BREC to start phased reopening of golf courses

BREC to gradually start reopening its golf courses with some restrictions in place

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Since announcing the closure of its six golf courses back on March 23, BREC has since then developed safety measures, operational guidelines, and a three-phase plan to safely reopen golf courses while complying with Governor John Bel Edwards’ stay-at-home orders, which are in place until May 15.

BREC says phase one will start Thursday, April 30 with three golf courses reopening. Those courses are Santa Maria, Beaver Creek, and Webb Memorial. Woody Dumas, JS Clark, and Historic City Park courses will reopen Friday, May 1.

Additional safety measures put in place to further protect the public and BREC staff include the following:

  • No cash transactions will be accepted, credit cards or gift cards only accepted
  • A discounted rate will be provided to customers who pre-pay their green fees online for less interaction with staff at the golf courses using this link: http://golf.brec.org/prepay/
  • Limited or no access to the clubhouse - Sales transactions will occur at a door or window
  • Limited access to clubhouse bathrooms, where access is available through a separate entrance
  • Tee times will be extended to every 12-minutes in order to keep safe distances between groups
  • “Walk-on” (non-tee time) play may be unavailable or very limited at busier facilities
  • Cart rentals are for single riders only and carts will be sanitized after each use
  • Cart rentals will be limited, as some course may be “walking only” for some portion of the day
  • Multiple signs will be displayed on courses to remind golfers to maintain safe distances
  • No outing groups, tournaments, or organized play of more than ten people will be allowed
  • Employees will complete a daily health screening questionnaire
  • Masks and gloves will be provided to staff and frequent disinfecting schedules will be mandated

Before BREC closed golf courses, the following safety measures had been put in place and will continue for the foreseeable future:

  • Golfers who feel sick are asked to remain at home
  • Golfers are not allowed to touch the flagstick
  • Hole liners are upside down so the ball can’t fully fall into the hole
  • No bunker rakes on the course, golfers are asked to do their best to smooth the sand
  • Water coolers are removed from the course
  • Ball-washers are removed or covered

For more information, visit: brec.org/COVID19 and golf.brec.org.

“In accordance with the governor and mayor’s order, our primary recommendation to the public remains to stay home and only go out for essential activities. However, like the CDC, we realize one of those essential activities includes getting active outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air and reaping the many positive physical and mental benefits provided by parks and golf courses with green spaces and trails for walking, jogging, biking, and hiking,” said Superintendent Corey Wilson. “We know that BREC parks are part of the solution to the underlying health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity that plague our community. As such, our goal is to have the entire system reopened as soon as it is possible to do so safely."

BREC says it expects to announce soon more information about the reopening of its other facilities, including the zoo, Liberty Lagoon, summer camps, playgrounds, athletic programs and venues, and other amenities.

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