With the rise in Omicron cases sweeping across the United States, many of us are planning ahead in anticipation of another lockdown. Schools and workplaces are increasingly returning to remote meetings, and we are all having to think about minimizing risk to ourselves and others as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on. This may mean putting a pause on some activities that present a higher risk of exposure. However, there are still plenty of things you can do while still staying safe.

Golf in particular is a great hobby to pursue amid these challenging times because it is the ultimate social distancing sport. Not only is golf played outdoors, but it is easy to play alone or with a small, socially distanced group. Though country clubs and courses may have to alter their policies to adhere to COVID guidelines, playing golf during COVID should be relatively similar to playing golf any other time. Here are our tips for enjoying a round of golf safely during this stage of the pandemic.

Little things you can do that make a big difference

Depending on your play style, you may have to make some adjustments to your habits on the golf course in order to diminish the risk of contracting or spreading COVID. Whether you choose to play in small groups or alone, driving alone to the course will help reduce your exposure to germs from other players. If you need to carpool, wear a mask during the ride. Also, disinfecting the car afterwards will help keep you and your passengers safe.

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Once you arrive at the course, remaining socially distanced during the game will also help protect you from the spread of viral infection. If you feel compelled to congratulate a fellow player, we suggest sticking to non-contact celebrations for the time being. During the Omicron wave, it makes more sense to skip the rentals and use your own gear. And leaving the flag in the hole is another way to minimize your interaction.

Play through

With the right precautions, playing golf during COVID should be a relatively harmless experience. Between outdoor air circulation and ample space for social distancing, you can agree to another round of golf with the confidence that you will likely remain safe and unexposed throughout the experience.

Before you take a trip down to the nearest golf course, however, check the club rules and policies. Things may have changed in the wake of COVID-19, and an understanding of the club’s policies will inform you of what to bring and expected conduct on the course. Furthermore, you don’t want to play at a country club that doesn’t value health and safety as much as you do. At Calabasas Country Club, we want to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our patrons. Visit our site to learn more about how our club continues to provide top notch service throughout the pandemic.

Challenging golf course with speedy greens. Great restaurant and bar, and the outdoor patio is perfect for hanging out.

— Sean O.

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