COVID-19 - Status Updates on Local Courses: Tampa Bay Area Sarasota Area SWFL Area

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Sarasota Featured Golf Courses: New Updates

We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times due to the COVID-19 virus. We do not know when this will end, but golf courses are providing a safe haven for us who enjoy playing the game. We have compiled a list of featured courses in the Sarasota area that are still open, or are open to members only, or all operations at the course are closed until further notice and what health and safety precautions they are taking for both players and employees.

  • Bent Tree Golf Club in Sarasota
    • Normal operating hours: 6:30 a.m. – dusk
    • Credit/debit cards are preferred for transactions, so as to limit the interaction during payment, but cash transactions are still allowed, the employees will be wearing gloves.
    • Players are allowed to prepay for their rounds over the phone if they would like to do so.
    • Only 4 people will be allowed at a time in the golf shop at a time, and this also includes employees.
    • Bag stands and benches have been taken away from the practice areas
    • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
    • All players will load their own clubs into the carts and back into their cars as well.
    • Bag drop and club cleaning services is not being offered at this time
    • Rakes have been taken off the course and the bunkers will be raked every morning and sand bottles have been taken away as well.
    • The starters will follow the 6-foot distance rule from all groups when on the 1st tee.
    • Avoid touching the flagstick.
    • Cups and straws have been taken away, as well as all of the water stations and the ice/water machines have been discontinued. Guests are allowed to bring their own water bottles.
    • Groups are not allowed to assemble before or after rounds.
    • Food and beverage departments are closed until further notice
  • Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood
    • Normal operating hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Restaurant
      • Take-out and deliveries only in the community
      • Open Mon.-Sat.: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
      • Dinner is available Wed. – Fri.: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
      • Brunch is on Sunday during the season from: 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto
    • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Credit/debit cards are preferred for transactions, so as to limit the interaction during payment, but cash transactions are still allowed, the employees will be wearing gloves.
    • Players are allowed to prepay for their rounds over the phone if they would like to do so.
    • Only 4 people will be allowed at a time in the golf shop at a time, and this also includes employees.
    • Bag stands and benches have been taken away from the practice areas
    • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
    • All players will load their own clubs into the carts and back into their cars as well.
    • Bag drop and club cleaning services is not being offered at this time
    • Rakes have been taken off the course and the bunkers will be raked every morning and sand bottles have been taken away as well.
    • The starters will follow the 6-foot distance rule from all groups when on the 1st tee.
    • Avoid touching the flagstick.
    • Cups and straws have been taken away, as well as all of the water stations and the ice/water machines have been discontinued. Guests are allowed to bring their own water bottles.
    • Groups are not allowed to assemble before or after rounds.
    • Food and beverage departments are closed until further notice
  • Golf in Venice:
    • Calusa Lakes Golf Club in Nokomis
      • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Must call pro shop to book a tee time, online booking is suspended
      • They ask that all customers use credit/debit cards to pay instead of using cash. Please use the PAX devices and put the card in directly and they will be cleaned after each use.
      • They will follow every precaution to keep everything as sanitary as possible.
      • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
      • Carts are not required, so players can walk at anytime, but for green fee only.
      • Avoid touching the flagsticks or cups.
      • The refillable water coolers and rakes have been taken away.
      • All carts will be disinfected, keyed, and ready for use before each use.
      • All staff members will be wearing gloves.
      • Players can bring their own water bottles.
      • They will have bottled water to buy in the pro shop.
    • Capri Isles Golf Club in Venice
      • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Must call pro shop to book a tee time, online booking is suspended
      • They ask that all customers use credit/debit cards to pay instead of using cash. Please use the PAX devices and put the card in directly and they will be cleaned after each use.
      • They will follow every precaution to keep everything as sanitary as possible.
      • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
      • Carts are not required, so players can walk at anytime, but for green fee only.
      • Avoid touching the flagsticks or cups.
      • The refillable water coolers and rakes have been taken away.
      • All carts will be disinfected, keyed, and ready for use before each use.
      • All staff members will be wearing gloves.
      • Players can bring their own water bottles.
    • Waterford Golf Club in Venice
      • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Must call pro shop to book a tee time, online booking is suspended
      • They ask that all customers use credit/debit cards to pay instead of using cash. Please use the PAX devices and put the card in directly and they will be cleaned after each use.
      • They will follow every precaution to keep everything as sanitary as possible.
      • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
      • Carts are not required, so players can walk at anytime, but for green fee only.
      • Avoid touching the flagsticks or cups.
      • The refillable water coolers and rakes have been taken away.
      • All carts will be disinfected, keyed, and ready for use before each use.
      • All staff members will be wearing gloves.
      • Players can bring their own water bottles.
  • Heritage Harbour Golf & Country Club in Bradenton
    • Open for normal operating hours from 7 a.m. -7 p.m.
    • CDC guidelines are in place and extra health precautions such as:
      • All rakes have been removed.
      • Avoid flagsticks.
      • Golf carts will be disinfected before and after every use.
      • Carts will be placed in an “open space” arrangement.
      • Orange foam has been placed in the cup
      • The Eatery: to-go only before a player’s round or at the turn that includes: pre-made sandwiches, snacks, drinks (including alcoholic beverages)
        • Friday night specials are available for to go only from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
        • They will also be offering a shopping list of groceries that can be bought at the club.
        • They are offering a special going on GroupGolfer.com: $18 for 18 holes, cart, and range balls thru July 15, 2020
  • IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton
    • Operating hours: 7 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    • They are strictly enforcing social distancing practices.
    • 1 person, 1 cart rule and they are encouraging individuals to walk as well.
    • They are using hospital-grade cleaning products to thoroughly clean their clubhouse.
    • Their kitchen is closed, and they are currently not doing any orders for pick-ups.
    • They are increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch areas like countertops, door handles, restrooms, etc.
    • They are examining all staff members before each shift to decrease exposure of this illness.
    • All events with 50 people or more have been cancelled for the next 8 weeks
    • Their fitness center is closed until further notice.
    • Golf course
      • The steering wheels and cup holders are disinfected after every use.
      • Personal golf carts can still be used.
      • They are encouraging golfers to walk, which has been previously for members only.
      • The rakes have been taken off the course and bunkers are raked everyday by grounds crew
      • Cups turned upside down to block ball from going in cup.
      • Avoid touching flagstick.
      • Divot boxes have been removed from par-3 holes.
      • Disinfecting/cleaning of bathrooms on course are being cleaned more often.
  • Legacy Golf Club in Bradenton
    • Normal operating hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Golf shop/Clubhouse
      • 6-foot spacing has been marked on the floor in pro shop.
      • All touch points on the counter and doors are disinfected every hour.
      • Other touch points, such as stair rails, in the club house is disinfected throughout the day more regularly.
      • Restrooms are cleaned more regularly as well and soap, hot water, and disposable paper towels will always be available.
      • Credit/debit card only. No cash allowed. Customers will not need to sign for transactions.
      • Phones and computers (keyboards included) are disinfected more regularly.
    • Restaurant
      • To-go only
      • There is 6-foot spacing on the floor in the take out area for customers.
      • They are open for normal business hours: (941) 907-7067
    • Golf Course/Carts
      • If a player is able to, they are encouraging all to walk the course.
      • 1 person, 1 cart rule.
      • Touch points on the cart will be disinfected after every round.
      • The employees are wearing gloves and are changing them regularly during the day.
      • They would like players to bring their own water bottles, as the water carts have been taken away, as well as the rakes on the course.
      • Avoid touching the flag sticks.
    • Employees
      • They are wearing face masks during their shifts as an extra measure to ensure the safety for everyone.
      • If any employees are feeling sick, they will be asked to stay home and the club does have a paid sick leave policy in place.
      • Daily CDC and WHO best practices are being read to all employees.
      • https://www.legacygolfclub.com/golf/tee-times
  • Kings Gate Country Club in Port Charlotte
    • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Credit/debit cards are preferred for transactions, so as to limit the interaction during payment, but cash transactions are still allowed, the employees will be wearing gloves.
    • Players are allowed to prepay for their rounds over the phone if they would like to do so.
    • Only 4 people will be allowed at a time in the golf shop at a time, and this also includes employees.
    • Bag stands and benches have been taken away from the practice areas
    • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
    • All players will load their own clubs into the carts and back into their cars as well.
    • Bag drop and club cleaning services is not being offered at this time
    • Rakes have been taken off the course and the bunkers will be raked every morning and sand bottles have been taken away as well.
    • The starters will follow the 6-foot distance rule from all groups when on the 1st tee.
    • Avoid touching the flagstick.
    • Cups and straws have been taken away, as well as all of the water stations and the ice/water machines have been discontinued. Guests are allowed to bring their own water bottles.
    • Groups are not allowed to assemble before or after rounds.
  • Manatee Golf Club in Bradenton
    • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Credit/debit cards are preferred for transactions, so as to limit the interaction during payment, but cash transactions are still allowed, the employees will be wearing gloves.
    • Players are allowed to prepay for their rounds over the phone if they would like to do so.
    • Only 4 people will be allowed at a time in the golf shop at a time, and this also includes employees.
    • Bag stands and benches have been taken away from the practice areas
    • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
    • All players will load their own clubs into the carts and back into their cars as well.
    • Bag drop and club cleaning services is not being offered at this time
    • Rakes have been taken off the course and the bunkers will be raked every morning and sand bottles have been taken away as well.
    • The starters will follow the 6-foot distance rule from all groups when on the 1st tee.
    • Avoid touching the flagstick.
    • Cups and straws have been taken away, as well as all of the water stations and the ice/water machines have been discontinued. Guests are allowed to bring their own water bottles.
    • Groups are not allowed to assemble before or after rounds.
    • They will be following all CDC guidelines and rules set by Pope Golf.
    • Food and beverage departments are closed until further notice.
  • Misty Creek Country Club in Sarasota
    • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Credit/debit cards are preferred for transactions, so as to limit the interaction during payment, but cash transactions are still allowed, the employees will be wearing gloves.
    • All groups need to pay in one transaction, but card signatures will not be required during this time.
    • Players are allowed to prepay for their rounds over the phone if they would like to do so: (941) – 921 – 5258
    • Only 4 people will be allowed at a time in the golf shop at a time, and this also includes employees.
    • Bag stands and benches have been taken away from the practice areas
    • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
    • All players will load their own clubs into the carts and back into their cars as well.
    • Carts will be disinfected.
    • Bag drop is now more restricted and club cleaning services is not being offered at this time
    • Rakes have been taken off the course and the bunkers will be raked every morning and sand bottles have been taken away as well.
    • Water coolers have also been removed.
    • The starters will follow the 6-foot distance rule from all groups when on the 1st tee.
    • Avoid touching the flagstick and liners have been put in each hole.
    • Cups and straws have been taken away, as well as all of the water stations and the ice/water machines have been discontinued. Guests are allowed to bring their own water bottles.
    • There are limited beverages being offered.
    • Restrooms and vending machines are being cleaned more frequently.
    • Groups are not allowed to assemble before or after rounds.
  • Moccasin Wallow Golf Club in Palmetto
    • Normal operating hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • They are sanitizing and disinfecting everything.
    • Their operation is now outside and check in will be in front of golf shop, as well as their food and beverage.
    • The clubhouse is closed except for use of restrooms.
    • Players can purchase soft drinks at check in, but there are no water coolers on the course, offering $1 water bottles.
    • They will not offer each player their own cart, only a limited amount.
    • If a player wants their own cart, it is recommended they play later in the day, as they will become more available throughout the day.
  • Peridia Golf and Country Club in Bradenton
    • Modified hours:
      • Mon.: 11 a.m. -2pm
      • Tues. and Sat.: 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
      • Wed.-Fri.: 11 a.m. -8 p.m.
      • Sun.: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • All employees have been told the recommended procedures listed on the CDC website and posted in employee areas of the clubs.
    • All food handlers and servers are trained on proper hand washing and are wearing gloves when preparing food.
    • Employees showing any symptoms of being sick will be asked to go home and call in before their next shift.
    • The proper disinfecting methods for surfaces are always used in food prep areas.
    • The cleaning schedule of the club will be more frequently disinfected by extra members of the staff to include:
      • All areas of kitchen, including back-loading dock and walk-in coolers, and freezers
      • Dining room (POS stations, door handles, chairs, tables)
      • Bar area (bar top, stools, chairs, reach in coolers, glass washers, tables)
      • Bathrooms
      • Pro shop (golf carts, door handles, counter, tables, and chairs)
      • Hand sanitizer is now in all areas of the clubhouse, including entrances and exits
    • Effective on March 21st, the clubhouse will be closed until further notice. No entry allowed.
    • Terrace on the Green Restaurant will offer to-go orders for pickup curbside. Free delivery for Members only. Hours will be 12pm-6pm and the to-go menu will be under Menus on their website. Call at 941-758-2582 ext. 160
    • http://peridiagcc.net/request_tt/
  • Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda West
    • Normal operating hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Please leave the flagstick in the hole.
    • All rakes have been removed from course and they ask to play preferred lie in bunkers.
    •  Instead of the usual end of round handshake, do a club head tap.
    • The cups have been flipped, it raises the inside bottom of the hole so don’t have to put hand in to pick up ball.
    • The carts have been spread out when staging at clubhouse, limits distancing before going out on rounds.
    • Carts are disinfected between every round.
    • The Club Championship has been moved to April 25th and 26th.
    • To-go service from The Hills restaurant only
      • 6 days a week, lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
      • Golf and breakfast special: every Sun. from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. play 18 holes for $34.99/person and includes to-go breakfast sandwich and coffee. Chick-in at pro shop prior to round
  • Serenoa Golf Club in Sarasota
    • Normal operating hours: 6:30am-6pm
    • On the Course
      • Water carts have taken away. They would like guests to bring their own pre-filled water bottles.
      • Don’t touch the flagstick and rakes have been removed.
    • Golf Carts
      • They are inviting their players to walk their round, if possible
      • 1 person, 1 cart rule.
      • Golf carts will be meticulously disinfected after each use. This includes the all touch points, steering wheel, seat, bag strap, and side handles, with disinfecting wipes or spray
    • Restaurant
      • To-go service only.
      • The takeout area is marked with six foot spacing
      • Order food during normal business hours by calling: (941) 925-2755
      • Hours: Breakfast until 11am and Lunch until 4pm.
    • Clubhouse
      • All touch points, restrooms, door handles, countertops, and rails, will be meticulously cleaned on a more frequent basis.
      • Hot water, soap, disposable paper towels in every bathroom.
    • Golf Shop
      • 6 foot spacing marked on floors. Credit/debit card only.
      • Touch points on counters are disinfected at every hour including the credit card terminal and buttons.
      • Computers, keyboards, and phones disinfected more frequently.
      • Will temporarily suspend signing for credit card purchases.
      • Doors will be thoroughly cleaned every hour.
    • Staff
      • All are wearing fabric facemasks, as well as gloves and will be replacing them throughout the day.
      • They are encouraged to stay healthy, hydrated and well rested, and quickly report if they are not feeling well.
  • The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota
    • The Highlands Course and The Groves course are open to public play.
    • The Meadows Course is still open for member play only.
    • Hours: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • They are following CDC guidelines.
    • They are enforcing strict disinfecting guidelines.
    • 1 cart, 1 person rule.
    • These facilities are closed until further notice: fitness center, center court lounge, pool, and tennis and pickle ball.
    • https://www.meadowscc.org/tee-times
  • Twin Isles Country Club in Punta Gorda
    • Normal operating hours: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Curb side pick-up from restaurant
      • Curb side pick-up
      • Lunch 11am-3pm every day
      • Dinner: Tues.-Fri. order from 1pm-4pm and pick up by 6pm
      • Accept debit/credit card
      • 941-637-1232 ext.4
      • Available for non-members as well
    • Credit/debit cards are preferred for transactions, so as to limit the interaction during payment, but cash transactions are still allowed, the employees will be wearing gloves.
    • Players are allowed to prepay for their rounds over the phone if they would like to do so.
    • Only 4 people will be allowed at a time in the golf shop at a time, and this also includes employees.
    • Bag stands and benches have been taken away from the practice areas
    • 1 person, 1 cart rule, no exceptions.
    • All players will load their own clubs into the carts and back into their cars as well.
    • Bag drop and club cleaning services is not being offered at this time
    • Rakes have been taken off the course and the bunkers will be raked every morning and sand bottles have been taken away as well.
    • The starters will follow the 6-foot distance rule from all groups when on the 1st tee.
    • Avoid touching the flagstick.
    • Cups and straws have been taken away, as well as all of the water stations and the ice/water machines have been discontinued. Guests are allowed to bring their own water bottles.
    • Groups are not allowed to assemble before or after rounds.
  • University Park Country Club in University Park
    • Operating hours: 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. for pro shop
    • Their COVID-19 Emergency Management Plan is for lessening the risk of members and staff and give out guidance and support for all homeowners and members.
    • Club Access
    • They are currently operating as a restricted access model.
    • Only registered homeowners, vendors and guests and homeowners, tenants and vendors with barcodes.
    • Golfers with confirmed tee times are allowed in club as well.
    • Golf
      • Course remains open for member, guest and open daily fee play.
      • All recommended cart and golf course sanitation procedures would be followed for everyone’s safety.
    • Dining at the Park Grille
      • To go only. Pickup curbside or delivery is available for $5, pick up times are from 11:30 – 6:00 p.m., for members and residents only
      • The café is open Mon. at 8 a.m. for boxed sandwiches and sealed beverages and snacks only, no other food service available (to-go only)
    • Realtors and Open Houses
      • Realtors must be registered for entry by the homeowner with a listed home.
      • No open houses until after the COVID-19 has passed.
    • https://www.universitypark-fl.com/tee-time
  • Members Only play
    • Mission Valley & Country Club in Nokomis
  • Courses closed until further notice:
    • Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota
    • Venice East Golf Club in Venice
    • Tatum Ridge Golf Links in Sarasota

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