It's golf season, almost and spring conditions have golfers eyeing the greening Wellview golf course eagerly. With a brand-new clubhouse, it has become a destination for more than golfing but with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the president of Wellview, Graham Freeman isn’t promising anything.
However, in an interview he says, “There seems to be optimism that Golf is a unique enough activity that social distancing measures can be met, while allowing people to be active, and maybe offer them a break from the restrictions and stress that is our reality in the COVID-19 era.”
If current spring conditions persist, Wellview’s rolling swales and stream should not have excess water issues, but it’s the COVID-19 health restrictions that will dictate the course’s opening day. “We are currently mandated by the Province of Manitoba Health order to remain closed until further notice.”
Freeman is monitoring the situation daily and has been in close contact with Golf Manitoba’s governing bodies to be apprised of new guidelines that will need to be put into place province-wide for golf course operation.
He says the facility will open once the course itself is ready and when government approval is issued. Even then there will be new rules and restrictions for the club in accordance with social distancing policies and enforcement on sanitization. The clubhouse restaurant is currently closed and will remain so until the 50-person limit is lifted.
“Initially, we will hope to be able to offer golf, snacks and beverages [course take-out only] and washroom facility usage.”
He states that the club is committed to keep members’ and guests’ safety as a priority, but assures, “The Virden Wellview Golf Club is eager to see everyone back at our club as soon as possible.”