Municipal golf courses to open Sunday with modifications for responsible recreation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In collaboration with local and state public health officials, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department has adjusted policies and procedures at its two municipal golf courses – Patty Jewett and Valley Hi – to provide a safe and compliant outdoor recreation option for residents during the state’s stay-at-home order. Online reservations can be made starting Saturday, April 4, and the courses will open for play on Sunday, April 5.

Modifications include the exclusive use of online tee times and payments (no walk-on play permitted), walking-only play, suspension of rental carts and other equipment, and the removal of shared touchable surfaces, including bunker rakes, ball washers, water stations and scorecards. The clubhouses are closed for public use, and food and beverage service is suspended. The driving range is also closed, and the practice area is open only to those with tee times, which are available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

“We know how important it is to get some fresh air, and we are grateful our outdoor spaces remain open for responsible use during the stay-at-home order,” said Karen Palus, parks director. “We evaluate usage of these areas daily and implore the public to follow public health guidance so these places can continue to serve as a respite during this difficult time.”

In all instances, the public is asked to adhere to the following on trails and in parks, open spaces and golf courses:

  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms.
  • Playgrounds and pavilions, places designed to bring people together, are closed.
  • Gatherings of individuals of any size are not allowed and sharing sports equipment is highly discouraged.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and while you’re recreating. Bring hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands often.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other parties at all times. In many cases, especially on trails, this may mean creating a single-file line. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Be prepared and assume restrooms are closed.
  • Bring water. Public drinking fountains are disabled.

 

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