Member at Seven Oaks in Hamilton NY. No club house, no ball washers, no restaurant, no water. Bunkers played as waste areas. Pool noodles in flag cups. Tee times 15 minutes apart. Foursomes allowed. Course in great shape. Most members walk this course therefore it's even more enjoyable without cart noise.
No ball washers, cup up above the ground, social distancing, kind of take the fun out of the game. The one person per cart should have been done years ago to speed up play, there are plenty of vehicles that can be leased: scooters, 3 wheel mini bikes, Segway, etc. If the course if flat walking should be encouraged.Until they decide to put the cup back in the ground, water available, there will be some who will not play. I play approx. 75 rounds a year and will not play 1/3 of that until things change.
This stuck in the past attitude will be the death of golf in future generations. I’m a member of a course that has never had ball washers, igloos or “cart girls” and we do just fine. Bring your own supplies, water, etc. what’s the big deal. Like so many I’ve met in life who want to “ go back to the good ole days”, get over it. It’s never going back to the way it was. Some of us are happy about that.
Good for you ! But you are wrong on things never going back ,they will. I would prefer they let the course go back to a more natural state but that will not happen either. Good luck with your game.
Thank you for the comprehensive article Brandon. Hubby and I have played throughout the pandemic thanks to our local muni in Casselberry, FL. We can't say enough for the staff there - they have embraced all the protocols and kept us safe AND playing golf! Now I have to get used to riding in the same cart with "him" again - haha. Good luck and good golfing to everyone - there may be a little bit of inconvenience now, but think about it - you're OUT and you're PLAYING GOLF!
What about washrooms on the course. High on the list for lady golfers.
While NY state courses are opening local metropolitan municipal courses have not and in each case neither permit carts or have toilet facilities available. Somehow, not allowing people to use a toilet is going too far! None of the politicians, Cuomo, Diblasio, Murphy or Lamont are ever queried on this? Anyone have an answer?
Happy for golfers and courses that play has started or will start soon. One issue I don't see addressed is the fact that many if not most golfers these days are old geezers. And old farts need to use the toilet. What are they, and women, to do?
I live in an ‘Active Senior Living’ community of around 5000 homes. Our 2 18-hole courses are semi-private. While our HOA closed play to outside play back in March, residents (but no guests) have continued to be able to golf. T-times are spaced 7 minutes apart. Rakes were removed from bunkers and sand boxes had their covers opened. In course ball washers were covered and sealed. In course bathrooms and ice/water machines remain open and are cleaned frequently during the day. Most people have their own carts so few residents are actually utilizing the rental carts. Those carts and the balls/buckets on the driving range are sanitized daily and/between rentals/use. No cash is accepted in the pro shops - only customer house account charges or credit cards (which you swipe through the POS device yourself) - or else you must have an annual membership. Only people who live in the same home may ride in a cart together. The cups have been inverted in each hole, which raises it to almost to the height of the green itself so that you don’t have to touch the flag stick itself to retrieve your ball.
Most all of the golfers have been good about observing social distancing on the course and before and after the round has been finished.
What my regular group and ai have observed is that we get through the round much faster since we only have to drive to our own balls.Even though there are now more carts on the course, there IMO there is less ‘wear and tear’ on the course
It is what it is out there for now. Be grateful you can golf. You may not like some things but suck it up butter cup everything is and never will be all about you. If you think you can do better make suggestions instead of complaining. A bad day on the course is still pretty darn good. Enjoy what you have.
You didn’t mention restroom facilities