9 Tips to Help You Social Distance on the Golf Course
Sprawling greens were made for social distancing, however the shared spaces do pose a greater risk of viral transmission. Still, we’re firm believers in getting out there in a safe way to enjoy the fresh air and great exercise that golfing provides.
If you’re 65 and up, have underlying health conditions, or are immunocompromised, you have a greater risk of harm from coronavirus, but if you take the right precautions with the tips outlined below, you’ll be reducing your risk significantly. Here’s how to get back out on the green in a safe way no matter your age.
1. Avoid shared spaces
The locker room and the dining room were prime gathering spaces prior to COVID-19. Now they’re the places you want to avoid the most. Stay out of enclosed spaces and if you must enter one, wear a mask and wash your hands thoroughly immediately after.
2. Disinfect your equipment
Before you lay a hand on your clubs, disinfect all of them. Once you’ve finished playing for the day, disinfect them once again.
3. Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times
And use it often!
4. Don’t use a valet
You should take your own clubs and drive your own cart for that matter. Some golf courses are imposing policies where only one person may occupy a golf cart at any given time.
5. Stay socially distanced from your golfing buddies
Perhaps the most difficult thing to do right now is stay apart from the people you’ve missed. Hard as it is, make sure you each keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourselves. While the risks are lower for outdoor activities, it doesn’t mean that you can’t spread the virus amongst yourselves on the course.
6. Try walking the course
If you’re physically able to do so, walking rather than using a golf cart might be in your best interest right now.
7. Don’t touch common items
Leave the flag in and that pin too. And if you do touch them, immediately use sanitizer to clean your hands. This also isn’t the right time to test out your friend’s new driver, or shake hands and high-five for that matter.
8. Take your food to go
If you’re hungry, get some food though it’s best to take it to go. The longer you sit around in an enclosed space, the more risk you’re taking. If there is an outdoor dining area that offers well-spaced tables and you can sit far enough from your golf buddies, it should be ok as long as none of you have underlying health problems.
9. Careful when you pay
Even before the pandemic, money always had germs on it but your cards can also hold them too. Wipe your cards clean with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands after handling cash. Avoid touching your face at all costs.
One last thing…take the steps to boost your immunity and recovery with a little acupuncture or massage in-home. We fit your busy life by coming to you and offer our best practices tailored to keep you safe during the pandemic for your best health.