Golf course closings

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By BMaddigan

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  1. Apparently, golf courses are not considered an essential service in Ontario, and therefore they will be either closing, or never opening. I played on the weekend, and this is a perfect way to practise social distancing. Everybody walked, keeping 6ft between us, flag sticks stayed in, everyone drove themselves to the course. Pine Knot has already rolled their greens, and their fairways are completely dry. Hopefully, we get to open in 2 weeks.

  2. Darius V

    Darius V
    Barrie, ON

    I am hoping that the courses will be able to open. It is really not much different than going for a walk in the park. We just need to be responsible individuals and maintain our safe distancing ! We shall see. I would not be surprised if it is allowed at the beginning. We just have to hope that people do not start breaking their social distancing. One complaint to the ministry would be all it takes to have them issue an edict. So - No sharing carts, leave the flag stick in, no high fives, stay 6 feet away from each other, and set a good example !
  3. Barry S

    Barry S
    Oakville, ON

    I too would love to have courses open, and agree, it is not much different than taking a walk if people are conscious and respectful of what they are doing.
    I saw on the net that some courses have placed the cups upside down so the ball cannot go in, not having people touching the cup.
    I believe that an issue they may have with opening up courses is protecting the staff that checks you in upon arrival.
    If they can leave car dealerships open, they can certainly figure out how to keep a golf course open.
  4. Tosh.


    I’m in Scotland and we are all closed. ‍♂️
  5. Goldpanner

    Trail, BC

    In Trail, British Columbia the closing of the local courses because of Covid19 could permanently close the courses because of bankruptcy. Birchbank is on it's last legs and Redstone has been for sale for at least 4 years.

    Not a good time to be in the golf course industry if you are a public course owner.
  6. To be truthful, there is never really a good time to own a golf course. The failure rate is as high as restaurants and gas stations.
  7. William Glancy

    William Glancy

    i fear that forced closures will be the end for many courses. i'm in Alberta and we have a short enough season to begin with.

    if they force the courses closed and don't even let the staff do the required maintenance, courses will quickly slip away. they require constant maintenance and if left with zero maintenance for months on end i fear that many will be unrecoverable.

    this could be VERY VERY bad. makes a guy sad.

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