Improving Golf Operations During COVID-19
It’s been roughly nine months since the arrival of COVID-19, which has severely impacted national economies and sent many companies into bankruptcy. Golf is no exception as golf courses have searched for ways to innovate to keep their local golfers safe while adjusting to the loss of in-bound golf tourism. One good sign for golf courses around the world is that there is still a significant demand – golfers remain interested in getting onto the golf course, noting the excessive space allows them to remain safe, and socially distanced.
Though considered a “nonessential service,” many golf courses have continued to push regional associations and governments to allow their businesses to remain open, citing the natural social distancing provided on the golf course. In a business where most of the patrons spend hours outdoors on a property of 60 hectares (150 acres) or more, it seems a natural place for social distancing, limiting exposure and preventing the spread of COVID-19 between people. The golfers typically don’t need to be within 2 meters of each other, unless they wish to be.