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State Park Golf Course To Re-Open Monday

Although the wording is a little confusing it appears that New York State has given golf courses the option of re-opening if they follow social distancing rules. The state, through Empire State Development, ordered golf courses closed on April 10 but has retracted that order.

The wording on Governor Andrew Cuomo's latest executive order states.

"However, golf courses are not essential and cannot have employees working on-premise; notwithstanding this restriction, essential services, such as groundskeeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by employees, contractors, or vendors are permitted and private operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided.

Mel Fechette of the St. Lawrence State Park Golf Course when contacted on Saturday said the course will open on Monday with riding carts available.

"We will open Monday following the guidelines. Only one person per cart and golfers are asked to wear a mask to the course and put them on when they gather on the green," said Fechette.

State Guidelines offered for golfers are: Players cannot shake hands before or after a round, and flag sticks have to be left in the hole. Area golf courses which previously opened put plugs in the caps so that the flag sticks could stand untouched.

There also isn’t any club sharing allowed and carts are limited to one per person.


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