The City of Cottage Grove is doing its part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and unfortunately, that means closing River Oaks until March 29th. It is such a shame that right when it seems that the Twin Cities is at the cusp of what seems like an early golf season we find our selves amid a national health emergency. Most public places are being avoided at all costs, events are being canceled, kids are out of school and people are working from home. It is a rather strange time . . . but what will all this mean for the golf season?
Well, the PGA has closed down in response to the coronavirus and some golf clubs around the nation are following suit. It is even questionable if there will be a Masters this year.
Who knows what this national emergency will look like in two weeks? It could get better or worse, but either way, it doesn’t look like the virus is going away anytime soon. Even when we can all come out of quarantine (whenever that may be) we will still have to practice our social distancing.
The truth is golf is a very low-risk scenario when it comes to spreading the virus, but that doesn’t mean that golf goes without any risk. When River Oaks does officially open up it’s the course for the season it will be good to implement these social distancing practices on the golf course.
Tips for golfing with the coronavirus:
- Golf can be a solitary sport, try golfing alone.
- If you are golfing with others, avoid the 18th green handshakes.
- Store a bottle of hand sanitizer in your golf bag.
- Wipe down your club handles and golf bag with alcohol wipes.
- Avoid picking up random golf balls you find on the course.
- Wipe down seat, steering wheels, handles, and cup holders if you take a cart or perhaps consider walking.
- Leave the cellphone in the car.
- Consider washing or sanitizing your golf glove before and after your round.
Following these simple tips will further help prevent the spread of COVID-19 once our golf season starts. The golf season will come. Everyone at River Oaks is anticipating and preparing for the day that we can finally open the course, but the health and safety of our customers mean a lot to us and we will work to continue to provide a safe environment and serve the needs of our customers as best as we can.