WEST DOVER — Mount Snow Golf Club usually opens in May but the coronavirus pandemic has pushed it back to today.
"We are practicing all health and safety guidelines to keep our employees, members, and guests safe," Mat Conroy, director of golf and resort services, wrote in a letter to guests. "When you arrive, the experience will feel a bit different than past years as we adjust to the new COVID-19 world we are living in. During your visit, we can assure you that our team of professionals at Mount Snow are committed to providing exceptional and safe golf experiences to our valued members and guests while adhering to all federal, state and local guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency.
The golf course will follow Gov. Phil Scott's state-of-emergency order and limit service to those who live in Vermont or meet quarantine requirements for out-of-state guests. The most up-to-date information can be found at healthvermont.gov.
The course also is following recommendations from the Club Managers Association of America, Professional Golfers' Association of America and Golf Course Superintendents Association.
An update on other summer operations offered by the ski resort is expected soon.
"We know Mount Snow holds a special place in both our local and out-of-state guests' hearts and we've been fielding calls from many of them asking when they can return to the mountain," Jamie Storrs, spokesman for the resort, told the Reformer. "As we've seen across the state, opportunities to recreate in the outdoors, in an inherently socially distant manner, have been popular, so we expect to see many familiar faces this summer."
Guests will be asked to leave promptly after playing their round. Walk-ins will not be permitted at this time.
Tee times will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The course will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays during June. It usually has a scaled-back operation when first reopening.
Guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their tee time and to allow for additional spacing between vehicles when parking. Socializing in the parking lot is prohibited.
Staff members are expected to wear masks. Masks will be required for everyone in and around the clubhouse. A distance of 6 feet between people must be kept at all times. Restrooms will be cleaned more frequently.
Walking is encouraged but carts will be available and sanitized between uses. Carts will be limited to one person unless players are all from the same household.
The putting green will be available with 6-feet distancing enforced. But the driving range, storage area and locker room will remain closed for now.
Ball washers, bunker rakes, and water stations will not be offered on the course. Scorecards, pencils, and tees are available upon request.
All common areas, the clubhouse and on-course restrooms are going to be cleaned and disinfected each hour of operation.
"We care immensely about the safety and well being of our members, guests and staff," Conroy wrote after explaining all the ways in which the course will be different this summer. "Thank you again for your patience and understanding, we are all looking forward to seeing you this summer."
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