River Spirit Golf Club’s Response to COVID-19


The current COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation that’s impacting every single one of us, in one way or another. We want to be able to offer our facilities at River Spirit Golf Club as an escape, a change of scenery, one of the few places people can go while keeping themselves safe and doing something they love.

River Spirit Golf Club is the perfect place to do that. The game of golf does not require any close contact, which means social distancing is still possible. On top of that, getting fresh air and exercise is invaluable to both mental and physical health during a time when we are limiting our movements.

We will be encouraging a no-touch game of golf this season. Instead of a handshake or a high-five after a good shot, how about a nod with some eye contact or even a bow?

Rakes for the bunkers will be removed and cups will be put in upside-down. This way, pins can be left in while putting. With this new arrangement, we encourage you discuss with your fellow players as to what will be considered holed (balls may bounce off the pin and not stay in the hole). It may not be the game that you’re used to, but it’s still golf!

While carts will be available, we’re encouraging guests to walk if they are able. This will reduce the risk of contamination while allowing guests to get in some exercise! Carts will be disinfected between uses. They will be one rider at a time unless two players arrive in the same car – they would be permitted to share a cart. We are also recommending that guests only handle their own golf equipment and avoid touching their faces with their gloved hands – it is still possible for germs to spread on gloves.

Safety is our number one priority when it comes to our guests and our staff. COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and we will be adjusting our operations at River Spirit Golf Club to minimize the risk of spread.

Booking

  • Tee times will be available from 8am to 5pm
  • Tee times can be booked online or over the phone with the proshop: (403) 246-4776 ext. 1
  • Tee times will be booked at 12 minute interval

Arrival

  • Upon arrival at River Spirit, we will only be allowing those with a previously booked tee time onto the premises
  • We will not be allowing walk-ons at this time
  • There will be an attendant at the front gate to greet you and confirm that you have a tee time booked
  • Once your booking has been confirmed, we will ask that you proceed to the check-in station in the parking lot
  • Players will only be allowed in 15 minutes prior to their tee time
  • If someone shows up with more than 15 minutes to their tee time, they will be asked to wait

Check-in

  • There is a drive through station in the parking lot where you will stop and check in with proshop staff
  • If you have not paid online, you will be able to do so at this station
  • Should you need to purchase anything from the proshop (glove, balls, tees) an employee will go inside and retrieve these items from the clubhouse for you
  • Power carts are available. Single rider only unless you are a member of the same household
  • Push carts are available
  • All carts will be sanitized after each use and ready for players to use
  • The Snack Shack will remain open. Players will be able to visit the Snack Shack before heading onto the course
  • The driving range/practice facilities are only open to members at this time

On Course

  • Players are to go directly to their first hole
  • Ball washers have been removed from the course
  • Rakes have been removed from the bunkers. Players may use their own discretion on how to proceed with this
  • Cups will be modified so there will be no need to touch the pin
  • Players are to maintain a 6ft or 2 meter distance from each other
  • Marshalls will be monitoring the course to ensure these procedures are being followed

Other

  • Washrooms will be available at the clubhouse (outside entrance washrooms)
  • Beverage carts are not running
  • In the event of a frost delay or lightning, players will be asked to wait in their cars as we cannot have people in our tent or clubhouse

This is our new normal for the foreseeable future. We hope that these introduced measures and protocols put our members and gusts at ease and makes everyone feel safe coming to River Spirit Golf Club. Despite these uncertain times, we look forward to a great 2020 season!