What do you get when you combine good weather, social distancing and a lack of recreation activities during a pandemic? A scarcity of tee times.
Local golf courses are being forced to turn away golfers as there simply aren’t enough tee times to meet the demand these days.
At Tsawwassen Springs, which re-opened on May 1 and has been solidly booked since then, you won’t find a tee time before 6 or 7 p.m. for the next few days.
The pro shop reports calls have been coming in “fast and furious” but the course simply doesn’t have any available slots after going from nine-minute to 12-minute intervals in order to increase distancing between groups, one of several safety measures that have been implemented.
It’s equally tough to find a tee time at the Links at Hampton Cove. The pro shop reports the nine-hole Ladner course, which re-opened on April 21 with a list of safety protocols, is completely booked up.
A pro shop employee said there’s the occasional cancellation so a foursome could get lucky and get a tee time, but otherwise it’s a case of booking a week or two in advance.
Kings Links by the Sea, which re-opened in late April for members and guests, is now open to the public, but only on Thursdays.
Bald Eagle Golf Club in Point Roberts remains closed as the temporary ban on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border has prevented Canadians from accessing the course.
All courses that are open are taking measures to keep players safe, from filling the holes with sand to avoid having to touch the flag to removing rakes in bunkers and banning power carts.