Greetings Golfers,

What a week!

Obviously, everyone and every business has to be careful and smart.

Golf courses are open in some states … and closed in others. Not to be self-serving, but I could see golf clubs close their clubhouses, yet keep their courses open. It would be easy to maintain a safe distance while playing golf … and keeping the flagstick in the hole and giving 3 foot putts would eliminate most of the risk. Courses could disinfect the carts and people could ride solo or walk. Set-up payment at a table outside … and another table for canned beverages, etc.

People need something to do … and people need fresh air. Golf could be a very good thing during this crisis.

And golf is a good thing, not just during a crisis. My favorite golf course architect – Alister MacKenzie – was a former doctor. MacKenzie claimed that he did more good for people as a golf course architect than as a doctor.

Here’s a quote from the great man “One of the reasons why I, ‘a medical man’ decided to give up medicine was a firm conviction of the extraordinary influence on health of pleasurable excitement, especially combined with fresh air and exercise. How frequently have I, with great difficulty, persuaded patients who were never off my doorsteps to take up golf, and how rarely, if ever, I have seen them in my consulting room again.”

These are not normal times. We all need to be cautious and considerate and aware of what is going on.

Take care,

Tom Abts
GM/Head PGA Professional

Deer Run Golf Club
8661 Deer Run Drive
Victoria, MN 55386
(952) 443-2351