Golfing becoming more popular during the pandemic

Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 18:35:52-04

(WXYZ) — Golf courses in our area have become more popular this season. Some say the pandemic has some novice players taking up the sport to keep busy.

With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, tee times might be booked.

“Covid has worked to our advantage,” said Karen Peek, director of operations of Signet Golf Associates. “People are looking at it as an opportunity to really get outside and be comfortable and feel safe.”

Revenue is up 27% at Detroit’s public golf courses this season, including at Chandler Park Golf Course.

Peek says they’ve taken precautions to keep the game safe like removing items that people share or touch, requiring masks when inside the clubhouse, more sanitizing and adding dividers golf carts.

Plus, she says the course is affordable, which is a drive for new golfers.

“Play nine holes for $20,”golfer J.B. Brown explained, “There are many reasons you should play golf, there is no reason why you shouldn’t.”

Brown and Cliff Taylor have been playing for decades and they are excited to see more people getting into the sport. But they can spot a newbie right away.

“They are just all over the place, but it’s good for the game,” Taylor said.

Peek adding, “Take some lessons. That’s my probably the best thing any golfer can do.”

With Labor Day weekend, the course may be packed. But Peek thinks golfers will be coming out later in the season despite the weather.

“Hey let’s put a parka on and go to the course to hit around a little bit,” she said.

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