By Lucas Vader
After weeks of walking and private carts only at the Cedaredge Golf Club, the Town of Cedaredge has been given permission to let the 50 course-owned golf carts go out again, Golf Pro Ira Kramer said. The approval came in on Thursday, so staff of the golf course immediately started checking out carts to members of the public again.
The course opened fully to the public on April 9. Before that point, the course was only open to annual pass holders since April 1. Before that, it had been closed since March 26 in accordance with Gov. Jared Polis’ stay-at-home order. Rules for the golf course ever since the initial stay-at-home order have been unclear and ever changing with developments happening every one to two weeks.
“We’re open space, you know,” Kramer said, “as long as you stay 6 feet back.”
Kramer reported that the golf course is in great shape for the season. The grass is green and healthy, and the greens are overall looking good.
Also, the course is offering temporary reduced rates, Kramer said. Golfers can currently ride 18 holes for $34, walk 18 for $23, ride nine holes for $24 and walk nine for $13.
“We’re going to give a reduced rate as long as things aren’t normal,” Kramer said. “I’m hoping we can start getting to that.”
Despite the loosening of restrictions, Kramer reiterated that social distancing and safety for people’s health is still a priority.
Golfers still have to call the pro shop to set up a tee time and staff is only allowing one person per cart, as per current state regulations. Carts are being disinfected before and after each use, and the driving range remains closed for now.
“With the same restrictions, everything is over the phone,” Kramer said. “Credit card numbers, they have to call them in, 6 feet, they still have to stay 6 feet back from everybody and we don’t have anything you can touch out there, including flags.”
Facilities are still closed, the club is not serving food at this time and staff interacts with golfers minimally from behind a plexiglass window on the side of the building. Those interactions are short because setup for golfing is all done over the phone.
“I’ve been in the golf business for 32 years and I’ve never dealt with anything like this before,” Kramer said. “It’s crazy.”
As it stands, the Town of Cedaredge and Kramer have the right to tighten regulations or close the golf course entirely if golfers are not abiding by social-distancing regulations and sanitary practices, but for now, public carts are allowed, which is one more step toward normal.