What We're Doing About COVID-19

At WestRidge Golf Course, we take the health and safety of our guests and members very seriously. With our comprehensive plan in place, we feel that golf can remain a safe haven of outdoor activity and mental stimulation.

Golf represents a very healthy option for citizens to get sunlight, exercise, and mental stimulation safely, if done right. We have worked closely with the NGCOA (National Golf Course Owners Association) and the PGA of America as well as our former colleagues at the largest management companies to come up with comprehensive “best practices” to keep everyone safe. We have moved quickly and aggressively to create an operation that can protect our employees and guests while continuing to provide what we feel is a crucial mental health and physical fitness option for our community.

Here are the things we are doing currently:   


Check In

Our golf shop is now open for check in
A maximum of 5 people will be allowed in the golf shop at anytime

Areas will be designated for guests to stand ensure social distancing

Our golf shop staff will be behind shields and wearing gloves

We hope you can help us streamline the check in process by submitting only one payment per group whenever possible

Please don't show up too early for your round, there is limited space available on the driving range and practice greens and standing and waiting will not be permitted

Driving Range

Our driving range is open
Stalls and mats will be spaced 10’ to 12’ apart to ensure social distancing

No waiting is allowed, if there are no spots available you must either wait in your car for a spot to open or come back at another time
Range baskets will be controlled by our golf shop staff and disinfected after each use

Range balls will be thoroughly cleaned after each use

Practice Putting and Chipping Greens

Our practice putting green and chipping green are open
A maximum of 8 people will be allowed to use the putting green at any one time

A maximum of 4 people will be allowed to use the chipping greens and practice bunker at any given time

The maximum time allowed on either the putting or chipping green is 20 minutes

No waiting is allowed, if there are no spots available you must either wait in your car for a spot to open or come back at another time

Please bring your own golf balls from use on the practice putting and chipping green, use of range balls in this area will not be permitted

On the Course

Water coolers, rakes, and other commonly handled objects have been removed from the golf course
We have modified our cups so that golfers can retrieve their golf ball without actually touching the cups itself or the flag - making it a "no touch" experience

Staff will be making regularly laps around the course to enforce social distancing policies

The last tee time of the day where riding carts will be allowed is 6:30PM, golfers may walk after 6:30PM but no carts will be issued. As you can imagine our staff has a number of extra duties to perform to ensure everyone’s safety and prepare for the next day, we appreciate your understanding and we will lift this restriction as soon as is practical

Golf Carts

We have created a walking incentive where golfers are given a free beverage if they choose to walk rather than ride
We have a number of walking carts that are available to our guests at no charge if they don’t have the needed equipment to walk

To comply with the direction from Governor Abbott we have a 1 cart, 1 rider, 1 bag rule in effect

Golfers who reside in the same household are allowed to ride together; you may be asked for verification such as an official state ID or sealed piece of mail for each golfer at the same address

In order to provide as much access to the course and to riding carts, we will allow one cart for every two players. This means one of every two players must walk the entire round. You will not be allowed to alternate walking and riding

Anyone who has a handicap placard for their car, a handicap id, or a note from a physician saying they are unable to walk is offered their own individual cart

Anyone violating our cart policy is asked to leave the property

Golf carts are thoroughly wiped down after each round. This includes the steering wheel, seat, bag strap, and side handles with disinfecting wipes or spray
Cart staff are wearing protective gloves and changing them throughout the day

Food & Beverage

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The WestRidge Grill is now open with limited seating to comply with current guidelines from the governor
The front patio will be available with limited seating. The pavilion will remain closed 
You will be able to sit inside, watch TV, and order food and drinks in a walk-up service setting 
Our staff will be wearing gloves and operating behind a sneeze guard. Please understand this is not because of anyone being ill - this is for you safety, and our employees' safety. 
We will be using disposable plates and silverware during this time 

Beverage carts will be on the course during peak play times

Post Round

We ask that golf carts be returned to a specific area after your round
Carts are cleaned and disinfected by our staff. A card is placed on the steering wheel letting our staff know which carts have been cleaned and which still need to be cleaned
Guests are encouraged to remove and dispose of as much of their own trash as possible to reduce the items our staff must come in contact with
Cart staff are wearing gloves when disposing of trash and cleaning carts

Staff

We have instructed all staff members who feel ill to stay home. We have a paid sick leave policy in place. 
Any staff member who wishes to wear a mask or face covering has been encouraged to do so, please understand this is a personal choice and not a sign that a staff member who chooses to wear a facemask has any sort of illness. We require some staff members to wear a face mask or covering due to the amount of interaction that is required
We encourage staff to eat well, stay hydrated and well-rested, and quickly report if they are not feeling well
We are reading daily CDC and WHO best practices and communicating to all employees

Communication

We are communicating nearly every day with our guests letting them know of these steps and others we develop. This includes emails to our entire customer database as well as specifically to golfers playing the next day. We feel this is key to the golfers compliance with these changes, golfers want their activity to remain available we just need to inform them what is required.


We believe we are at the forefront of what is required to keep this vital activity available to our community. As long as we are open we intend to continue to look for more and more ways to make this “new normal” as seamless as possible for golfers while maintaining and improving safety measures. All evidence seems to show that COVID-19 does not like sun and heat, golf is an activity where you can spend hours out in the sun, heat, and fresh air, with even more structured social distancing than a public park as only a few people can be on a golf hole at a time. Most golf holes are 150 to 550 yards long so it’s nearly impossible for more than 4 people to be with a few hundred yards of anyone else at any given time.

We believe we are leaders in how this can be done and we hope we can demonstrate a path forward that is acceptable to all on how to keep this resource available for our community.