Social distancing is still in effect at area courses, and leagues and tournaments are still mostly on hiatus.
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LAKELAND — Like the rest of the state, local golf courses are playing it safe and by the regulations when it comes to larger gatherings.
That means any tournaments and larger leagues are still on hiatus until further notice.
There are still smaller leagues being played on both local and private golf courses, but tee times are spread out to keep everyone as safe as possible.
"We're not enticing larger groups, and the only tournament on our calendar is a men's golf event on June 13, and that's tentative," said Ryan Roberts, the general manager of The Club at Eaglebrooke. "We don't want a large group of people gathering together when we do announcements. We're still doing one rider per cart, and waiting on people to be a little more comfortable."
Eaglebrooke has about 65 carts in use on any given day, but limiting one cart per person is what's hurting them more than any snowbirds that might have returned home or other loss of players.
Roberts said that instead of getting 130 players out on the course using two people a cart, his employees are having to strategically book tee times to make sure they have enough carts for members that are continuing their private leagues or just recreational play.
"We've been busy and it's been good," Roberts said. "We're thankful we've been able to stay open and we're doing everything we can to keep people safe."
Over at Cleveland Heights, which was able to reopen last week, business has been brisk, but general manager Brock Witmyer said the shutdown hurt the course in a major way financially.
Witmyer said before the shutdown the club was up $160,000, but while they were shutdown between March 24 and April 30, he estimated the club lost about $200,000 in revenue.
Golf-starved citizens are at least helping to bring some money back to the course as a good weather weekend and the reopening helped Cleveland Heights put up 200 rounds on Saturday and around 250 on Sunday.
While Cleveland Heights doesn't have a lot of big leagues that play, the smaller leagues they have are taking up tee times and average about 30-40 golfers per league.
"It just depends on the day," Witmyer said. "On Thursdays we would have our Mosaic and Publix golf leagues where we would run 140 golfers on all three courses, right now they're postponed. We're just making tee times here and there with guys that want to play.
"Everybody's doing what they're supposed to be doing. People are happy and they're out playing golf. It's good to see."
Over at Big Cypress Golf Club, a semi-private and public golf course, league play is also mostly reserved for members as the club still isn't open to the public.
Pro Shop manager Heidi Aittama said the club has never really offered outside league play to the public, but they do have member leagues on Tuesday for the ladies and Thursday for the men.
Aittama said that the shutdown has kept some snowbirds in the community longer as they don't want to return to a state that might not have its golf courses open.
"It's been nice to have them here a little bit longer," Aittama said.
Big Cypress has about 30 carts available, so the club is looking at ways to get more players on the course.
Opening back up to the public is one way, but balancing safety with that option is tricky.
"Our general manager and the staff have had a few talks about revisiting (opening back up) in a week or so, but our restaurant is still closed," Aittama said. "We are looking into putting up (vinyl) partitions in between players in the golf carts so you can put two people to a cart. We might give that a go and see what happens."
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