STOW — Fox Den Golf Course at 2770 Call Road is open, but it may take time to recoup lost revenue due to the impact of COVID-19.
The golf course closed temporarily March 16 because of the spread of COVID-19, but the city reopened Fox Den April 20 under the guidelines of the state and Summit County Public Heath.
Director of Public Service Nicholas Wren April 23 told council the golf course had revenue of $120,000 in April 2019 compared to $5,000 this year.
"We’re hoping to get more people out on the course as restrictions are lifted," Wren said.
More money will come in when leagues begin playing, he said. The leagues normally start in May.
Wren said the tee times, which are scheduled every 16 minutes, are filling up.
"[April 20] was highly successful," said Mayor John Pribonic. "We upped our monitoring process and made a high standard to make sure everyone was safe with one player per cart, social distancing and monitoring constantly that we’re practicing what we preach."
The city relies on the governor and local health department’s expertise and established special rules for players such as:
• 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; and
• Everyone must have a tee time to play. No walk-up play.
The clubhouse, driving range and putting green will remain closed. Players should not arrive more than 10 minutes before their scheduled tee times or they should wait in their cars. No congregating in groups.
Walking is encouraged and no more than one rider is allowed per cart unless the riders are 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 will be sold. No alcohol is permitted on the premises.
Tee times and prices can be found on its website at www.foxdengc.com or by calling 330-673-3443.
The new rules appear to be working, Pribonic said.
"Everyone seems anxious to get out but we want to do it in a responsible manner and so far it’s going well," Pribonic said. "The course looks great. When we were talking about something to look forward to, this was one thing as long as people who play the course abide by the rules. So far, so good."
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