The Courses of Clear Creek have reopened with some new rules to adhere to social distancing regulations.

The golfers out at the Courses of Clear Creek are like a family and Chris Osborne, business manager and head golf professional of the Courses of Clear Creek, is happy to have them back.

“It feels great to have players back on the course,” Osborne said. “We have missed them.”

He believes it is important for players to be able to come out and golf to get some exercise and not be cooped up inside during this difficult time of social distancing.

“Golf is a game that is played outdoors and offers our Soldiers and guests an opportunity to get out and enjoy the sun and have some fun in a safe environment during this time,” Osborne said.

Due to the coronavirus they have marked out the floor in the pro shop to make sure players are socially distanced inside the clubhouse.

“We are following all III Corps guidelines of social distancing. All items on the course that could potentially spread the virus have been removed,” Osborne said. “Holes on the course have been modified to give each player easy access to their ball. Players are required to play with the flags in at all times. Single rider carts are encouraged. Carts are all sanitized and cleaned before they are allowed to go back on the course. Social distancing is required in and around the clubhouse. Everything is being wiped down and sanitized every hour. We are doing everything possible to keep all of our players and guests safe.”

A list of updated rules sits on the checkout counter in the pro shop, with rules on the best way to play without spreading COVID-19, such as standing six feet apart, handling your own golf clubs and forgoing the traditional handshakes before and after a round.

Many people have taken advantage of the golf course opening instead of just sitting on their couches.

“Play has been up some since our reopening,” Osborne said. “Everyone is looking for a safe way to get outside and have some fun.”

Friends Kay Miller, Marie St. George and Irene Patterson are frequent golfers and were excited to be out at the Courses of Clear Creek again.

“For the exercise and the fresh air,” Miller said of why it’s important to play golf during this time.

“And being cooped up at home is not fun,” Patterson added.

When asked if the new rules would affect their game in any way they all laughed.

“I wish I could blame it on it,” Miller said laughing.

Golfing is a safe sport to play during this time and Osborne encourages those who want to, to come out and play.

“We are open daily to come out and play and offering lunch for dine in or take-out Monday through Friday,” Osborne said. “We hope to see you all at the course very soon.”