Golf Courses in Illinois Are Set to Open, But With Many Rules and Restrictions

Golf Courses in Illinois Are Set to Open, But With Many Rules and Restrictions

Timber Creek Golf, Emerald Hill, Lost Nation and Deer Valley Golf Club are among the many golf courses that will be opening up today. Golf Courses in Illinois can now operate, under Illinois’ modified stay-at-home order taking effect today, but that comes with strict restrictions.

Golfers won’t be able to use golf carts and must register their tee time online or by calling the golf course. The clubhouse will be closed. Players will be grouped in twosomes only. Golfers must maintain social distancing and must not touch the flags, or ball cleaners.

Many rules and restrictions have been established in order for golf courses to be open.

Golf Clubs and Management restrictions:

Require online or telephone bookings

Players shall be grouped in twosomes.

15 minutes between tee-times:

Average tee-times are roughly 12minutes apart. Spreading out bookings would ensure people do not congregate at tee boxes.

Spacing out the tee times would also limit the number of people at the golf course.

Signage describing operational changes including: no congregating, increased frequency of cleaning, no handshakes, and maintain social distancing between players

No practice ranges, chipping greens, or putting greens to limit large gatherings of individuals.

No golf carts may be used on course (either owned by golf club or privately owned), except individuals with a physical disability or physical limitations that prevent them from walking the course may rent a cart from the golf club.

Only privately-owned pull carts may be utilized, rental of pull carts from the course will not be allowed

Elevate the “bottom” of the cup: This can be done by placing the cup upside down so that the new bottom is roughly an inch below the lip of the hole. Golfers could retrieve their ball without having to put their hand in the bottom of the regular cup. Alternatively, place Styrofoam in the bottom of the cup

Flags cannot be removed from the cup

Clubhouses, halfway houses, and pro shops shall remain closed.

Prohibit beverage and snack carts

Courses shall operate at a minimum basic operations level of staff to limit customer and staff contact; i.e. “starter”, “course manager”, “maintenance crew”, “kitchen staff to prepare to-go only food service.

Remove drinking water jugs and prohibit use of water fountains that are permanently affixed with signage

Elimination of on-course and practice facility touchpoints (i.e. bag drop, benches, ball washes, bunker/sand trap rakes, rental equipment, and water coolers)

Hand sanitizer and soap in all restrooms, including those on the course. Restrooms shall be sanitized regularly

No indoor events or outside tournaments

Restaurants can remain open for takeout only; all tables and chairs removed or flipped upside down to prohibit use

Indoor facilities may be open for minimal operations for use by golf course workers to facilitate the outdoor recreation footprint and activity

Player Restrictions:

Any players with any symptoms of COVID-19, should not play

In addition, any players from a household with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 should not play

Golfers must walk and carry own clubs; no caddies.

Bring your own supply of balls, tees, ball markers, and any other equipment needed to play golf.

Insist on social distancing on tees, greens, and throughout the round

Players shall maintain adequate physical distancing between other twosomes.

Golfers should pick up their own ball

Handle your own scorecard

Bring your own water/sports drink, towel, and snack

Do not use the public drinking fountain or ball cleaner

Leave the flag in place while putting

Sort out the sand in the bunker with a club

Put on your golf shoes at your vehicle

Bring hand sanitizer with you and use during your round and at the end

No handshakes at the beginning of the round or at the 18th hole