Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s certain you’ve heard about the Coronavirus that is sweeping the World. At this time, professional sports have canceled, the PGA, NBA, NHL, MLB, are all on hold until further notice. As Golf is an outdoor sport, with very low to no contact, we’ve compiled a list of tips to stay safe and continue to play the game you love.
High-fives and handshakes are now a thing of the past. How about trying an elbow tap or even better, a club tap? This will help prevent the spread of germs as high-fives and handshakes are highly transferrable for germs.
Take a walk! Skip the cart, and take a stroll from hole to hole. If you MUST take a cart, be prepared with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Wipe down the wheel, the keys, the seat, the handles, anything you plan to touch.
Wash your hands whenever and wherever possible. If there is a restroom near your current hole, wash your hands. And while you’re at it, make sure to wash your balls too, your golf balls.
If you can, wear golf gloves. To go a step beyond that, use hand sanitizer inside and on the outside of those gloves.
Wipe your club handle down as much as possible. Your hands are one of, if not the biggest, carrier of this virus. Make sure you are cleaning as much as possible.
Take advantage of the beer cart. Ask that the beer cart attendee wear gloves if they aren’t already, and if they are not, wipe down your drink with disinfectant wipes if you have them. Avoid the clubhouse if you can as more people will be in range.
If you need to head into the clubhouse, get in and get out. Do what you have to do and go.
Try not to constantly touch your phone! Yes, this is hard, and scoring with Golfshot you will need to touch your phone to input your score. However, by using Siri (if available) and our Voice Hole information and Advance Hole information features, you will be able to play without your phone constantly in hand. As you’ll need to touch your phone from time to time, you can find instructions on properly cleaning your phones here.
Last but not least, if you are sick or feeling slightly under the weather at all, STAY HOME!
At these stages, we need to practice social distancing. That doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy some fresh air on the golf course (If your course is still open and you’re not under mandatory quarantine that is).
To all our Golfshot users out there, stay safe and remember to wash your hands!
Thanks for the information ⛳️🏌🏾
Anytime, stay safe out there!
A course near me also has the following measures:
Leave the flag in the hole when putting.
Remove all takes from bunkers, green keepers will rake bunkers more often
Go cashless in bar and pro shop
Remove the shoe cleaning/ trolley cleaning equipment.
These are all great tips to add, thank you!
Another great tip at my course…they put about 2-3 inches of a pool noodle around the flagstick in the cup. The ball rolls in by you don’t have to reach deep to pull it out. This is a genius move.
That’s a great idea, thank you for sharing!
I don’t get out to play golf much, but I love to watch it on TV, even if it is last year’s tournament. Best wishes to all of you out there on the course! Gail from NC.
Golf is one of the only sports that allows easy distancing from your 4some….I hope the government and municipal authorities realize how important exercise is to the walking golfer….shutting the courses down is not going to stop the virus so give me a break and OPEN THE COURSES FOR WALKERS
Would you consider adding a tournament mode like 18 Birdies? Under the current circumstances nobody wants to handle cards written by others. If you can enter your own score on your own phone that entered it in a leaderboard then we can continue having competition while social distancing and staying safe!
It’s been a feature we have thought about! It’s something on our list that we are looking into, thank you for that recommendation!