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Policies and procedure in response to executive order.

STAYING SAFE

Changes that begin on May 29th are in RED

Wilmette Golf Club opened on May 1st with a number of provisions to protect the safety of our customers, employees and our community.
We believe golf can be played at a safe physical distance outdoors and that it provides individuals the opportunity to exercise and enjoy nature, while promoting mental well-being.  We are committed to safety and have a plan in place allowing golfers to play with as little contact as possible while adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.
 
How THE EXPERIENCE is changed
 
  • Reservations Required – To provide proper spacing and pace on the golf course, we are requiring a prepaid online tee time for all golfers. (Preferred)
  • Play Limitations Foursomes are allowed.
  • Tee Times 10-minute tee time intervals will be scheduled to allow for adequate physical distancing and limit the number of players on the course. Tee times will be available from 5:40 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Sunday.
  • Memberships – Due to the uncertainty of the 2020 golf season the status of memberships is uncertain.
  • Pre-Pay Only – All golfers are required to book and prepay online at the time of booking.  
  • Rain check policy -. Due to weather delays based on inclement weather, your tee time may be bumped back or cancelled even after you have arrived.  We are strictly following the Executive Order the Governor put in place to open golf courses back up: minimum number of times plus minimum number of players equals optimal social distancing to impede the spread of the virus. Inclement weather means potential congregation, which is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If a weather delay occurs, you must take your clubs to your car and sit in your car. Golfers may congregate under protected areas around the clubhouse using social distancing guidelines keeping groups 10 or less.
  • League/Tournament Play – Cancelled until after June 1st.
  • The Clubhouse & Golf Shop are CLOSED – Our clubhouse is closed to the public. A La Carte Grill will be serving food and beverage on the patio, in accordance with state restrictions.  There will be a beverage cart on the course.
  • Golf Carts  Golf carts are permitted. Individuals not members of the same household shall use individual carts. Golf courses shall sanitize each cart after each use.
 
How THE GAME & COURSE has changed
 
  • Don’t touch the flag stick – We cannot disinfect the flag sticks often enough and since they are a central gathering point they must remain.  The cups have been inverted for No Contact ball retrieval.
  • NO club rentals – Please bring your own clubs.
  • Putting greens and driving range-  OPEN, but at 50% capacity
  • ALL touch points are removed – Bunker rakes, ball washers, sand bottles and benches have been removed from the course.  Please replace divots, repair ball marks and use your foot to smooth out the sand.
  • On course bathrooms and drinking water – The only bathrooms currently available on the course are located behind the 10th tee. Water is NOT available on course.  Please bring your own bottle.
 
How YOU CAN HELP keep it SAFE
 
  • Don’t play if you’re sick – If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, have a fever, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19: stay home and protect other players.
  • Maintain space with your playing partner – High fives and handshakes are normally encouraged but for now keep your space from playing partners.  Stay at least 6 feet away at tee boxes and greens, handle your own scorecard, ball and clubs.
  • Navigating the arrival – All players arriving to the course no more than 15 minutes prior to your tee time. Park your car with an open space between you and another vehicle.  Upon exiting the 18th green, please return to your vehicles immediately.  Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your tee time.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer – Help keep your partner and other players safe and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Stray Balls – Please respect our neighbors – do not retrieve any balls that are hit off course.
  • Be a good citizen – With everyone following the guidelines and rules set forth, we are able to provide a safe and fun golf experience. If patrons do not observe these rules, the course may close or further restrict access to all golfers.
 
How WE are keeping you SAFE
 
  • Minimum Basic Operations – We are limiting staff contact by maintaining only minimum basic operations.  Staff are required to stay home if they are ill or in contact with someone who is ill.  Additionally, we’re avoiding close contact whenever possible. You may notice reduced levels of course maintenance due to staffing limitations – please understand our staff are providing the best experience possible given limitations.
  • Extra Enforcement of Hygiene – Staff are upping their hand washing and frequently disinfecting common touch points and on course washrooms.


Failure to Follow Guidelines
We care about your health. – The COVID-19 pandemic is very serious.  Please be respectful of staff and fellow golfers at all times.  Failure to follow staff directives and the guidelines set forth will result in suspension of your golf privileges until further notice.


For questions or concerns, please contact Adam Kwiatkoski at akwiatkoski@wilpark.org.

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