Golf for everyone at Berkeley impacted by the Corona

Virus, but the course is open and golfers enjoy the opportunity to

play the sport they love.

More and more golfers are showing up at Berkeley Hills, the parking lot is full and all

the driving carts are out on the course with one person per cart.  Berkeley encourages

walking and more than 60 of our members have battery operated carts being charged in

the cart barn.  Awareness of the pandemic is quite evident with golfers and staff doing their

part, practicing social distancing, avoiding touching anything that would leave or transmit

the virus, sanitizing all surfaces in common use, frequent hand washing and so much more. 

With all these measures, everyone is enjoying the experience of our beautiful course and participating in the sport we love.  We must continue personal responsibility.  If you are not

feeling well, don’t come to play golf.  If you come to play golf, and you become ill

within two weeks after, please let Berkeley know.  Information is crucial to halt the spread of

the disease.

 

It is your personal decision to come out to play.  Those of us that have been playing regularly

for the past month are doing just fine (as far as we know).  Recent studies indicate that seniors playing golf can reduce stress and provide needed exercise which results in a better survival

rate by nearly 10% according to the new research presented by the American Stroke Association.  If you decide not  to play golf, please consider walking and exercise so you are fit when

you start up the game again.

 

Is it safe to play because golf is an outdoor sport where you can keep your distance from others?

Here is what the experts say.  Social distancing is the most effective mechanism for slowing down transmission of the infection and hopefully eventually getting the infection under control.  Golf is very unique in that aspect in which you can be in a bit more wide-open space and you’re using theoretically your own equipment.  And in those circumstances, it’s probably going to be safe. We don’t know much about this virus and our understanding is constantly evolving. As a result our recommendations continue to change each day.  But there are aspects of golf that need to be put into consideration. That’s things like sharing equipment, being on golf carts together.  Any time

there’s any interaction with somebody else, that would need to be avoided in those circumstances. There are certainly times during the golf game such as transitioning to the clubhouse, using the bathrooms, teeing off where you are within that 6-feet (boundary).  There needs to be more about how long the virus can live on surfaces. So depending on the type of surface that can range from a few hours to up to three days in certain circumstances.  So if someone has a virus who was on a

cart before you, it’s potentially possible that the virus, that if they touched their face or if they sneezed and it got on the steering wheel or somewhere else on the cart, and then you came to contact with that and touched your mouth, you could transmit it. It’s critical that all of this equipment is disinfected in between people’s uses.

 

Registration for the 2020 Berkeley Senior Men's Golf Association:

Forms are available in the Berkeley Pro Shop.  Half the $40 fee is paid to the North Atlanta Senior Men's Golf Association to operate the official web site.  All members of the Berkeley Seniors will have individual accounts with NASMGA to enter tournaments and follow the results.

If you have some ideas to make the future more fun, more competitive, more inclusive,

please let the BSMGA Board know.  Come out and participate in the scheduled tournaments,

the week day tournaments, the Senior Interclub Tournaments, and Senior Match Play. 

 

Questions to ajimandersen@gmail.com

 

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