COVID-19 & The 2020 Golf Season

 

 

The spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world has raised concerns for everyone in these trying times. As we all look forward to the golf season, it is evident that there will be delays, hurdles and changes as we navigate our way through the unknown. The Hillcrest Golf Course recognizes that the number one priority during these times is the well-being of our staff and customers. We want you to know that your health and safety will remain our top priority as this situation continues to evolve.

 

Currently, we are excited and looking forward to the 2020 golf season however we are unsure at this time how or if COVID-19 will affect our opening date. We will be sure to provide continuous updates and communication as time gets closer and we have a better idea of what our 2020 season may look like.

 

In keeping with the interest and well-being of our staff and customers, we will be implementing a number of policies and procedures for the upcoming golf season. Please take the time to read through them and understand the importance of following all changes.

 

Current Plan for the Opening of the 2020 Season:

  • The provincial and federal government regulations will have an impact on when or if we are able to open. As of now, we continue to plan to open for the season as usual, which will primarily be weather dependent.

  • As days progress, during this unknown time, we will strictly adhere to guidelines established by local, provincial and federal governments. 

  • Discussion is underway concerning membership fees, green fees, corporate packages and advertising opportunities with the potential of a shortened golf season.

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Our Precautionary Steps to Stop the Spread:

  • Appropriate signage will be placed around the course outlining the social distancing guidelines in place.

  • Signage informing members/guests of any operational changes will be clearly placed at entrance with any daily updates that might occur.

  • Increased frequency of cleaning, sanitation and disinfecting of all locations, especially high traffic areas such as counter surfaces, tables, public restrooms, door handles, golf carts, flagpoles, and more. 

  • Educate staff on hygiene, sanitation and food handling, and its impact of preventing the spread of communicable diseases.

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the golf course and around the pro shop.

  • All transactions will be done online, by phone or by debit/credit only. No cash transactions at this time. 

  • One person per cart unless from the same household. 

  • Employees on site will be kept to a minimum, please note we will be providing the best possible service during this time with our limited resources.

  • Tee time bookings may be lengthened between each group to prevent groups waiting to go out next.

  • All flagsticks will remain in the hole at all times, please do not remove – there will be sleeves placed in the holes to allow you to access your ball without touching the pole.

  • All bunker rakes will be removed. Please feel free to improve your lie.

  • All ball washers will be covered until further notice.

 

Our Expectations of you the golfer:

  • If you have a cough, fever or have been in contact with someone for is not feeling well, please do not join us at our facilities.

  • Please book online, on our app or by phone

  • Practice social distancing (~ 6 feet apart) In the parking lot, around the proshop, at tee boxes, in the fairways and on the greens, etc….

  • Please bring your own golf towels and hand disinfectant as an extra precaution. 

  • Do not shake hands at the beginning or end of your round of golf, instead opting for an elbow bump.

  • Refrain from picking up balls that aren’t yours as you don’t know who they belong to or where they’ve been.

  • If you are riding in a golf cart, ensure that your cellphone and personal property remain in your golf bag as much as possible – away from high-contact areas of the cart.

 

As the golf season approaches, the staff at the Hillcrest Golf Club will continue to monitor the recommendations of government and health officials as well as industry best practices and pass along relevant information and updates as necessary. 

 

On behalf of the entire Hillcrest Golf Club Staff and Board of Directors, we hope you are all staying safe, healthy and inside so that we can do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Hilly

 

**Please find an attached survey for feedback and suggestions as we move forward.