While over 95% of U.S. golf courses have reopened with social distancing guidelines, a small sample remain closed. Imagine your summer without convenient golf nearby. That's been the issue for many New York City golfers who aren't members at country clubs. The municipal golf courses in the five boroughs are still closed with no timetable to reopen, according to the New York Post. Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx is probably the highest profile course still closed, but many others are missed by locals.
"Right now, New Yorkers are dying to get out there and get some exercise and recreation," Michael Tafet, who operates four city courses, said in the article. "They need it for their mental health. Our phones are ringing off the hook with hundreds of calls a day from our golfers asking, 'When are you opening? When are you opening'? And we don't have an answer for them, because we're not being told anything."
It's not just muni golf courses whose operations remains suspended. Some of the country's most prominent courses are still not accepting public tee times. Here's a look:
Harbour Town Golf Links
Two courses are already open at Sea Pines Golf Resort on Hilton Head Island, but the famed Harbour Town Golf Links won't open to resort guests and members until June 23, after the PGA Tour's rescheduled RBC Heritage June 18-21.
Yale Golf Club
The Yale Golf Club in New Haven, Conn., will remain closed through at least July 31. The closure of one of America's best college courses really only affects members and the college's community of golfers since it's not technically open to the public, but there are those who wonder what the delay means for the future of such a historic and celebrated course.
SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wis., an hour north of the popular Sand Valley Golf Resort, has plans to reopen July 6. All of its facilities should be in peak shape by then, including PJ's, an excellent 19th hole hangout that serves good food. The flower hole will be in full bloom, ready to thrill again. Construction of an on-site boutique hotel continues with a scheduled opening of 2021. Browse and book tee times here.
Several prominent Monterey Peninsula coursesCarmel Valley Ranch rides wild elevations inland from the Monterey Peninsula. Courtesy of user 'QuantumGolfx'The wind off of the ocean can whip across the par-3 16th green of The Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf AdvisorThe 11th hole of Del Monte Golf Course might be the best of the three short par 4s on the back nine. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Three current closures show how important tourist golfers are to the Monterey Peninsula. Carmel Valley Ranch, the only Pete Dye golf course in northern California, is currently closed to "public play." What would normally be a more affordable alternative to the courses at Pebble Beach Resorts isn't available for visitors. Granted, there aren't many golfers visiting at this time; Pebble Beach Resorts don't reopen until June 15. Although its best courses - Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill - have been open for more than a month, the Links at Spanish Bay will reopen with the resort accommodations next week. No timetable has been announced publicly for the return of the Del Monte Golf Course.
Belterra Golf Course
Casinos have been scrutinized during the pandemic as large, indoor gathering places with a lot of potential contact points. Las Vegas didn't open its casinos until June 4th. Some golf courses owned and operated by larger gaming entities won't open until the casinos do. Boyd Gaming's Belterra Golf Course in Florence, Ind. will reopen when the casino reopens June 15. The Tom Fazio course in southern Indiana is considered one of the finest casino courses in the country.
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