The golf season in Manitoba was officially opened for business on Monday, May 4, 2020 as part of phase 1 of the province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services action plan. Under the plan, golf courses and facilities may open under special operating guidelines such as requiring all golfers and staff to maintain physical distancing and by restricting food and beverage operations to take-out and outdoor dining only.
As the season slowly starts to open, there are a number of ways that golfers can support their favourite golf course while still adhering to the province’s social distancing rules.
1. Go out and play!
This goes without saying! In addition to the Rules and Guidelines mandated by the government for safe golf operations, many golf course operators and facilities have adopted additional Safety Best Practices to make golf safe for staff and the golfing public. So book that tee-time or sign up for a membership and enjoy all the physical and mental benefits of playing this great sport!
2. Buy a gift card
Consider purchasing a gift card for a family member, friend or even for yourself! Most public golf courses offer gift cards or pre-paid multi-game packs available by calling or emailing the pro shop.
3. Order take out!
Under current operating restrictions, golf course restaurants may offer service so long as the food and beverages sold are provided via take-out, delivery services or served at outdoor patios.
But while most facilities have closed their clubhouse dining, some are trying to get creative to draw in revenue to try and keep people employed. So if you’re tired of cooking at home or ordering food from a chain, call your favourite course or support your home club and place an order today!
4. Support your pro
The golf courses themselves aren’t the only ones suffering. Many golf professionals make a significant portion of their living off equipment and merchandise sales or lessons.
Consider contacting your local PGA of Canada professional and buy a lesson or two for now or for a later date. But paying for it now will give you something to look forward to and put some much-needed revenue into the pockets of those who earn a living during the already short Manitoba golf season.
Have your eyes set on some new gear or equipment? Again, contact your local pro or favourite club and find out what services they are providing. Some pro-shops may offer curbside pick-up.
5. Be a responsible golfer
The industry has implemented a number of safety best practices to ensure golfers can safely enjoy a round during the current state of public health. With the industry doing its part, the golfer also has a responsibility to observe and strictly follow the rules that have been mandated for safe golf operations. Failure to do so not only jeopardizes the health and safety of golf course staff and fellow golfers but may also result in fines, penalties and the chance your favourite course or home club could be shut down!
When you do play, do your part to keep golf safe buy adopting GOLFER BEST PRACTICES during COVID-19. Single rider to a cart only, keep your distance and save the high-fives for another time.