Longshore Golf Course is scheduled to open on May 15th 2020, with a detailed list of rules put in place in response to the current pandemic. Some of the new rules the course has implemented to support social distancing include the removal of flag sticks, ball washers, golf carts, and in person paying to eliminate contact with others. With these rules in place, Longshore offers a nice way to get outside and have fun during these difficult times.
“I go to Longshore a few times a week to walk and ride my bike, so opening the course for golf doesn’t really matter to me. Because the beach is closed, it's the next best place to go to get out the house, '' Annie Bowens ’20 said.
While Longshore has been used as a park thus far during quarantine, players can look forward to getting out and swinging for the first time in a while.
“I’m really excited for Longshore to open back up. Golf is what I’ve missed most during the quarantine and I can’t wait to start playing again” Jake DesMarteau ’20 said, a senior on the Staples golf team.
Golf itself does not pose any serious health risks in regards to transmitting and transferring germs from one person to another since it is an individual sport that allows you to comfortably remain more than six feet apart from one another at all times. Longshore has taken initiative to open the course to the public with strict restrictions and guidelines in place to further ensure social distancing.