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Golfers not staying home, courses open

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WAKE FOREST — While gyms, public park equipment and fitness centers temporarily close their doors, local golf clubs are staying open.

The state’s stay-at-home order allows golf courses to stay open, as long as participants can stay at least 6 feet apart.

GolfNow reports that about one-third of its courses across the country are shut down because of COVID-19, but Heritage Golf Club and TPC Wakefield Plantation both say on their websites that their courses are open for business.

Officials at both courses declined to comment, or did not respond to multiple attempts to reach them.

But one employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk about business operations, said business is booming. Attendance has grown since the stay-at-home order went into effect, they said.

The courses are still being careful nevertheless. All golf carts are being wiped down and sanitized more often. Employees are taking their temperature before entering the premises. Rental equipment are sanitized. At the driving range, each player is told to stand at least 6 feet apart while practicing their swing.

However, all public events and tournaments that were scheduled to happen at the golf courses were canceled. No changes to hours of operation have been made at Wakefield or Heritage.