With more and more places shutting down, golf is still an option if you are a member of the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. However, club president Arch Trimble said changes have been made in order to ensure the safety of all who partake in the activity.
“We feel like we want to stay open as long as it is reasonably safe,” said Mr. Trimble. “But we’ve never been through anything like this before.”
The clubhouse has been closed, and only essential staff work at the course. He said that when it comes to dining, there is only curbside food available for patrons.
He also said that there is only one person allowed per golf cart, which means that if the traditional four people are golfing together, each person must use their own cart. The only exception to this rule is for family members or people who live with one another.
The president said each golf cart is also wiped down and cleaned before and after each use. He said that the members of the club did not have a problem with these kinds of precautions or rules being put in place. “As bare bones as it can get” was how Mr. Trimble described how the club was being operated.
While he did say the activity around the club is down “a little bit,” people were still out golfing. As Mr. Trimble said “There is nobody congregating, and people want to get out and exercise.”
Mr. Trimble wanted to be clear that they were listening to state and government officials as well. If the authorities were to say the club needs to close and cease operations, or if club-goers felt unsafe, then he said the club would comply and close immediately.