The NGCOA has given golf courses direction and provided examples of best practices that should be implemented at courses. Below is a compilation of those Pipestone will be following. The list is never complete and modifications will be made as required and to be responsive to our patrons needs.
- Provide clear professional signage informing guests of operational changes and encourage recommended sanitation practices and social distancing expectations.
- Increase the frequency of cleaning, sanitation and disinfecting of all locations, especially high traffic areas such as counter surfaces, tables, public restrooms, door handles, and more.
- Increase the number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the clubhouse, especially entry points and lobby.
- Encourage golfers and staff to refrain from handshakes or any other contact.
- Conduct meetings by phone or online wherever possible. For in-person meetings, ensure safe social distancing (6+ feet) between attendees.
- Use ‘call-ahead, take-out’ or to-go service.
- Consider designating a ‘no-contact’ pick up spot outside clubhouse main door.
- Encourage prepayment by phone.
- Implement ‘tap’ credit and debit card payments to reduce hand-to-hand contact.
- Ensure beverage carts are cleaned and sanitized before reuse; sanitize all touch-points of both employee and customer.
- Restrict the number of people inside the clubhouse at any given time.
- Remove bulk scorecard, pencil, and tee holders from open areas. Only issue when requested.
- Eliminate club rentals.
- Allow for prepayment of range baskets, etc. which can be prepared ahead of time and placed in a designated area for pick-up limiting social interaction.
- Monitor need to increase tee-time intervals to further increase the social distancing protocols.
- Limit the amount of time a golfer may arrive at the course prior to their tee-time – suggested 15 minutes prior.
- Encourage golfers to walk.
- Allow 2 rider carts only for members of the same household.
- Increase use of a player’s assistant/marshal on the golf course to make sure players are practicing physical distancing
- Remove ball washers or tape them shut.
- Remove all garbage stations and ask golfers to take their garbage with them after their round.
- Temporarily remove bunker rakes.
- Direct players to leave the pin in the cup at all times.
- Bring range ball baskets into the pro shop to wipe down handles after each use.
- Ensure range balls are cleaned thoroughly with soap after every pick up prior to making available for customers.
- Remove all non-essential devices from the range, such as bag stands.
- Close on-course washrooms.