By Wayne Crick

Sports editor

There were plenty of thrilled golfing enthusiasts from Delta County on April 25. With the opening of Devil’s Thumb Golf Course to all Delta County residents, both the front and back nines had players returning to the links after the COVID-19 pandemic had stopped play earlier. All rounds for the past few days had been scheduled, and played, on the front nine only.

Play at Devil’s Thumb was limited to Delta County residents only due to recommendations from the Delta County Health Department. Eventually, players from outside Delta County will be eligible to play Devil’s Thumb when guidelines regulating relaxed restrictions are met and maintained.

When golfers make their reservations, there are a few new rules linksters must adhere to.

All rounds must have tee times before arrival at the course, and there will be no walk-ins allowed.

Tee times begin at 9 a.m. with the last tee time for 18 holes scheduled at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for nine holes.

All reservations must be made by phone (no online booking).

All rounds must be prepaid by phone before arrival with a verbal check-in required upon arrival.

Golfers are asked to arrive 10 minutes before tee time (no early or late arrivals).

Flagsticks on each green are to remain in the hole with no touching.

One person per cart (unless family, or carpooling).

Restrooms are open on the course, but clubhouse restrooms and restaurant are closed.

The driving range is closed with putting and chipping area open for players only.

Course marshals will enforce social-distancing rules.

Players are urged to bring their own water, snacks, hand sanitizer and other essentials needed to play.

Rates for play are; $35 for 18 holes with cart and $20 for nine holes with cart.

Devil’s Thumb Golf Pro Ken Brown, and the rest of the clubhouse staff, are there for your assistance, but guests must follow the rules if the course is to stay open.

To make your reservation please call 970-874-6262.

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