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Golf Opens Back Up In The South Sound

Phew! Finally a break in our stay at home routines during this Covid-19 crisis. While shelter in place guidelines still remain in effect, most of our beautiful golf courses have opened back up. And why not? Golf can be a solitary sport. Sure, it’s fun to meet up with a couple of friends and play a round together, but this is also a great activity you can do alone, or with a family member that you live with. If you do decide to meet up with a friend, you’re only aloud to play with one, and you’ll have to have separate carts, if they are available. And social distancing rules still apply, so stay 6 feet away from your friend while playing.

While the courses are open, some of the driving ranges are staying closed, and there is no equipment rental so you must bring your own clubs. Golf carts are kind of hit or miss at the moment with some courses renting them, (only 1 person per cart), and some courses not. Golfers are required to schedule tee-times by phone or online, and payments must also be taken either by phone or online. No cash! Several courses offer their score card as a downloadable pdf, and advise you to print it out before coming to cut down on the amount of paper that changes hands once you arrive.

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Located in University Place.

• Open to the public
• Price Range: $100.00 to $235.00
• Carts limited to 1 person per cart unless from the same household
• Caddie operations currently suspended
• Shuttle service to the first tee suspended
• Practice areas are limited to 30 minutes per person

Chambers Bay Golf Course does offer a wide variety of membership options which include three rounds of golf for the smaller packages and goes all the way up to unlimited golf with their most extensive package. Another unique thing Chambers Bay is offering is remote coaching. Have one of their coaches analyze your swing from the comfort of your own backyard!

Allenmore Golf Course

Located in Tacoma.

• Open to the public
• 18 holes
• Price Range: $18.00 to $52.00
• No more than 2 people in the pro shop at a time

You can read all about the history of this golf course on their website. This golf course opened for it’s full round of golf in August of 1931. Back then, the grass seed cost a whopping $6000.00. Can you imagine how much it would be in today’s money?

Oakbrook Golf Course

• Open to the public
• 18 holes
• Price Range: $20.00 to $54.00
• Carts limited to 1 per person unless from the same household
• Limited use of driving range and practice green

Oakbrook also offers a membership option and once a member, golf is unlimited.

Meadow Park

Meadow Park remains closed due to the financial impacts of Covid-19. A re-open date is yet set.

Eagle’s Pride Golf Course

Located just south of Dupont.

• Open to the general public
• 27 holes total
• Price Range: $15.00 to $37.00
• Pro shop open, only 4 customers in the shop allowed at a time
• Restaurant open for to-go orders only

Green Fees vary based on day of the week, military or non-military status, etc. They have a very complete price list on their website if you need to know.

The Home Course

Located in Dupont, WA.

• Public Course
• Price Range: $21.00 to $66.00
• Foursomes are allowed if they come from the same household
• Twosomes are allowed even if from different households
• Golf carts are available on a first come first serve basis
• Driving Range is open with appropriate stalls roped off for social distancing.

The Home Course is taking steps to make sure that everything you might touch is sanitized between customers. View their website for complete details.

American Lake Veteran’s Golf Course

The VA Health System has prohibited the golf course from opening at this time. They are appealing the decision

Whispering Firs

Located at McChord Field

• Open to military personnel or be an authorized guests
• 18 holes, Par 72
• Price Range: $15.00 to $37.00

Habernero Mexican Grill is open for to-go orders.

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This photo taken at my last opportunity to golf before everything was shut down. We were driving home from Florida and stopped in Oro Valley, AZ.

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