TWINSBURG — Golfers will once again be able to play a round at Gleneagles Golf Course, with precautions in place. Also, tennis and pickleball enthusiasts will be free to play, but the city’s summer camps have been canceled and playgrounds remain closed.
The city-owned golf course has been closed since mid-March due to concerns about the COVID-10 pandemic.
Twinsburg Mayor Ted Yates announced Tuesday that Gleneagles and the courts will reopen May 1.
However, the return of golf to Gleneagles means casual walking will no longer be allowed there.
"I know it will be tough for our residents to stop walking/using the cart paths, but everyone knew this day would come," Yates said.
Things won’t be so convenient for golfers either, as on-course restrooms will be closed and players will have to follow safety precautions. While a snack bar for carry-out will be open, with limited options for purchase, sit-down areas in the restaurant and patio will remain closed.
Hand sanitizer is on-hand for golfers and staff and there will be a one rider per cart policy, although members of the same household may share a cart.
Golfers will have to make a few adjustments to their game as well: bunker rakes and ball washers have been removed, cups have been modified with inserts to avoid the need to touch holes and flagsticks must remain in their cups.
Tee times are required to play; call 330-425-3334 or visit www.gleneaglesgc.com to book times.
Tee times will be spread out to help maintain proper 6 foot or more social distancing. The golf shop will be open, limited to six customers at a time. The door located on the north side, or pro shop side, of the building will be the only door unlocked. Red tape on the ground outside and inside the pro shop will demonstrate the proper minimum of 6 feet of space between people while customers wait.
In addition to the golf course, the two tennis courts at Glenn Chamberlin Park and three of the Pickleball Courts at Glenmeadow Park also will open May 1, Yates said. No one will be allowed on the courts except players, with a maximum of 10 people outside the courts waiting to play. Yates said that players should sanitize all equipment before and after playing, "and take all precautions to maintain social distancing."
"There is still an order from the governor to keep pools and playgrounds closed," Yates said. "I hope we get some direction on opening these activities in the near future."
Recreational activities for younger people remain curtailed, as Yates said that the city’s summer camps are being canceled.
"We have approximately 200 campers each day, and with that large of a number, social distancing just isn’t possible," Yates said Tuesday.
"Some of the field trip locations will not be able to accommodate a camp this size under new regulations, while other locations are unsure of when, or if, they are reopening," he added. "The use of school buses is also extremely limited, as we would have to go down to one child-per-seat and every other row. Ultimately, the safety and health of campers and staff were our deciding factors.
"There is just no way that we could provide a safe, happy, playful camp while social distancing and with so many planned activities and events removed from the schedule."
If things change, Yates added, the city "can always look to plan something for the kids dependent on staffing levels and safety requirements."
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