I am the President of Ravenwood Golf on Lynaugh Road in Victor. You may be aware that Ravenwood recently closed effective March 20th due to NYS Executive Order 202.7. Effective Thursday, March 26th, Ravenwood has re-opened for limited golf play. I would like to share the reason for this, and communicate our current status and intentions.
On March 25th, the State of New York gave golf courses permission to be open with the caveat that all recommended safety measures are put in place to ensure safety for both employees and the public. We did not expect nor request this. We believe that the decision was made to provide people the opportunity to exercise and be outdoors by participating in a sport that can readily accommodate social distancing.
Despite the legal permission by New York to allow play, we have thought long and hard about our social responsibilities in allowing people to play on our course. This idea of social responsibility is more important than the legality issue in our minds. Our opinion is that with limited play and with extreme precautions, we can safely operate the course and allow people to experience the personal benefits that result from getting outside and safely enjoying the outdoors in this unprecedented and difficult time.
The Ravenwood team has spent many hours identifying every possible contingency to ensure that any golf activity is done with safety at the forefront. This includes one golfer per cart (except for immediate family members living in the same household), extending tee times between players to avoid congregation of players, thorough disinfecting of carts between each round of play, removal of any items that can be touched out on the course, having people pay outside or in advance so that they never have need to enter the clubhouse, and stressing social distancing for non-family members. This list is not exhaustive and we are confident to share that we are meeting or exceeding all defined protocols.
Please note that if we see an individual not adhering to safe protocol, they will be removed from the course immediately. If it appears that players are generally not adhering to protocol, we will re-visit this issue and simply close the course.
Regardless of the precautions taken, I understand that some people believe that any movement outside the home at this time should be avoided. We respect that opinion. And we also believe that if we can create a safe, socially-distanced experience for those who are seeking it, that we have created that at Ravenwood. We take our responsibilities as members of the community very seriously.
Thank you and we wish everyone safety and fortitude in the days ahead.