BREC to close golf courses to prepare for Stay-at-Home order compliance guidelines

Coronavirus

All BREC golf facilities closed today, Tuesday March 24, so staff can prepare to re-open the facilities with social distancing guidelines that adhere to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order. Courses will re-open on Wednesday, March 25, or when all the preparations are complete.

According to BREC, additional policies in effect after the re-opening will include:

  1. All sales will be credit card only, no cash sales.
  2. Customer are strongly encouraged to walk when playing. Cart rentals will be allowed for single-riders only at 18-hole courses.
  3. The 9-hole City Park and JS Clark golf courses will be open for walking only. No cart rentals will be allowed.
  4. Green fees will only be accepted from outside the clubhouse at most courses. Clubhouse access will be limited, including limited or no access to some clubhouse restroom facilities.
  5. Tee times will be reduced at courses as needed to spread out play and limit the number of golfers on the course at the same time.

Measures that were already being taken will remain in place, including:

  1. Hole liners have been turned upside down to allow golfers to putt to the hole and retrieve the ball from the hole without touching the flagstick or hole liner.
  2. Golfers are being encouraged to not putt short putts.
  3. Water coolers have been removed from courses.
  4. Rakes have been removed from sand bunkers.
  5. Ball washers have been removed or covered to prevent use.

In accordance with the Stay-at-Home order, as of 5 p.m Monday night, BREC closed all playgrounds, dog parks, outdoor fitness equipment and restrooms for public use. All community parks will also close at dusk rather than staying open until 10 o’clock p.m as they do normally. According to BREC, Parks, trails and conservation areas will remain open since residents have been encouraged to participate in outdoor activities such as walking, biking and hiking during this stressful time.

BREC will continue adding to the online “Refresh Your Mind” portal containing videos which allow residents to experience BREC facilities and activities from the safety of their homes. Residents can access this at  www.brec.org/refresh.

According to BREC 25 parks are being used to provide thousands of meals for at-risk children through a partnership with Three O’clock Project. Routes and schedules for meal deliveries can be found here: www.threeoclockproject/COVID.

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