Following a decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 21, to open golf courses for limited and safe use, Black Gold Golf Club will reopen for recreational golf-play beginning Friday, April 24 at 7 a.m. Black Gold Golf Club’s top priority is the health and safety of guests, staff, and the community. Strict operating procedures have been developed to comply with the golf course guidelines established by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and social distancing measures will be enforced. While golf is a great form of exercise and a popular outdoor activity, players will need to be mindful of key operation modifications:
Black Gold Golf Club Social Distancing Standards and Operating Guidelines
The Orange County Board of Supervisors provided guidance for the reopening of recreational golfing opportunities and directed management staff at each golf course to utilize industry best practices to implement these guidelines while considering the unique characteristics of each golf course. The following operating procedures have been developed to comply with the golf course guidelines established by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on April 21, 2020:
Black Gold Golf Club
Operations at the Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Derricks Grille (in-house and patio dining), and banquet facilities will remain closed for transacting business. Golf operations related to reserving tee times, playing golf, and golf course support services are open in accordance with the guidelines established by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Derricks Grille will continue to operate with limited services including to-go meals and pre-ordered take-out meals (no in-house or patio dining); Essential Grocery Box program with curbside pick-up; and Family Style and Holiday Meals with curbside pick-up. These modified operating procedures are consistent with County mandates for operation of restaurants.
Gold Carts will be limited to one person per cart. However, individuals that reside at the same residence may be allowed to ride in a cart together. Following each use, golf carts will be thoroughly sanitized and disinfected prior to use by another individual.
Touch Points & GAME-PLAY MODIFICATION
Touch Points have been eliminated from the course, including touch points associated with the recreational aspect of golf. The following measures have been taken:
- Flag sticks and sand bunker rakes have been removed from the course. Players will be allowed a free drop from bunker areas.
- Practice putting greens, chipping areas, and driving range will remain closed.
- Self service areas such as vending machines and any location where strict adherence to social distancing cannot be enforced have been closed.
- Cups have been inverted on the greens and the golf ball will not enter the hole creating a sanitary playing environment. Ball washers and on-course water dispensers have been covered and/or removed from the course.
- Golf is an activity that can take four-hours (or more) to play. Therefore, the course restrooms will remain open (with modifications noted below). This will also assist golfers by providing the ability to wash their hands throughout their round.
- Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times throughout the day.
- Restrooms located on the course will be available for use by only one person at a time. Markers on the ground and signs denoting where to wait have been placed to ensure social distancing.
- Marshalls will monitor these areas frequently to ensure social distancing requirements are being followed.
Golf Groups have been limited to no more than 4 golfers and strict adherence to maintain social distancing throughout the course will be monitored closely by Black Gold staff and course Marshalls. Fortunately, the sport of golf is rich in tradition and etiquette and forms of social distancing are already ingrained and are routinely practiced by golfers. However, individuals that do not adhere to social distancing may be removed from the course.
Tee Times will be strategically scheduled to ensure there are no congregations of individuals on the golf course. Additionally, upon completion of the round, individuals will be routed directly to their car and instructed to promptly drive out of the immediate area to avoid congregation in the parking lot.
To comply with seperate orders by the Orange County Health Officer, all staff at Black Gold Golf Club will be wearing cloth face masks when interacting with the public. Golf patrons are currently not required to wear face masks, but they are strongly encouraged to do so to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by those who are asymptomatic.
For MORE Information
Additional Safety Measures deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of golfers and the public may be implemented by the City of Yorba Linda or Black Gold Golf Club at any time. For more information, please visit blackgoldgolf.com.