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Most Salt Lake City golf courses will open as scheduled, but with added health precautions

Courses set to open Thursday, April 2
Posted at 10:31 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 13:48:42-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Public Services has announced that most public golf courses will open as scheduled, Thursday April 2, with extra safety measures in place to ensure the health of golfers and employees.

Play will resume at Bonnevile, Forest Dale, Glendale, Nibley Park and Rose Park, but Mountain Dell will not open.

There are undoubtedly thousands of individuals thrilled to hear this news, but in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, stay at home orders and social distancing mandates, there are likely even more folks very unhappy with the move.

Matt Kammeyer, who is the director of golfing for Salt Lake City, told Fox 13 the decision was not taken lightly.

"We've been in close contact with the city administration," Kammeyer said. "Our main focus is obviously the safety of the community, the safety of our customers and the safety of our employees and so most of our employees do fit within that higher-risk category most are them are over age 60, so definitely this is something that is very important to us."

If you'd like to weigh in on this decision, we have a poll on the Fox 13 twitter account.

All tee times must be reserved and prepaid online at slcgolf.com, and the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Online booking instructions for public players can be found here
  • Online booking instructions for members and passholders can be found here.
  • Golfers will be called to the first tee based on their tee time. Golfers must arrive at the course at least 20 minutes before their reserved time and should be ready to be called to the tee within 5 minutes of their tee time. While waiting, golfers must be sure to not congregate in large groups (10+ people) and must maintain 6 feet of social distance between others.
  • Motorized and pull carts are not available for rent, but you may bring your own pull cart.
  • Driving ranges are closed.
  • On-course portable restrooms are not available. Clubhouse restrooms will be available and frequently sanitized, but we encourage players to plan ahead.
  • Golf course cafes are closed. Please plan ahead and bring your own beverages and snacks.
  • No retail merchandise sales.
  • No club set rentals.
  • No individual or group instruction.
  • Golf scorecards and pencils will not be made available to customers. We encourage players to download the SLC Golf Mobile App which has score keeping and GPS functions.
  • On-course ball washers have either been removed or covered.
  • All sand trap rakes have been removed from the courses.
  • All golf hole cups have been raised or otherwise altered, removing the need to touch the flagstick.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times and at all locations on the golf course, practice greens, clubhouse restrooms, and parking lots.

For more information and updates, go to slcgolf.com.