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Carmel mayor changes mind, golf courses can stay open

But strict social distancing rules are in force
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Posted at 8:50 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 20:50:39-04

Carmel -- The mayor of Carmel has changed in his mind. One day after closing golf courses in the Hamilton County city, Jim Brainard says they can reopen, but with some pretty strict rules.

“Fresh air and recreation are even more important to us at this time of social distancing, but viewing social media posts where our social distancing restrictions were clearly being violated made it clear yesterday that action must be taken," said Brainard.

"I spent several hours discussing new guidelines and recommendations that would better ensure a healthier environment for play. I am pleased that we were able to find a way to allow golf courses to open with several adjustments. If we see further violations, we will revisit the closings again."

Courses that are open have agreed to the following protocols:

  • Golf Shop, Clubhouse and all restrooms must be closed
  • Take out service only with no entry into clubhouse by members
  • Walking only; No riding carts or push carts unless they are privately owned
  • No rakes in bunkers
  • Driving range closed
  • On course restrooms closed
  • No tee markers on golf course
  • No water coolers
  • No flagsticks
  • Staff cannot assist with handling bags/clubs
  • Holes must be filled so players don’t reach into hole for ball

City-operated golf courses in Indianapolis remain open, according to a spokesperson for Indy Parks. However, similar restrictions to those in Carmel are also in place.