HUDSON — After being closed for about a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club reopened on Saturday.

Golfers were expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines that were established by Summit County Public Health.

Trent Wash, assistant director of public works for the city of Hudson, said golfers who came out to the Barlow Road course followed the rules, and noted that employees monitored groups to make sure the rules were being complied with. He noted he believed that following the distancing rules slows down the pace of play on the course.

"It is a challenge as players that play slow tend to back things up," said Wash.

He said about 60 golfers played on Saturday and about 100 teed off on Sunday.

He added players were "thrilled" that the course is open again and noted Ellsworth is in "good shape."

Ellsworth is opening at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekend days.

Wash said golfers must reserve a tee time before coming out to the course. Call Ellsworth Meadows at 330-655-2267 to reserve a tee time.

Now that the course is reopened, non-golfers are no longer allowed to use the cart paths as walking trails.

Here are the rules that are in place for the course:

1. Golfers must maintain their distance from each other at all times. Course officials encourage all players to maintain a 6-foot gap between each other at all times including on the tees and greens.

2. Prepay is available by phone for golfers’ convenience.

3. Riding carts available – one person per cart. When booking a tee time, golfers need to know how many in their group will ride and inform pro shop personnel.

4. Each cart will be sterilized by staff when it’s returned to the clubhouse.

5. There is zero contact to be made by staff with customers.

6. There will be no bunker rakes, ball washers, water, or restrooms available to the public on the course.

7. The pro shop, dining area, driving range, putting greens and chipping green are closed. All tables and chairs are removed or blocked off as golfers may not loiter before or after their round.

8. Food is not available.

9. Tee times are spread out by 12 minutes instead of the typical eight minutes. This will maintain fewer people waiting to tee off on hole #1.

10. The holes have an upside down cup in them to allow the ball to go in the cup about an inch or so deep, eliminating the need to reach deeper into the hole. Flags must remain in the hole at all times.

11. In case of a weather delay (frost, rain, etc.), golfers must wait in their vehicles.

12. Golfers should not congregate in the parking lot. They should park their cars at a distance from other vehicles.

13. All other regular course rules remain in effect.

"We must maintain these guidelines to stay open," stated a news release on the city’s website. "These rules were established by Summit County Public Health and they have the authority to shut down courses that do not abide by these rules. Following the safeguards is critical to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help flatten the curve."

For more information, visit the city’s website at www.hudson.oh.us.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.