Area golf courses doing brisk business

Golfing during the coronavirus pandemic remains one of the few things people who want to be active can do while maintaining a social/physical distance from others.

All of the area golf courses have kept a steady flow of business since the weather has turned nice, but with restrictions.

“I’ve seen some new memberships because of this, which is exciting for us,” Hampton Country Club manager Julia Schall said. “There is nothing else to do, might as well golf. The course is absolutely beautiful, the grounds crew does a wonderful job.”

Mariah Miller at Ridge Stone Golf Course in Sheffield added, “Honestly, we are doing very well. We have people coming from Mason City and Clear Lake. Otherwise, there is not a lot to do right now with the way the world is going. It is nice to be outside and it’s awesome that we’re staying busy.”

Ackley Country Club has gone a step further with assuring people are keeping to distance rules.

“We’re doing pretty good with these nice days finally, getting nice days in,” Ackley Country Club manager Cameo Moet said. “We do have people sign a coronavirus waiver when they come in to golf. It states that they are aware of the pandemic and for social distancing. We do advise people to have not more than one person in the golf cart, with the exception of being in the same household. It’s more difficult now with our league that has started up just yesterday (Tuesday, May 5). We remind them to not touch stuff out there, but people have been very understanding. We are doing pretty good; the golf course is looking good.”

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