Some Alberta golf courses open, but things look different thanks to COVID-19

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CALGARY –
Golf courses across the province are slowly opening their doors, but it is not as usual for workers or players.

Classes are subject to strict regulation by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta; Just because they are allowed to open doesn’t mean they can loosen up cleaning and getting away from them.

Play Golf Calgary, which started on four courses on Saturday, said there were no exceptions.

“We were pushing the government very hard to show it that we can do it very safely,” said chief operating officer Slade King.

“You will play according to these rules, or you will leave. “

Play Golf is one of the few associations to put its courses back into action on Saturday. Many say they are not yet ready to launch, thanks to limited notice from the province.

King said that even though he pushed for the reopening last month, the Prime Minister’s announcement Thursday caught him off guard.

“It was such a quick shock,” said King. “We had a day and a half (to prepare). “

Fortunately for Play Golf and its customers, the group had kept an eye on the other provinces and states that allowed golfers to play through certain parts of the pandemic. It meant they knew what to expect.

Seven courts belonging to the city did not open on Saturday. We don’t know when they will do it.

Those who opened said their first day was busy.

“For every tee time we booked, we could probably have booked it ten times this weekend,” said CEO Scott Atkinson. “We have already booked this week. “

The course looks a little different.

They all had to adapt new strict cleaning measures, and they implemented policies like the basket rule which aims to separate players.

Golfers cannot touch the flags and there are no rakes in the sandboxes.

The front doors are also monitored, allowing players who have reserved only 15 minutes before their first shot.

CTV News Calgary golfers have spoken to them saying they are a little rusty, but happy to be back.

“They will get 200 today and will always be happy,” said King.

Most said that they were paying close attention to COVID-19 restrictions because they felt they were still very necessary.

“If you’re talking about golf,” said Andrew Buhaj, “we’re still on the top nine. I don’t think we’ve reached the bottom nine yet. “

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