STOW – The sound of "Fore!" will soon be heard in Stow.
Fox Den Golf Course, 2770 Call Road, will be open April 20.
The golf course closed temporarily March 16 because of the spread of COVID-19, but the city of Stow has decided to open Fox Den under the guidelines of the state of Ohio and Summit County Public Heath.
"After much consideration and under the guidance of the state and SCPH, we are excited to reopen Fox Den Goll Course," said Mayor John Pribonic. "The health and well-being of our residents is always our top priority. As such, our staff will work to ensure that all social distancing guidelines are dutifully followed. We look forward to the improving spring weather and seeing golfers back on the course in a responsible manner."
The course will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Early morning tee times from 9 to 10 a.m. will be reserved for seniors over 60 years old on Monday through Friday.
State health officials have ruled that people can play golf during the COVID-19 pandemic if they follow social distancing guidelines.
Fox Den Golf Course will have the following rules:
• Everyone must remain 6 feet apart.
• Fees can be pre-paid or call 330-673-3443 a few hours before tee time and pay with credit card only at the pay window.
• Everyone must have a tee time to play. No walk-up play.
The clubhouse, driving range and putting greens will remain closed. Players should not arrive more than 10 minutes before their scheduled tee times or wait in their cars. No congregating in groups.
Walking is encouraged and no more than one rider per cart unless from the same household. Staff will clean the carts after each use.
Bunker rakes and ball washers have been removed. Flagsticks cannot be touched or removed.
No rain checks will be issued and no food or beverages sold. No alcohol is permitted on the premises.
Updates and all rules are on the Fox Den site www.foxdengc.com and anyone violating the rules will be asked to leave with no refund. For more information, go to the city site at www.stowohio.org or call 330-689-2700.
Brookledge Golf Course at 1621 Bailey Road in Cuyahoga Falls opened April 13 but anyone who does not follow the new guidelines will be asked to leave. Golfers must schedule a tee time in advance by calling 330-971-8416.
Golf is also being played at Silver Lake Country Club, a private course at 1325 Graham Road. Cones are placed in the parking lot to space vehicles, and players must maintain an 8-foot distance. Each member of a foursome must have his own cart and maintain the 8-foot distance.
Tee times are scheduled every 18 minutes and players are asked not to arrive more than 10 minutes before tee time.
The clubhouse is locked and the driving range and practice green are off limits. Ball washers, trash cans and bunker rakes have been removed. The cup has been turned upside down and golfers are not to touch the flag sticks. Silver Lake Club can be reached at 330-688-6066.
Roses Run County Club in Stow at 2638 N. River Road is open with tee times at 15-minute intervals. Green fees must be paid over the phone in advance. All bunker rakes and bell washers have been removed or covered. Roses Run can be reached at 330-688-4653.
Ellsworth Meadows at 1101 Barlow Road in Hudson and Gleneagles Golf Club at 2615 Glenwood Drive in Twinsburg are not open yet. Updates are on their websites.
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