When the recently renovated Memorial Park Golf Course reopens for play Monday, golfers will not be allowed to share carts and also will be asked to leave the flagsticks in the holes while they play. There will be a BYOW policy, too, as in bring your own water.
The City of Houston has outlined a series of reopening guidelines, both for playing and for booking tee times, on its municipal golf website, houstonmunigolf.com. The new rules apply to the course at Memorial Park and Sharpstown Golf Course, which also is reopening Monday, and are aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19, the contagious disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Because there will be a limit of one golf cart per player to encourage social distancing, the city said the courses could temporarily run out of carts by 10:30 a.m. Tee times also will be spaced out more than before, with 10 minutes in between them.
There will be no water stations on the courses, so players are encouraged to bring their own, although beverage carts will be operating.
The city also has amended its weekend booking policy for the popular Memorial Park Golf Course, which was closed for renovations for much of 2019 and is slated to host the PGA Tour’s Houston Open later this year. Tee times for Friday, Saturday and Sunday must be booked online ahead of time — starting at 6 a.m. three days beforehand — and golfers must prepay to make those reservations.
Memorial Park golfers also can book tee times between four and 30 days ahead of time by paying an additional fee of $15.
Not including the advance tee time fee, the weekend rates for Memorial Park Golf Course will be $38 for walkers or $49 for riders until 2:50 p.m. From 3 p.m. until close, it will be $28 for walking and $36 for riding.
Some of the COVID-19 safety guidelines that will be implemented are as follows:
Maintain at least 6 feet of space between playing partners and golf course staff at all times.
Maximum 4 players in a group.
Bulk scorecards/pencils removed from counters (scorecards issued upon request, supply your own pencil)
Single player/rider per cart, unless residing in the same household.
Extra effort is being taken to sanitize riding and push carts, but please supplement sanitizing with your own disinfectants.
Also, for the safety of staff, please remove all trash from electric carts and push carts, after use.
While on the course, please leave the flagstick in, do not share clubs, and abandon the traditional post-round handshake.
No refunds or returns on pro shop merchandise.
Please observe social distancing at the driving range and practice greens.
For a complete list of safety protocols as well as more information on booking tee times, visit houstonmunigolf.com.