Hillview opens Wednesday, Spall opens for members only

Golf season is back!

Fore! ... Golf is returning to Vernon, albeit with pandemic precautions.

Hillview Golf Course and its driving range will open to the public on Wednesday.

"With the recent OK from Dr. Henry the provincial health officer, the golf course and driving range will be open for the season on Wednesday April 15th," the golf course announced.

Golfers will have to follow some extra precautions, however.

They must stay two metres apart, must have a tee time (no drop-ins), no cash (contactless card payment only), and only one person in the pro shop at a time.

As well, there will be no tables or chairs; golfers are asked to "golf and go."

The practice greens are also closed, and there will be no club rentals, pull carts or power carts. Cups will be upside down, and golfers are asked not to touch the flag. There will also be no rakes in the bunkers.

At the driving range, range balls and baskets will be sanitized after each use.

The food and beverage department is closed until further notice.

Meanwhile, Spallumcheen Golf Course has been testing a soft opening, for members only.

Jan Dion in the pro shop says the driving range and clubhouse remain closed, and there are no carts. Tee times have been placed further apart.

"We'll see how everyone behaves before we open up more," she said Tuesday.

Vernon Golf & Country Club remains closed, according to its website, and phones were not answered.

The Rise is scheduled to open this Friday, with similar restrictions in place.

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