Turf & Rec: Golf maintenance amid a health crisis
by Mike Jiggens
Courses still need required maintenance, even without golfers playing
The way of life among Canadians took a dramatic turn in mid-March as the global COVID-19 pandemic’s impact started to be felt a little too close to home. In mere days, all sporting events were shut down, schools were closed, church services were cancelled, and places where large groups of people typically gather – such as movie theatres and restaurants – were forced to shut their doors.
The goal was to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus by deeming various businesses, activities and other functions as non-essential. The lists of non-essential services were declared by the provinces, and golf made the list in most parts of Canada.
Even though no golf was being played in most of the country, course maintenance carried on as usual – albeit with minimal staff and leaner budgets – to protect each club’s multi-million-dollar assets.