Anyone who plays golf on a regular basis knows how hard it is to go without it for very long. Many players have had to go weeks, or sometimes even months, without playing, but never forgo it altogether. In fact, if you’re cautious, you can easily play the game without violating any COVID-19 restrictions.
Try the following tips and tricks to make sure you and any other player accompanying you stay safe out on the course:
Wear your face mask or covering
Don’t skip the face mask mandate—it’s for your own protection. Of course, you don’t need to have it on at all times, and you can take it off when you’re in less crowded areas, but to be safe, wear it when you arrive and while you’re leaving.
A face mask will prevent and reduce the chances of infection and will protect you while you interact with staff and other players on the course.
Always carry your own drinks and snacks
You’ll have to forget about your steak lunches and post-game drinks for a while. A lot of resorts may be offering food and beverages as take-out, but it’s best to take your own water and snacks. There’s no denying that being out on the course can leave you parched and hungry, so it’s best to prepare ahead. Keep a personal water bottle, snacks like nuts, popcorn, or sandwiches.
Carry your own equipment
Don’t borrow clubs, tees, and balls from the resort or other players. Bring along your own equipment to make sure it’s safe and sanitary, and there is no transfer of germs, bacteria, or viruses. Even if the course offers to sanitize it, if you’ve got your own, you’re better off. Make sure to pack all your essentials in a bag and avoid sharing with other players.
Rent or buy your own golf cart
It makes a world of difference when you buy a golf cart. You know it’s only yours; nobody else uses it or risks transmitting bacteria or infections, or has access to your vehicle. You can use it for as long as you like, and you’re solely in charge of it. You can also drive around friends and family on it without violating safety protocols. Having a personal cart ensures that you’re able to socially distance safely too.
Golf is an excellent form of physical exercise while being an outdoor activity—one that allows you to safely maintain your distance from staff and other players. A little precaution goes a long way!