Marshall County Health Department would like to support local golf courses in their efforts to prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Course management must respond in a responsible and flexible way in their updated practices and operations. If your golf course is open, implement the measures below to utilize best practices for sanitation and social distancing.
Encourage golfers to pay in advance over the phone with a credit card or book online and proceed to the first tee without personal contact.
Place appropriate signage outside the pro-shop and clubhouse entries briefly outlining the social distancing guidelines in place.
Place appropriate signage around the clubhouse with the phone number to call in food orders with an explanation that credit card transactions are requested.
Only allow pre-order “take-out” or “to go” food services only.
Consider increasing your tee time intervals to spread players out on the course.
Do not allow cart rental. Use of a personally owned cart is acceptable.
Direct players to leave the pin in the cup at all times. You can also raise the cup up an inch above the green surface and count it when the ball hits or remove the pins entirely.
No indoor events are allowed to be conducted.
Remove access to ball washing stations, trash cans, water stations, and rakes.
Remove bulk scorecard, pencil & tee holders from starter areas; Issue when requested.
Post signage for golfers to leave the golf course immediately after playing to eliminate congestion gathering on the property or in the parking lot.
Provide clear signage informing guests of operational changes and encourage recommended sanitation practices.
Increase the number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the clubhouse.
Remove all non-essential devices from the range, such as bag stands or den caddies.
Place balls on the range for your customers so they can be accessed using a club.
Short Game and Putting Practice Areas: Remove shag bags and devices that collect or push balls (such as PVC piping) from the area. Place alignment sticks, or stakes on the green as targets, and/or turn the cups upside down and leave in the hole. Remove all flags and institute a “bring your own practice balls policy.”
Ensure staff are trained on hygiene, sanitation and food handling best practices.
Ensure staff can recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and know how to act responsibly if they detect or exhibit symptoms.
Provide protective face masks and gloves to all staff, even if it is a hand-sewn mask.
Encourage golfers and staff to replace handshakes with elbow bumps. MCHD will continue to keep the community’s health at the forefront.