Local golf courses adjust to coronavirus precautions

  • Mike Silipo tees off on No. 1 on opening day at the Country Club of Greenfield on Friday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mike Archer, left, and his son Dylan Archer, 14, finish up on the No. 18 green on opening day at the Country Club of Greenfield on Friday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Steve Jones, left, and Eric Adams, walk through a light rain down No. 17 on opening day at the Country Club of Greenfield on Friday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Jack Burke putts on the No. 18 green on opening day at the Country Club of Greenfield on Friday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • The Country Club of Greenfield clubhouse on Friday afternoon at 244 Country Club Rd in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • The Country Club of Greenfield on Friday afternoon at 244 Country Club Rd in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 3/20/2020 6:01:14 PM
Modified: 3/20/2020 6:47:02 PM

The COVID-19 outbreak is causing multiple businesses to shut down, with some local golf courses opening but taking precautions to keep members safe. 

The Country Club of Greenfield opened to members only on Friday, allowing people out on the course but still taking precautions regarding the virus. 

“We will be taking many measures to abide by CDC regulations and social distancing,” head pro Kevin Piecuch said. “This is obviously a very fluid situation and can change by the minute.”

CCG is taking it one step at a time, waiting to see what happens in the coming days and weeks to see if it will allow non-members on the course. 

The Crumpin-Fox Golf and Country Club in Bernardston opened its driving range on Friday, spacing out each stations six feet apart. 

The club was planning to open its course to walking-only next week, but due to projected snow on Monday, that has been pushed back to a date yet to be determined. 

“This would be incredibly early for it to be open any year,” head pro Jamie Ballard said. “We know everyone is champing at the bit to get out there. We’re trying to do everything we can do.”

Unless the state closes them down, Crumpin-Fox will keep its driving range open. 

The Ellinwood Country Club in Athol is hoping to open Saturday, March 28. 

Weather permitted, the club is looking to give an outlet to the community while also making sure they’re following all guidelines issued by the state. 

“We’re following all the local and state restrictions and trying to make sure we meet all those while seeing if we can get the course open to members,” board representative David King said. “We’re doing everything we need to do.” 

Like many businesses, Ellinwood is trying to find a balance between business and public safety. The club is hoping to open the course, but other areas of Ellinwood won’t be opened up. 

“We’re always trying to meet the public needs and also be financially and socially responsible,” King said. “If we can do everything asked of us while also providing an opportunity for people in the area to provide an outlet. For us, right now, we’ll be able to provide golf opportunities but we’re limited in what else we can do.” 

“The course is in decent shape, we’re bringing back staff on Monday,” he continued. “Snow coming in on Monday but weather looks decent for the rest of the week and the weekend. We’re making sure we meet any state and local guidelines that are being asked upon us. Besides that, we’re trying to get the course open as soon as possible. The golf industry is a tough one so the more you can be open and accessible the better.” 

The Northfield Golf Club in Northfield, which was scheduled to open this week, has been postponed until early April. Edge Hill Golf Club in Ashfield is hoping to open on either April 3 or April 4. 


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