Golf courses open with extra precautions amid stay-at-home order

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - "It feels good just to hit something," Holiday Golf Club member J. Michael Brown said with a smile.

Holiday Golf Club is among the courses staying open.

He's not alone.

Vacationers aren’t roaming the fairways of Holiday Golf Club, but members and locals are still filling tee times during Florida's stay-at-home order.

"You're in the sunshine, you're in the UVA rays," general manager Brad Carroll said. "You're getting that Vitamin D. It's positive."

It’s not business as usual though—new policies keep players apart.

“By being able to move our pro shop outside, we're having a no touch experience," Carroll explained. "You can prepay online. You can book online. There's no reason to have contact with any other human being."

And no reason to have contact with other gear. While the facility complies to CDC rules, the game follows PGA guidelines: no bunker rakes, flag sticks in, cups upside down; staff will fills divots and do everything else, taking extra care of carts.

"We clean it out spray it down with bleach and water, wipe it down with a towel with bleach, and then we let it sit before it goes back out," Carroll added. "It's going to be completely disinfected."

Only one person is allowed per cart. No complaints from anyone, at least out here.

"I've been working from home for the last two weeks so I've got to be able to get out of the house and do something," Brown said. "We took out those cabin fever frustrations on the golf ball."

The course has always been a safe haven from stress...especially now.

"You can focus inward," Brown continued, "focus on your golf game, focus on yourself, kind of get away from things."

Just don't get close to anything except the hole.

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