Things you need to know before going to the golf course

Posted at 6:16 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 03:20:11-04

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — With weather in the 60s and golf courses back open to the public, golfers are on "Cloud 9." But it's not completely back to normal. There are some new rules that come with hitting the links.

"You always gotta keep your distance...It's like everybody's on pins and needles sometimes," said Aurelio Ayala, a regular golfer at Delaware Park.

Courses aren't packed because you now have to call ahead for a tee time.

"The tee time kind of forces you to do tee time with people you know," said Ayala.

At Sheridan Park Golf Course in the Town of Tonawanda, there's a zero tolerance policy.

"We're trying to see how well the public reacts to this, if it fails, then we shut down again. That's the way of the world right now," said Bill Conrad.

Here's a list of the new rules at Sheridan Park:

  • Face masks must be worn whenever "social distancing" isn't possible
  • No "Bag Line"
  • No cash payments
  • No pull cart rentals
  • Clubhouses are closed
  • No golf carts
  • Limited restroom access
  • No Scorecards
  • No rakes in bunkers, use your foot when needed
  • Do not remove the flag stick
  • No concessions

Before you grab your clubs, Conrad suggests you call ahead to book a tee time and ask about a course's rules.

"Get out there, it's a beautiful sunny day, we all need vitamin D, when you can and in a safe way," said Conrad.