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County to allow San Diego golf courses to reopen if they play by the rules

Many golf courses remain open, implement new guidelines amid COVID-19 pandemic
Posted at 6:42 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 21:42:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County is giving golf courses guidance on reopening after locations were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Golf courses could be allowed to reopen starting Friday, "if they can enforce social distancing," according to the county's website.

A proposed "golf course physical distancing and safety plan" lists a range of safety precautions for courses to adhere to in order to reopen.

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Precautions in the checklist include:

  • Staff must check the temperature of each guest upon entry to the facility.
  • Cart usage is limited to a single golfer, unless golfers are from the same household.
  • Golfers will handle and care for their own bags and equipment, not course staff.
  • Tee time intervals will be monitored to regulate the number of players on the course at one time and to ensure social distancing.
  • Players may not arrive on the tee box until the previous group has left the teeing ground.
  • Golfers are prohibited from touching flagsticks.
  • Courses will remove golf ball washers.

A full list of policies courses would be required to adhere to can be found here.

The document also requires courses to follow the county's public health policies on social distancing and bans on social or group gatherings.

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All course employees must also follow the county's face covering mandate and be trained to recognize and address anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.

Previously, courses were only allowed to reopen for people who live within a walking distance to use for walking or running, but not for golfing.

Courses were originally included in the county's public health order closing parks, public recreation areas, and beaches.

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