While COVID-19 has led to closure of recreational facilities across the city, Delta golf courses remain open and business appears to be brisk.
That certainly was the case on Sunday afternoon with parking lots near capacity and golfers taking advantage of ideal early spring weather.
Kings Links by the Sea in Ladner has put a number of COVID-19 preventive measures in place. Power and pull carts are not available. Rakes have been removed from bunkers and ball washers from tee boxes as well. The range is closed and the dining room offers only takeout with reduced hours.
Still, the links layout near Boundary Bay was thriving, with new customers coming from elsewhere including Vancouver where all city-operated courses are now closed. Monday tee times were already scarce.
To further enhance social distancing, The Links at Hampton Cove is offering limited tee times on its executive size course to avoid clusters of people in the parking lot and pro shop area. Similar safety measures to Kings Links are also in place and players are also being asked to leave the flag in each hole.
The Delta Golf Club and the adjacent Delta Practice Centre remain open while Tsawwassen Springs is also in operation, including the range.
Meanwhile, self-quarantine and the border closure for non-essential travel has resulted in the temporary closure of the Bald Eagle Golf Club in Point Roberts.
“Our unique location and reliance on the Canadian market has made us take the unfortunate step to temporarily close the golf course until the situation alter course. We apologize to all our loyal customers and will be open as soon as possible,” said a statement on the club’s website.
On the private side, Beach Grove Golf Club’s par-71 course remains open for its members.