Golf continues at Elks Country Club Golf Course

Elks Country Club Golf Course remains open for golfers.
Elks Country Club Golf Course remains open for golfers.(KSNB)
Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 9:39 PM CDT
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Jackrabbit Run Golf Course in Garnd Island closed down yesterday due to COVID-19.

But several other local golf courses have taken safety precautions to remain open. Giving people the opportunity to be active and get outdoors.

One of those courses is the Elks Country Club Golf Course.

"We just have fun you know? What else can you do besides golf?" said golfer Gene Shaw.

Shaw and his buddy Dan are regulars at the Elks.

"32 holes on Monday, 27 holes on Tuesday," said Shaw.

Lucky for them, their favorite game to play is one that is much easier to practice social distancing guidelines than others.

"There's only four people that can play at a time so we're under the limit," said Shaw.

"People need to get out of their house, you know? You can social distance when you golf," said Elks Country Club Golf Course Clubhouse Manager Brandy Archer.

The course hasn't stopped there though. They have taken several safety precautions to keep their golfers safe."

"We're doing everything we can to disinfect the clubhouse, we disinfect carts after everybody uses them," said Archer. "We're just doing everything we can to keep everybody safe, but yet be able to get out and not be stuck in their house the entire time."

On top of that they have closed down the seating area in the clubhouse and restrooms out on the course.

On the practice green they have removed the pins, and on the course they have made a rule that you can't touch the flag pins or the inside of the cups.

They got creative to make this easier.

"Well they got little plastic things in (the hole) to keep it so you don't have to pull the pin out," said Shaw.

Numbers have continued to be strong on nice days, but just like all local businesses they're worried about making money. Because they can't host their specials and events in the clubhouse.

They are continuing their 50 cent wing night, but can only do delivery or curbside pickup.

"We're still trying to figure out revenue and golfing is really going to help us with that," said Archer.

And Elks' message to you?

"Everybody be safe, do what you can to keep yourself safe. Come out and golf!"