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By David Pan 

Players swing away at Harbour Pointe

Golfers rush to book tee times at Mukilteo course

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 102

Last updated 5/13/2020 at 4:29pm

Photo courtesy of Harbour Pointe Golf Club

The Harbour Pointe Golf Club reopened for business on Tuesday, May 5.

It didn't take long for the word to get out.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that golf courses throughout the state would be allowed to reopen Tuesday, May 5.

The Harbour Pointe Golf Club was booked solid for the first three days of operation.

"Once Gov. Inslee gave the green light, our phones haven't stopped ringing," Harbour Pointe general manager Shawn Beattie said.

Many golfers actually went online to schedule their tee times, since staff was out maintaining the course rather than answering phones.

But with more employees returning to work, phone calls are now being answered.

"People figured out a way. They booked online," Beattie said.

The Harbour Pointe staff is eager to reopen following a six-week closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're very excited. People are excited to have some normalcy back in their life," Beattie said. "They're excited to be able to see friends and go play some golf."

Golf courses have to follow a number of COVID-19-specific safety practices. To limit interactions with staff, golfers must use online or the phone to prepay fees, and payments are limited to credit cards to avoid the handling of cash. Golf courses must maintain a log of all customers, including contact information. Club and equipment rentals are discontinued.

At the golf club's discretion, foursomes are allowed if they are from the same household. Otherwise, no more than two people from separate households are allowed per tee time. Golf carts are restricted to one rider unless a minor is playing. Golf course personnel must monitor the course to ensure physical distancing among players, and courses are directed to increase hand-sanitizing stations throughout the club area and check-in areas.

"If you're not feeling well, please stay at home," Beattie added. "Avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth. Don't touch any flags. Keep your hands to yourself."

Harbour Pointe Golf had a staff of about 40 before shutting down in March. During the closure, four employees maintained the course.

"We kept the course in good shape. We were mowing almost every single day," Beattie said.

The goal was to have the course ready to go when the state restrictions were lifted.

The club had about 20 employees to start out the week. The food and beverage wing of the club will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tee times start at 6 a.m. and the golf shop will close at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the Harbour Pointe Golf Club go to https://www.harbourpointegolf.com

 

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