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Golf courses re-open while following CDC guidelines

Patrick Moussignac
Created: March 26, 2020 07:40 PM

FAIRPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Cabin fever and warmer temperatures are enticing more people out of the house. Many of them are hitting the links once again at their local golf courses.

Local golfers of all skill levels hit the greens Thursday morning as a way to break up the monotony of working all day from home.

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Golfers like Webster residents Ron and Nancy Wheeler took advantage of the pleasant morning temperatures to get on the fairway at the Eagle Vale Golf Course in Fairport.

"It's good that we can get out," Ron said. "The weather is nice. We're waiting for our own golf course to open."

Even students playing hooky from their home-schooling lessons were working on their putting game. Jack Reichard from Penfield couldn't resist.

"I'm lucky because not every kid golfs so I have something to do," Reichard said. "So kids are always talking about how bored they are, and I get to come out here every day and just golf which is awesome."

Golf courses all over the state initially shut down after Gov. Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE” executive order. 

Head Golf Pro Chris DeVincentis reduced his non-essential staff members, but found a way to stay open.

"We called the Governor's office and we did all our due diligence, and we finally opened yesterday," DeVincentis said.

According to the State's Golf Association, New York golf courses are allowed to remain open, but must implement all Centers for Disease Control and state-mandated guidelines, and promote safe social distancing. 

DeVincentis says he's removed anything golfers would normally touch out on the course.

"Normally there would be a garbage can. There would be rakes. There would be a ball washer. There would be all those different things that you would be touching," DeVincentis said.

Social distancing rules are so stringent they even apply to who, or how many people can ride inside of a golf cart.

"You know a husband and wife could come out and use the same golf cart. Otherwise we got people riding on their own. Single rider," DeVincentis said. 

Each golf cart is wiped down before and after use. 

Louanne Gargan of Webster made sure her cart was free of germs. 

"I have an older husband at home so I don't want to bring anything home to him, and I'm also older so we need to take care," Gargan said.
As part of the guidelines courses can only sell take-out food if they operate their restaurants.


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