A day after a busy weekend playing in ideal early spring conditions, three popular Delta golf destinations have announced they have closed indefinitely.
Beach Grove Golf Club, the city’s lone private course, has shutdown its entire operation. It will remain closed until at least April 15 when members’ safety regarding COVID-19 will be re-evaluated.
Earlier Monday, Kings Links by the Sea in Ladner announced its closure, joining Tsawwassen Springs.
The decision came a day after BC Golf chief executive officer Kris Jonasson endorsed the closure of all BC courses in a letter to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“In this time of major concern throughout our province, country and indeed the global community, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, British Columbia Golf would like to extend our full support in the matter of requesting closure of all play at BC golf courses. While we do not take this decision lightly whatsoever, we realize that in the best interest of all golfers, their families and loves ones, staying away from golf facilities in order to do our part to ‘flatten the curve’ is the most responsible and prudent thing to do.”
Golf is typically an ideal social distance sport with playing groups of no larger than four teeing off in roughly 10-minute intervals. Additional safety measures were also put in place with the removal of rakes and ball washers and no rental equipment available, including pull carts and clubs.
However, the courses needed to be onboard with the closure of recreational facilities and sports courts. Beach Grove attracted over 170 players on Friday and Kings Links was also very busy throughout the weekend with few tee times available.