Because the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated many companies and locations of leisure that folks usually take as a right to shut or drastically change, one choice that has remained open to Arizonans has been golf.
Golf programs had been deemed as important by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. That call was met with nice reduction by golfers.
“It saved my life, or my sanity anyway,” stated Steve Sutton, who performs within the Friday Males’s Group at Sedona Golf Resort. “To be out with good folks, a minimum of you bought to satisfy some folks, you’re out within the good climate.”
Ducey’s choice to label golf programs as important was met with some backlash. However Sutton, a physician, famous that whereas golf is usually an exercise executed with different folks, it’s protected to do.
“The virus goes folks to folks — it doesn’t go within the air. You’re as protected right here as anyplace,” Sutton stated. “Medically, I contemplate it protected. If it wasn’t protected I wouldn’t be doing it and my spouse will surely not be letting me do it.”
Jim Reichert, who golfs with Sutton, added that the scenario within the county has helped make golf a sensible choice.
“If we had an enormous downside in Yavapai County, you wouldn’t see us out right here,” Reichert stated. “They’d shut the course, too. We’ve been fairly fortunate with the variety of circumstances.”
Whereas the programs have remained open, they’ve needed to take plenty of precautions to maintain folks protected. This has included eradicating issues like water coolers from programs and never permitting golfers to scrub their golf balls.
Moreover, whereas cups have since been put again, SGR eliminated the traditional cups from the holes and changed them with cut-off pool noodles. As a substitute of the ball needing to fall to the underside of the cup, it was deemed within the gap as quickly because it touched the noodle.
Different issues have modified as effectively. For example, rakes have been faraway from bunkers. If a ball goes into somebody’s footprint, a golfer is allowed to maneuver it. Sand and sea bottles have additionally been faraway from carts, making it tougher to restore divots. They’ve additionally eradicated one of many few conditions that may name for golfers to be inside six ft of one another by permitting golfers to journey alone in a cart upon request.
Regardless of the adjustments and the pandemic inflicting folks to be extra cautious with the place they go, SGR basic supervisor Jeremy Hayman has seen regular visitors on the course.
“Even the locals who let’s say play two days per week are taking part in three or 4,” he stated. “Often we drop off fairly significantly after Memorial Day however we’ve been busy the entire week. And I feel we’re seeing a few of the Phoenicians developing, attempting to flee the warmth.”
“We’ve made plenty of modifications,” he added. “However being one of many few companies that was left as important, what it’s executed, a minimum of what it looks like, is it has mainly given lots of people one thing to do — golf typically. They couldn’t go to the flicks, couldn’t exit to dinner, there was an entire laundry record of issues they couldn’t do. Golf was left alone.”
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