Golfers hit the links as Gov. Evers allows golf courses to open with restrictions

By Keith Skenandore
Managing Editor

Leo Nackers, above, was the first golfer to hit off the tees on Friday, April 24, at Crystal Springs Golf Course after Governor Evers revised the “Safer at Home” order allowing State courses to open.

Area golf courses were busy over the weekend after Governor Tony Evers revised the “Safer at Home” order.

Crystal Springs Golf Course, along with other courses in the State, allowed for golfers to tee-off on April 24 after Evers’ order extension granted courses some business flexibility.

Crystal Springs, an 18-hole golf course, located at N8055 French Road, Seymour, was swamped, according to Jerad Johnson, director of golf at Crystal Springs.

“Our phone was ringing off the hook,” Johnson said.
Johnson added that with the Stay at Home order, people have been wanting to get out of their house.

“Everybody’s been chomping at the bit, he said. “We’re extremely excited to be open.”

Opening Day on Friday saw 107 golfers take to the course. The weekend numbers increased with 110 golfers on Saturday and 157 on Sunday.

“We had a great weekend,” he said.

Tee times and payments for either nine or 18 holes must be done either online or over the phone as their clubhouse doors will be closed.

Johnson said that tee times are now spaced by 10 minute intervals, instead of the normal eight.

To schedule a tee time feel free to call Crystal Springs Golf Course at 920-833-6348 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Johnson said the course superintendent, Brian Holz, did a fantastic job preparing the course to open.

“The course has not been this good in about 20 years,” said Johnson.
Holz put in a new drainage on hole No. 9 and opened up hole No.16 by removing a few trees that were damaged due to last July’s storm.

“He (Holz) has greens and everything cut and things have been cut more than once already,” Johnson said. “A lot more than previous years.”

All golfers were expected to walk, but now have the option of purchasing a powered cart for use.

Course management does ask golfers be compliant with their guidelines which needed to be implemented so their course could be open.

All flag sticks like hole No. 1 has the cup of the hole placed upside down so golfers don’t have to reach to the bottom of the cup to retrieve their golf ball. – Photo by Keith Skenandore

One of those guidelines is that the flag stick must remain in the cup and golfers are asked to not touch the flag stick.

To assist with that guideline, Johnson said that Holz has placed the cup in all 18 golf holes upside down so golfers don’t have to reach to the bottom of the cup to retrieve their ball nor touch the flag stick.

The other guidelines are:

  • Putting green and chipping green have a limit of four people at a time. Golfers must remain six (6) feet apart.
  • Driving range will remain closed.
  • Hand sanitation will be available outside the clubhouse.
  • Course will not provide any tee markers, ball washing units, water coolers or bunker rakes.
  • Bunkers will be reconditioned daily.
  • Scorecards and/or pencils will be available upon request.
  • Upon completion of a round of golf, customers will be required to immediately leave the grounds.
  • For any merchandise needs, customers are to call their orders into the Pro Shop ahead of time and pay in advance with a credit card. Golf course staff will bring pre-round, pre-purchased merchandise out to the customer.