While the situation requires some short-term operational changes, the golf course at Highland Park Golf will remain open. Engaging in outdoor activities is still important, but we will require our guests to do their part to help prevent the spread.
Know the Facts. Be Well. Play Golf
We’re Open and the Weather is Perfect for Golf.
Did you Know Fresh Air and Sunshine are Disinfectants? Well, they are and scientific support proves it. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there’s even evidence it can kill the flu virus. When you take into account the beautiful weather we’re having, a day on the course makes sense. Escape the worries of these timesand enjoy the beauty that our courses provide. It’s good for the body and soul.
Golf Can Reduce Stress, and That’s a Good Thing.
The fact is, with the right precautions and perhaps a little pre- and post-round modifications, golf might be just the right antidote to the mounting fears of coronavirus. Fighting the coronavirus is a communal effort, but from an individual basis, it also has much to do with our immune systems, and the fact is our immune systems do not work well when they are stressed. Golf, even for those of us who know the internal outrage of the 40-yard slice or the third three-putt in four holes, can and should be a de-stressor. That’s a good thing. Less stress, physical activity, being outdoors, taking in nature. Maybe hitting more practice balls on the range or even walking the course at night with a club and a few balls. Sounds a lot like the game we love.
Head Outdoors and Play Golf. Exercising Outside Reduces Risk.
If you’re nervous about the gym, exercising outdoors would “dramatically reduce any chance” of getting the virus, simply because you’re around fewer people, Aubree Gordon, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, tells CNBC.Currently, there are no restrictions in place that would prevent people from going outside in the United States. Go for a run, hike or bike ride, she suggests. Plus, research has shown that a 90-minute walk in nature boosts your cognitive functioning and decreases anxiety.
Golf is a Great Escape. Come for Some Exercise and Fresh Air Too.
As far as actual golf goes, being out on the golf course and being separated from people for awhile, it’s a great escape from what’s going on and a great time to get some fresh air and to get some exercise as well. “It’s a great way to get outside and get some fresh air and not have to worry about what’s going on for a few hours,” said PGA General Manager Michael Ferranti. “It’s definitely something to do now that there’s no games on TV and really something to get out and get going.”
Support your Community. Play Golf Locally.
New safety recommendations for golf clubs suggest hourly cleanings of high-touch areas like doorknobs, a regular changing of towels, and elbow bumps to replace handshakes. A Golf Advisor writer commented, “...it’s noteworthy that closing wasn’t one of the suggestions. I don’t know about you; I don’t plan on hanging up the clubs as long as I’m healthy. With all the stress and newfound free time (with schools and youth sports canceling), I could theoretically play more. It would be wise to play locally, avoiding travel and supporting your own community.”
Physical Activities Like Golf Can Lower Your Overall Risk.
“At this point, people should certainly keep exercising,” Aubree Gordon, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, tells CNBC. In fact, physical activity can boost your immune system, Michael Knight, assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Services, tells CNBC. “I would encourage my patients to continue getting moderate amounts of physical activity to lower their overall risk,” he says.
Home from School & Need Activities? Bring the Kids to Play.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your children occupied while they’re stuck at home, here are some ideas: Read some books, have a movie marathon, and play outside with parent supervision. Wait, play outside with parent supervision? Sounds like a great opportunity to play golf. It’s affordable too, because kids always play free with a paying adult. So, book your tee time, grab your clubs, and take this opportunity to teach your kids a sport you can enjoy together for years to come.