Hello Everyone,

I hope this e-mail finds everyone healthy.  With all the current challenges we have going on in today’s world it is nice to send out an e-mail on something we all like to do, GOLF!

The Press Release from the RCSCW about the courses opening on Monday, May 4th may be found here.  The two golf courses that will not be open until October will be Pebblebrook and Desert Trails.  The Golf Operations staff is excited to have golfers on the courses, but the reality is that we are not back to normal.  We will still have precautions and safety measures put in place so we can help everyone enjoy our favorite pastime.

Items and timelines to be aware of as we move forward in getting back to quasi-normal:

The Starters at each pro shop will be available to help you place money on your member account, answer questions, and book tee times.  This will complement the new credit card or member credit only procedures for green fee and cart fee payment.  NO CASH will be taken or be available to make change for the range ball machine.  Purchasing a range ball key might be a good way to go. They are $90 for $120 worth of balls.

Please note, tee times will be available by calling the pro shop or online six days in advance or via lottery 7 days in advance.  All lottery requests need to be submitted online or by paper by 1:00 p.m. one week in advance of date of play.  All paper lottery slips must be brought to Golf Operations, located at Pebblebrook Golf Course, no later than 1:00 p.m. 7 days in advance.

Initially, the only golfers allowed to play at a RCSCW golf course will be those in our database.  This includes residents, employees, and non-resident cardholders.  Our Starters will be able to type in a member number at the counter and a name will populate our tee sheet.  If this does not happen, the golfer will not be allowed to play.  Hopefully soon, a resident will be allowed to ask non-residents and family members to play.  We will keep you posted as we progress to the next level.  The third and final level will be to allow true public players.

Ladies’ and Men’s League will start-up again the first week of May. No shotguns or double tee starts will be used to help spread out the golfers.

To conform to the 6’ physical separation guidelines that the CDC has recommended, the number of people in the pro shop will be limited to any staff and a maximum of 2 golfers checking in.  Please follow the directions of the Starter.  Golfers are encouraged to call the pro shop the day of play to check in using a credit card or member credit. When the player arrives at the golf course just let the starter know you are there for your tee time. Ten-minute tee times have been implemented until further notice to help assist with the distancing compliance throughout the day. We are asking everyone to please refrain from congregating outside the pro shop, driving range first tee or 18th green. The responsibility to comply will fall on the individual golfer/group play/league play participants.  Failure to comply could result in loss of golf/RCSCW privileges as well as removal of groups from the schedule.

Prepackaged food & beverages and merchandise are now available for sale in the pro shops.  However, please note that all sales are final!  No refunds at this time.  

One rider per cart will be the rule.  Golf carts will be available for rent. $12 for 18 holes and $6 for twilight.  Rental carts will be sanitized after each use.  NO one rider and one walker with two bags on the cart scenarios will be allowed. This is where we got into trouble previously. Walking is allowed but the golfer will either be carrying the bag or using a pull cart.  The only people allowed to ride together will be couples/individuals living together. No exceptions!  Please stay on cart paths as often as possible.  No medical flags will be issued.  Be aware of the 30’ rule for those without medical flag needs and 15’ for those who would have medical flag usage.  No driving between green side bunkers and the greens.  This is something we all need to police each other on as it will determine the quality of our golf courses especially near tees and greens.

Driving ranges, practice putting greens and chipping areas will be open. Please refrain from congregating in these areas as well.

Rules on the golf courses will be the same as those we had in place at the time of closure:

Flagstick stays in hole – no need to touch flagstick

Spacer in hole to help with retrieving ball out of hole

No rakes, sand scoops, ball washers or club cleaners

On course bathrooms will be open

One cart per player now mandatory versus prior to closing

No medical flags to be issued

No congregating as groups in parking lot, behind tees and greens, near driving range or clubhouse.  This could jeopardize playing privileges for individuals and groups.

Safety is the key on all of this. Let us use our heads and keep everyone safe and healthy.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the golf course!

Pat O’Hara, PGA

Golf Operations Manager