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Golfers must adhere to all rules or they will be asked to leave the course immediately

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A display outside the entrance to the clubhouse explains the new regulations that are in place at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in order to comply with the governor's executive order and keep the course open. At least for now, Meadow Lakes Golf Course is still open for business.

However, the golf course has made several changes in order to comply with Executive Order No. 20-12, which was issued by Gov. Kate Brown Monday morning.

The executive order requires people to shelter in place except for essential travel.

The good news is the order gave businesses some leeway, provided they assign an employee to make sure people adhere to social distancing guidelines and take steps to ensure that customers are safe.

As a result, Meadow Lakes has adopted a string of new rules so it can remain open.

"Obviously these are trying times," Meadow Lakes Head Professional Zach Lampert said. "However, we believe that if customers can adhere to our new policies, we should be able to remain open and provide the community with some semblance of normalcy during this mandatory lockdown. Golf is a sport that can be played under state rules for social distancing if customers adhere to strict guidelines."

The Meadow Lakes Clubhouse is closed until further notice, although the restaurant is still providing takeout service from Wednesday through Sunday of each week.

All payments will be collected by phone, and golfers are encouraged to pay prior to arriving at the course.

There will be a lockbox for gift certificates and member dollars outside the golf shop door, along with a sign with a number for a direct line for players who do not pay in advance.

Frequent customers can load money onto a prepaid account that can be used for future rounds without having to call in each time with payment.

Tee times can be made online, and golf shop staff will monitor check-in from the pro shop and use the loudspeaker to communicate with players and call groups to the tee.

Lampert recommends that golfers walk the course, although there will be limited cart availability. The carts that are available are for single riders only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Golf staff will be sanitizing the golf carts with disinfectant after every use.

Golfers must remain 6 feet from each other at all times.

"No touching, no handshakes," Lampert stressed. "Golfers should not pick up stray golf balls or touch other players' gear."

Meadow Lakes has also inverted the cups in the holes, and flagsticks are to remain in the hole at all times in order to eliminate touching and contact with the hole and flagstick.

The course has also removed all bunker rakes, practice green flags, ball washers and benches to eliminate touch points.

There are also changes to the rules and procedures concerning range balls.

Finally, Lampert noted that there will be golf course staff on the course monitoring play and that golfers or groups not adhering to the social distancing policies will be asked to leave the course immediately.

Lampert also stressed that it is critical that all golfers follow the rules in their entirety so that the course can remain open.


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