The so-called Gentleman’s Game will be different on Saskatchewan golf courses when they open May 15.
On Thursday, the province released its plan to reopen Saskatchewan. Phase 1 includes the reopening of boat launches and the authorization of fishing from May 4, golf courses on May 15 and campgrounds and parks on June 1. Gatherings will always be limited to 10 people and the physical distance must be respected.
The plan includes 24 specific guidelines for golf courses. For example:
The flags must remain in place and the cups raised so that the ball does not fall into the hole. The game is over when the ball contacts the cup.
The toilets on the course must remain closed to players and the public.
Rental of golf clubs and golf carts is prohibited.
All players must have a start time – no walkers will be allowed.
Tee times should be at least 20 minutes apart to avoid congestion on the course.
Parks and no leisure
Provincial parks will be open to vehicle traffic for Saskatchewan residents starting May 4 only for anglers who wish to access boat launches before the fishing season and for hikers and mountain bikers.
However, fishing off public docks, dams, jetties or marinas is prohibited and boat passengers are limited to those residing in the same household.
All public and private campgrounds will remain closed to overnight camping until June 1. At that time, only residents of Saskatchewan will be allowed to camp or visit Saskatchewan provincial parks.
Do not plan to go swimming.
Campsites will face several restrictions:
All showers and laundries must be closed.
Access to the toilet will be limited to one household at a time.
Campers should be encouraged to use the restroom in their trailers or RVs, avoiding public restrooms
All recreational facilities must remain closed, including swimming pools, beaches, picnic areas, playgrounds and tennis courts.