Golfers can return to the links as West Pines Golf Course is scheduled to reopen Monday.
During a two-hour Douglasville City Council meeting Thursday evening, West Pines General Manager Chris Cartwright presented a reopening plan, which met PGA requirements.
The course has been closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the plans, there will be only one golfer allowed per golf cart, unless there is verification that they live in the same household. Cartwright said the course has a fleet of 72 carts.
There will be staggered tee times and will utilize curbside check-in.
Fees can only be paid with a credit card.
“People are ready to get out of the house and enjoy playing,” Cartwright told council members during the virtual meeting.
To ensure the safety of the golfers, the course will use a new will use a ball retriever installed on all flagsticks to keep customers from reaching into cups.
After each use, carts will be sanitized before being put back into use. Under the plan, a staff member will go over the rules of social distancing and other requirements to use the course.
Staff members will wear gloves and masks and practice social distancing from customers at all times.
Check-in for tee times will be done at the back door of the pro shop where a plexiglass guard will separate golfers from the staff.
“It sounds like you have a great plan, and very detailed plan,” Councilman Mark Adams said of the re-opening plan.
The city is also reopening other facilities to the public Monday including:
• Main entrance of City Hall to allow individuals to make payments.
• Access to the atrium of the Public Safety building to allow access to records department and courts division (for payments only).
• The Douglasville Welcome Center will reopen to the public with access from O’Neal Plaza. The Welcome Center entrance on Veterans Memorial Highway will remain closed.
• The Community Development Building will remain closed to the public as well; however, the city will continue to accept all applications and plan submissions electronically. For those who cannot submit electronically, the department will have a dropbox available in the front of the building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Walking trails and paths at Hunter Park will be open, but social distancing is required. Other areas of the park will remain closed because it is being used as a COVID-19 testing site for Cobb & Douglas Public Health.