Miami-Dade County Golf Courses Have Reopened

The Biltmore Golf Course

The Biltmore Golf Course

Trump National Doral Golf Course

Trump National Doral Golf Course

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By: Mathew Ratner

Golf courses in Miami-Dade County have reopened, but with stricter health guidelines from the state Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Here is a list of golf courses that are open, and the new set of rules and regulations patrons and employees must follow while adhering to social distancing guidelines. For more detailed information and to book tee times, please visit each course’s website.

New Rules and Regulations All Patrons and Staff Must Follow

Clubhouse and Check-in

  • Players will be responsible for bringing their golf equipment to a designated area. No clubs or other equipment will be transported by golf course staff.
  • Signage will be placed outside the pro-shop and clubhouse outlining the required social distancing guidelines with masks.
  • All guidelines will be followed to not exceed gathering limits established by local and state authorities.
  • No indoor events will be conducted.
  • Clubhouse entrances will be closed - no public access available.
  • Payment will be made by credit card only at tee time booking or via telephone to insure proper social distancing guidelines are maintained.
  • Staff will always wear masks and gloves.
  • No locker room usage and no bag storage usage. Only golf course rest rooms will be available.
  • Only one person in each rest room at any time will be encouraged, per signage.
  • Each cart and any rental equipment will be cleaned and disinfected prior to players’ use.
  • All sand containers, scorecards, pencils, towels, or other shared materials will be removed from golf carts.
  • Driving-range hitting areas will be spaced at least 10-feet apart.
  • Management reserves the right, at any time, to limit play or close-off sections of the golf course, including the short-game area or driving range, should players not comply with social distancing guidelines described above and/or other recommendations noted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Golf Course Preparation

  • Cup Modifications: a noodle will be used to fill the hole, or the cup will be raised one inch above ground to prevent the ball from going in the hole (prevents flagpole touching).
  • All water stations will be removed.
  • All ball wash units will be removed or locked down.
  • All practice facility bag stands, chairs or other furnishings will be removed.
  • All range-balls will be cleaned with soap and water after every pick-up, prior to making them available for golfers. Baskets will be sanitized after each use.

New Local Rules

  • One player per cart … No exceptions.
  • Rakes in all Bunkers and carts will be removed. USGA suggests golfers play preferred lie and players to “rake” with their feet.
  • Players will be asked not to touch or remove flagstick from the cups at any time (any putts that hit the cup or noodle will be considered holed).
  • All players must always stay at least six feet apart, and a course ranger or other staff member will monitor player compliance on the course. No shotgun starts will be allowed.
  • Walking is allowed while maintaining social distancing requirements.
  • All golfers are required to leave the golf course immediately after playing to prevent congestion and gathering on the property or in the parking lot.

Food and Beverage

  • Local governmental entity guidelines will be followed.
  • Restaurant entry will be closed.
  • No sit-down areas will be allowed for eating.
  • Staff will be required to wear a facemask and gloves.
  • Beverage Cart on the Golf Course
    • Beverage cart staff will always wear a facemask and gloves.
    • Signage will be placed on beverage carts stating that no player will be allowed to touch anything on the beverage cart.
    • Only the cart attendant will distribute items from the cart.
    • Beverage cart attendant will place purchased items on opposite side of the player’s golf cart, to comply with social distancing requirements.
  • For players that are walking, the beverage cart attendant will place the purchased items on the ground and the players will pick it up, to comply with social distancing requirements.
  • In addition to beverages, the cart will offer a limited food menu.
  • Players will be asked to pay with credit card and cart attendant will wipe down the credit card machine after each use.
  • Please note that as a result of the one player per cart rule, and the requirement to sanitize carts after each round, golf cart availability will be limited. Carts will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Players may elect to walk if they do not wish to wait for carts.

Open Golf Courses

Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne

Country Club of Miami (East)

Palmetto Golf Course

Greynolds Golf Course

Miami Beach Golf Club

Normandy Shores Golf Club

Miami Shores Country Club

Miami Springs Golf and Country Club

Shula’s Golf Club

Biltmore Golf Course

Miccosukee Golf and Country Club

Killian Greens Golf Club

Costa del Sol Golf Club

Trump National Doral Golf Courses

Melreese Country Club

Granada Golf Course

Redland Golf and Country Club

Briar Bay Golf Course – Closed for renovations

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