Canyon Lake golf course reopens

Canyon Lake’s golf course reopens tomorrow with restrictions that include players wearing face coverings and maintaining at least six feet distance from each other. Canyon Lake Insider file photo.

On April 20, Riverside County released revisions to its COVID-19 orders on golf course closures, allowing private and public golf courses in Riverside County to reopen with restrictions. The City of Canyon Lake followed suit and amended its order to allow Canyon Lake’s golf course to reopen under the same limitations directed by the county.

The POA announced today that the golf course will reopen tomorrow, April 24, with the following restrictions:

  • No more than one person may use or be present within a golf cart at any time (including family members). This is required by the county revisions.
  • All persons who do not reside in the same household must maintain at least six feet distance from each other at all times.
  • All persons shall wear face coverings such as scarves (dense fabric without holes), bandanas, neck gaiter, or other fabric face coverings.

The county, city, and POA Community Patrol staff will be closely monitoring these facilities and the public’s compliance with these new regulations. 

Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by law and could incur civil penalties of up to $1,000. Additionally, any person found not complying with these requirements will be banned from the golf course for 30 days.

The Golf Shop will be taking the following measures:

  • Frequent cleaning/sanitizing of high touch areas in all areas of the course and shop.
  • Create social distancing opportunities in the Golf Shop by limiting the number of customers in the shop at one time, creating customer line spots on the ground that are six feet apart, and creating a one-way flow of customer traffic.
  • Annual golf members may bypass check-in at the Golf Shop and check-in with the starter five minutes before their tee time.
  • Staff will be wearing both disposable gloves and masks.
  • Single play will be encouraged and golfers will no longer be forced to pair together.
  • Golf carts will be spaced out to accommodate appropriate social distancing.
  • Removed all common-use items such as tees, scorecards, pencils, ball markers, etc.
  • All flagsticks and cups have either been removed or turned upside down.
  • Bunker rakes have been removed; players are encouraged to foot-rake after any shot to provide a better lie for the next player coming through.

The practice facility will open; however, players will be set up at every other spot to accommodate proper social distancing. Staff will provide balls placed on the ground in a designated spot to avoid people touching baskets and other areas.

Private single instruction golf lessons will also resume, with instructors providing a ten-foot social distance at all times during instruction. No group lessons will be taught.


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