Vermont golf courses open today; players must follow safety measures

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Local golfers should get their clubs ready. The courses will officially open Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott announced.

Scott said Wednesday that small gatherings of 10 people or less are now permitted as long as safety precautions, such as social distancing and face masks, are followed.

Other rules will be followed, as well, said Cory Briney, the pro at Links at Lang Farm in Essex Junction.

“We are excited to have everyone here and get outdoors, get some walking in, see a golf ball fly around and just get some relief from this craziness,” Briney said.

Briney said the Links clubhouse will remain closed. They are also asking that golfers walk unless they need to use a golf cart. If you must use a cart, you can only ride with someone who lives with you. And golfers are not permitted to touch the flagstick when retrieving their ball.

“We are going to be using the park, play and go home approach,” Briney said. “So we are asking that you don’t show up until ten to fifteen minutes before your tee time and then head straight to the first tee.”

Opening golf courses and other outdoor recreation such as tennis courts and parks are another step in Scott’s directive that relaxes his March stay-at-home order. Organized sports and leagues are still not permitted.

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