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Elks Lodge #924

 

Golf in the Time of Coronavirus

New Regulations Govern Play

On Wednesday, May 6, Governor Scott announced that golf courses in Vermont could open on May 7 subject to the following conditions of play. MECC will be observing these conditions and we ask for everyone's cooperation in meeting the requirements for the health and safety of all.

Vermont Golf Association COVID-19 Guidelines for Safe Operations in Vermont

Vermonters participating in outdoor recreation and fitness activities are required to “arrive, play and leave.” Groups may not congregate before or after activities, for example, no tailgating.

The golf course is only open to Vermonters and those who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Walking is encouraged and carts will be limited to two per foursome and one person to a cart, although people who live together may ride together.

Remote check-in and tee time reservations are required in advance with payment by credit card only.

Plan to arrive at MECC 10 minutes in advance of your tee time, call the pro shop to let them know you are here. If you need to make a payment it can be done over the phone or at the window outside the pro shop, maintaining social distancing. No cash allowed.

There will be no touch points on course (ball washer, rakes, etc). Do not touch the flag sticks.

Locker rooms & retail sales are closed. Online, pre-paid items for curbside pickup only with State guidelines.

Pre-Round

• ALL tee times reservations and greens fee and cart payments must be made online or over the phone – PRO SHOP AND CLUBHOUSE AREAS SHALL BE CLOSED

• Customers and members not utilizing the practice areas are encouraged to stay in their car until ten (10) minutes before their tee time. Players should go directly to the first tee or practice facility when leaving their car. Golfer must bring their equipment (clubs, push cart) to the facility and it cannot be touched by anyone else. Pack in, pack out.

• Practice putting green, driving range, and chipping areas are permitted when staffed to enforce social distance guidelines. All touch points will be removed to include modifications to the holes to eliminate touches.

• Golf course staff will monitor the teeing area to disallow congregating around the 1st tee

• Strict social distancing shall be in effect. Golf course staff shall verbally explain social distancing and other procedures to players and/or post signage explaining social distancing and other procedures

• Tee time intervals must be at least 15 minutes between groups.

• Groups are restricted to no more than four (4) players at a time

• Golf cart usage is limited to one player per cart. Players are encouraged to walk

• All golfers must use their own clubs; no sharing, storing, valet service, or renting of clubs is allowed

• Flagsticks must remain in the hole. It is required that hole liners be raised so that players do not have to pick the ball up out of the hole

• Bunker rakes, ball washers, trash cans, penalty area stakes, sand containers, water coolers, scorecards, pencils, and all other touch points on the course shall be removed

• Food and beverage service and all F&B outlets are subject to State regulations at all times while patrons are on the property.

Post-Round

• Players utilizing a cart shall drive it to a designated area and remove all trash and personal belongings from the cart

• All players shall go directly from the 18th green to their cars. Club cleaning and club storage will not be permitted.

• Golf course staff shall monitor parking lot areas to ensure no post-round congregating or tailgating

• Golf course staff shall disinfect golf cart interiors and touch points after the golfer completes their round. Golf carts shall be stored in a designated area separate from patron access.