Golfers enjoy returning to the course


Last updated 5/20/2020 at 8:46am

Eager to sink his putt for birdie, Kevin Tipps waits patiently for Richie Gerard to chip onto the green as A.J. Gerard drives by. (Not sure who the dog is.) Golfers were plentiful on May 8 at Banks Lake Golf Course. - Scott Hunter photo

Having been open for two weeks now, people have been out enjoying the Banks Lake Golf Course. 

On May 5 the state of Washington allowed golf courses to resume play with certain restrictions following a shutdown of courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Manager Jim Keene said that "the good news is the golfers are respecting the social distancing guidelines and appreciating being able to get out." 

"It's mostly local golfers that are golfing," he said. "The fact that the state parks and national parks aren't doing camping is cutting down on the traffic and tourism, so that's impacting some of our golfers that come out." 

He said that the golfers have been patient with some of the new guidelines for golf courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as not taking the flags out of the holes. 

"It's an outlet people have been waiting for," he said about golfing, "and they're upbeat when they're out there." 

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