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Social distance on the course? Yep, it's safe to golf in the era of Coronavirus.

Good news - according to Golf Digest, golf is still ”par for the course” amid coronavirus concerns - as long as you take proper precautions. The fact is, with the right preparations and a few modifications, golf might be just the right antidote to the growing worries of the coronavirus.

In a recent interview for Golf Digest, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Troisi confirmed that, golf as it’s normally played - outdoors, with natural social-distancing built in - would be fairly safe and is actually a lot like hiking as a form of recreation and activity.

“You’re not in contact with a whole lot of other people, and it’s not like basketball where you’re very close to other players, so you could maintain several feet of distance,” she said. “Sunlight and other environmental conditions can kill viruses like this, so it is probable that this is true for this novel coronavirus. So, I would say in the actual playing of golf, you’re not at much risk,” assures Troisi.

With respect to CDC recommended social distancing, a golf course rarely yields a crowded setting. As with most golf courses, Wild Dunes Resort golf courses have busier times than others, so selecting an off-peak tee time ensures that there will be even fewer people around.

Outside of golf’s innate social distance, the sport can and should be a de-stressing activity. “Relieving stress helps your immune system and we know that physical activity boosts your immune system, so for both mental and physical health, it’s good to get activity however you can get it without putting yourself at risk,” Troisi shared.

Tips to Take:

  • Consider walking or taking your own golf cart to maintain the recommended 6’ of space.
  • Leave the flagsticks untouched.
  • Clean your clubs before and after your round.
  • Use golf gloves.
  • Resist touching your face.
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer after you touch anything that isn’t yours.
  • Skip the 18th hole handshake (for now).

Having safety precautions in play are still key, which includes regular preventative measures recommended by the CDC. Stress relief, physical activity, being outdoors - sounds a lot like THE game we all love.

Book your next tee time at Wild Dunes Resort today!

Source: Stachura, Mike. “Can you play golf amid coronavirus concerns? With proper precautions, yes.” Golf Digest.

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