Great news for golfers in Windsor Essex!
As of 12:01am Friday July 16th, Ontario moves into Stage Three of reopening however now more than ever it is important to adhere to the COVID-19 best practices and safety protocols introduced last season. Below is a highlight of safety measures put in place for safe golfing in the province.
Golf course operators must adhere to social distancing and personal hygiene rules as well as to understand and follow the Provincial Government’s Guidance for Golf Operators recommended protocols and the Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for Workplaces During the COVID-19 Outbreak.
We ask that you follow suggested social distancing recommendations while on the course.
Safety mandates for golfers include:
- Golfers must have a pre-scheduled tee time prior to arrival. No walk up admission.
- Golfers should arrive no early than 15 minutes prior to their tee time.
- Do not to touch anything on the course besides your personal belongings.
- Golfers should leave the facility in an appropriate amount of time following their game play. Congregating in the parking lot is not permitted.
Upon arrival at the course
A clubhouse member will greet you at the main entrance or bag drop for screening and to remind you of distancing requirements, as well as additional new course mandates, including:
- Club houses may open at 50% capacity
- Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions
- Indoor social gatherings with up to 25 people
- Indoor and outdoor weddings permitted with physical distancing
- Indoor and outdoor dining allowed with no limits on the number of patrons per table
- Indoor meeting and event space to operate with physical distancing and capacity to not exceed 50 %
- Outdoor meeting and event space to operate with 75% capacity
- Non-essential retail (pro shop) with capacity limited to the number of people that can physically distance
- Courses will increase frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of public areas. Tee times will be adjust at each course to both create appropriate social distancing between athletes and as well keep pace of play maintained.
- All carts (motorized or manual) will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
- Score cards and pencils will only be issued upon request.
- Beverage carts are able to be in operation, however golfers must be masked when within 2m of staff.
Each golfer must be asked if they have returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days, if they have they will be asked to leave the property immediately as they must be in self-quarantine for 14 days.
Golfers caught disobeying any safety protocols will be requested to leave the facility immediately and banned to return while safety protocols being utilized.
Golf being allowed to open is great news for residents and visitors who have been looking for a safe way to physical distance while getting outside. It will be a big boost to our collective mental health as well and will help kickstart the economic recovery in Ontario.
Contact each course directly to see their current operation hours and/or scheduled opening date for the 2021 season.