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Bethpage, Eisenhower, Middle Bay, Lido Beach, Sunken Meadow, all open. All Suffolk -County courses are opening around the 20th too

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Seems like most courses around the Boston area, and the suburbs, are open with only a few closings I've heard of. Most have adopted the 'new norm' of walking only, don't touch anything, and keep your distance though. Not sure what the future holds though as it seems to more restrictive every day unfortunately. Scary situation and no one seems to have a grasp on what to do either or how long this whole thing will last. Let's all hope it ends very soon. Stay safe.

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Got email today that one local course is going to upside down cups on the practice green and no touching of the little stubby flag sticks allowed. Also upside down cups on the regular greens, play it hit the stick.

 

Upside, we might all become better putters and anybody who was still pulling the flagstick to putt will have to stop.

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All courses open, including city owned. Emails going out asking players to book/pay online or by phone to limit clubhouse contact.

 

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Which, let's be honest, would be excellent for the game in so many ways. I have no problem with any of this. If we could go back to requiring a medical cert to ride in a cart that would also be great (note, I know it isn't happening because of money) and just have clubs place a kid with a cart between holes that have an unacceptable walk for pace. There's a couple of places that used to do that around here.

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Tobacco Road does it with their "sandy waste areas" (and I am sure other places as well). I got no problem with it and found the conditions quite playable when I found myself in them.

 

The only issues I really see with it are if you get in a bunker from the high lip side you may screw up the sand pulled up on the face and not have a rake to pull it back up there where it is supposed to be.

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My home course in Fort Collins, CO is now closed. The course is a city owned municipal course, one of two 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course. It appears that the city has closed all three courses as of a couple of days ago. There was some activity yesterday (saw a maintenance cart driving around briefly). I suspect the pins and tee markers were picked up due to the closure. I may take a "walk" out on the course in a few days after the frickin snow melts (yes, it is snowing today).

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Our club is open for golf only. All other services shut down. Clubhouse is open for locker and rest room access. I didn't notice if rakes where taken away (never landed in a bunker yesterday). Our group always leaves the flag in so no change there. One thing I did notice was the balls were taken in from the practice green and short game area to be cleaned. I always practice with my normal ball so no impact. Driving range still had the little bucket of balls at each box but they seemed wetter than normal so probably more efforts for cleanliness. All members were sent an email of methods and procedures to follow during this issue.

Edit: Just got an email from my club saying all rakes removed, cups upside down (no touching of flag), ball caddies on practice positions left on their side so we aren't to touch balls. Sand mix bottles removed - grounds crew will handle fixing divots. Also recommendations as to touch as little as possible.

 

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All Long Island courses are closed as of Sunday night based on Governor Cuomo's latest presser. No non essential activity:

Edited-

I apologize courses are open- but with fewer tee times to increase spacing. Crazy!

Edit Sunday -All courses closed of Sunday 6pm so glad I played yesterday!

Edit Monday - Schizophrenia has occurred- courses are back open email came this morning somebody can't make up there mind!

 

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You and I must belong to the same club, as I got a nearly identical email earlier today from one of the private clubs I am a member of.

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Our course isn't scheduled to open for at least 4 more weeks, so there's that.

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Due to the CA Governors recent Order, most courses have shut-down with the remaining that are open, to close. I suspect some of them are trying to get the last dollar before they are forced to close the doors, indefinitely. That being the case practice is more important now but where?

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