The City of Toronto’s golf courses officially open on May 16.
According to the city, Dentonia Park, Don Valley, Humber Valley, Scarlett Woods and Tam O’Shanter courses will open Saturday morning, under the guidance of the Medical Officer of Health.
To ensure the City’s golf courses operate safely, both for the benefit of those using the courses and for the general public, the City said it has created guidelines which include details on infection prevention and control measures, including parameters for physical distancing and the cleaning and disinfection of commonly used equipment and surfaces.
“I am pleased we will be opening the City’s golf courses for the 2020 season – it is one of the first steps in opening up parts of our city that have been closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Mayor John Tory in a statement.
“We must ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved from the golfers to the course staff and greenkeepers, is maintained at all times. Golfers have well observed the prohibitions and must keep up the good work and act responsibly as play resumes.”
The City’s golf courses are “affordable, high quality and TTC-accessible.”
To allow for physical distancing, the City’s group lessons and clinics will be offered for a maximum of four people at a time.
FlingGolf is also available at all City courses other than Don Valley.
According to the City of Toronto, “this sporting activity, which combines elements of golf and lacrosse, is played with a FlingStick (rentals available) to hurl a golf ball on the golf course. FlingGolf offers a faster pace of play and is designed to help introduce new players to the game – or to provide a new challenge for the experienced golfer.”
Tee times will start at 7 am and end at dusk, with tee times 12 minutes apart.
Golfers must remain 2 metres (6 feet), or the length of two golf clubs, apart at all times.
Park officials say the long weekend is nearly sold out, but there are still a few slots available on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“They must be booked up to five days in advance through the City’s website or by calling the golf course. People who drop-in or walk-in will not be permitted access to the course. Tee times sell out quickly, so residents are encouraged to book early. Washrooms will be made available in the clubhouses. Pro-shops will be opened to facilitate equipment rentals and contactless debit or credit will be accepted for payment,” states the City.
More information about the City’s golf courses and booking options, including contact information for each course, can be found online.