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Tee Time: Wichita To Reopen Two Golf Courses

MacDonald Golf Course will open on Tuesday, along with Auburn Hills Golf Course.

The city of Wichita says it will reopen two golf courses on Tuedsay with rules in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Auburn Hills and MacDonald golf courses will reopen after closing last month. Auburn Hills is near 135th Street West and Maple; MacDonald is at 840 N. Yale.

Golfers will be limited to groups of four and tee times must be booked in advance. There will be no cart rentals or merchandise or concession sales.

Golfers also must use social distancing of six feet or more while playing.

Bloomberg reports that about half of America’s 16,000 courses continue to operate in 34 states. The remaining states have closed courses, citing them as non-essential businesses.

Other guidelines for Wichita’s courses include:

  • Clubhouses are restricted to one golfer at a time
  • No cash payments, only credit or debit cards
  • No use of clubhouse restrooms
  • Tee times must be booked in advance at golfwichita.com or over the phone. No walk-in tee times will be allowed.
  • Tee times will be every 20 minutes
  • Pulling flags from holes will not be allowed
  • Cups on the green have been modified to eliminate the need to remove the ball from the hole
  • There will be no scorecards or pencils; golfers can download the Golf Wichita app to keep score
  • No ball washers, bunker rakes, benches, bag stands or drinking fountains on the course

Tom joined KMUW in 2017 after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle where he held a variety of reporting and editing roles. He also is host of The Range, KMUW’s weekly show about where we live and the people who live here. Tom is a board member of the Public Media Journalists Association, serving as small station representative, a volunteer coach for League 42 and an adjunct instructor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.