The COVID-19 crisis has posed major uncertainties in many industries and the golfing world is no exception. Still, the whole world continually seeks ways to fight this pandemic and remains positive that things will soon go back to normal. But with the huge impact that this contagious virus has brought, we are likely to see many changes to normal life as we know it. In golf, players can expect to comply with new rules that aim to keep everyone on the course safe and healthy.
The changes that are bound to happen do not have to take you by surprise. That is, if you have inkling about the possible adjustments that golf courses may implement to cope with the health crisis. The following are some of the new normal policies you can expect:
Cashless payment system
As any physical contact is discouraged, it is likely that many establishments including golf facilities would encourage clients to use modern payment methods. Aside from reducing the risk of spreading the virus, going cashless is also a faster and more convenient way of paying.
More online golf tournaments
It may take a while before pro golfers can hear cheering and applause from a live crowd again. At the same time, golf fans cannot look forward to attending a live golf event just yet. Exciting golf tournaments can still happen but the safest venue for now is through a pay-per view or livestreaming event.
Less use of golf carts
Using a golf cart is still an option but it may be a lonely ride because many courses would no longer allow players to share carts. The safer option for now is walking your way through the course. Aside from being a good form of exercise, you may even find it more enjoyable to navigate the course by foot.
Aside from the need to maintain social distancing, it is likely that players will soon be asked to ditch formalities such as handshakes before and after a game. Even in the event of a spectacular shot, players would have to let go of customary giving of high-fives to show appreciation. Ignoring these gestures will not be considered rude as it has become the new etiquette to follow in golf.
Partial operations of some golf amenities
For some time, golf enthusiasts may have to visit a course for the sole purpose of playing the sport. This is because golf amenities may have to be closed or have limited operations. Guests may not have full access to a practice facility the clubhouse may not be open for hanging out. Restaurants that are inside a golf course may not be available to serve dine-in customers but may accept take-out and delivery orders.
The coronavirus scare may have shaken the golfing world a bit but it certainly cannot totally crush the industry. In fact, many golf courses in several US States including the Phoenix-Scottsdale area have reopened. For help in booking tee times or a golf getaway in advance, you can always rely on the expert help of Pinnacle Golf Vacations. Reach out to us today through a phone call or email. You’re also welcome to check out our online form for a quick quote today.