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All eyes on golf this summer season

Amidst all the uncertainty regarding sports and events due to COVID-19 protocols, one sport may be better suited to proceed as normal in these conditions than others.
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Taylor’s Nate Creamer takes aim at the 9th hole during the United Way’s 9th annual charity golf tournament at Lone Wolf June 20, 2019.

Amidst all the uncertainty regarding sports and events due to COVID-19 protocols, one sport may be better suited to proceed as normal in these conditions than others. Golf courses seem to be the perfect places to be during the coronavirus pandemic as the sport allows plenty of space between its players.

“It’s a bit premature to say for now, but the sport of golf is basically social distancing by nature,” said Lakepoint General Manager Troy Knight. “We think golf could be a great recreational alternative.”

Knight said they are preparing to go forward with the golf season as normal, but that things could change any day and measures could be put into place preventing golf courses to open as usual. The biggest obstacle the course is facing right now is it’s still covered in snow and Knight is hoping the weather co-operates.

Down in Taylor, Mayor Rob Fraser is hopeful that Lone Wolf will be able to open and provide an outlet for golfers this summer as well.

“We’re still planning to maintain golf course operations for now. People will still need to recreate, and need something to do to keep their social welfare up and their head straight,” Fraser said.

Fraser said the course would have to come up with a system where no cash is handled, interaction with clubhouse staff is minimal, and golf carts are constantly cleaned.

Staff at Farmington Fairways posted a vibrant video on social media last week declaring their intentions to open the season at the normal time this year.

The Fort St. John Links golf course could not be reached for comment.

For now, plans for all the courses are up in the air as the season would still be a month away even if the coronavirus didn’t exist. Still, both golfers and golf course staff are hoping they’ll be able to play a round of 18 this summer.

“Golf is a good way to keep that mental acuity up and still get some exercise, while we deal with whatever the world throws at us,” Fraser said. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca