed to remain open but must implement all Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state-mandated guidelines, and promote safe, social distancing. There is to be no access to pro shops, locker rooms, indoor facilities and restaurants/bars (unless for take-out purposes only).

“Social distancing on the course may include: Stay at least 6 feet away from others. Don’t shake hands before or after your game. Leave the flagstick in the hole. Remove rakes and ball washers from the course. Do not share clubs or any other equipment and if using a golf cart, limit to one person.

“Due to the unique COVID-19 precautions taking place at golf courses the United States Golf Association (USGA) has provided guidance on how to use the flexibility provided in the Rules of Golf while protecting public health.”