Golf and Coronavirus: 11 things you should never do when playing golf
The coronavirus has upended the world in a matter of weeks, devouring golf’s 2020 schedule and shuttering golfers indoors as they work-from-home.
Yet playing golf is still very much on the table. Encouraged, even, but only if you take certain straightforward precautions. We have a big list of all the things you should do right here. As for the things you shouldn’t do? Here’s a quick rundown.
1. Don’t share carts
Limiting the use of golf carts has become an increasingly common precaution many golf courses are taking, but if you want or need to take a cart, make sure to wipe it down throughly first, and take it by yourself so you’re not in close proximity to others.
2. Don’t remove the pin
Many courses recommend only touching the pin if you’re wearing gloves, but many others recommend not touching the pin at all. Better safe than sorry; go with the latter.
3. Don’t borrow clubs
Don’t borrow your fellow golfers’ clubs on the course. Now is not the time.
4. Don’t borrow accessories
Clubs is the most obvious one, but it goes for other golf accessories, too. Towels, tees, ball makers, balls. If they’re not yours, don’t touch them.
5. Don’t toss your partner their ball
Gimmies for short-range putts are recommended, but when your putt is deemed ‘good,’ pick up your own ball. Don’t toss your partner their ball.
6. Don’t toss your partner their ball marker
Ditto the above.
7. Don’t exchange cash
With a caddie, with your playing partner, no one. Try Venmo, instead! It’s far more convenient.
8. Don’t shake hands
This is rule No. 1 nowadays. Try a friendly wave instead!
9. Don’t reach into the golf hole
Most golf courses are inverting their golf holes to eliminate this problem altogether, but if you’re playing one that hasn’t inverted its holes, don’t reach into the golf hole to retrieve your ball. Either leave it there, or pick it up before it drops.
10. Don’t rent clubs
This should be obvious. Use your own or none at all.
11. Don’t hang around the clubhouse
For the time being, you’re at the course for golf and nothing else. It won’t be like that forever, but it is for now. Stay safe, and play well!