Golf courses across Illinois reopen under modified ‘stay home’ order

City of Bloomington golf director Jason Wingate shared a video update Thursday on Facebook. (Facebook/Golf Bloomington)

 

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Golfers across Illinois are breaking out the clubs as golf courses reopen Friday under Gov. JB Pritzker’s modified “stay home” order.

There are some strict guidelines courses must follow. Golfers must play in twosomes, no carts, and tee times must be spaced out every 15 minutes.  Practice greens, driving ranges, and clubhouses will remain closed.

“Out on the golf course, we are asking golfers do not touch the flagsticks and we will be modifying the cups on the course so the ball doesn’t fall all the way in,” said Bloomington golf director Jason Wingate. “Also, I know it’s hard and a tradition, but try to stay away from those hand shakes and high fives after those great shots.”

Bloomington Country Club head professional and Illinois PGA president Jim Miller says it’s important for golfers to follow the guidelines.

“Hopefully, we can demonstrate that golfers in Illinois can follow the rules and we can get some of these regulations modified moving forward,” said Miller.

Including golf, some state parks will begin to reopen under the governor’s modified “stay home” order which runs through the end of the month.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

Blogs

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…

Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…