As golf courses reopen in Pa. and NJ, COVID-19 safety rules still apply

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Golf courses opened up Friday in Pennsylvania and will open Saturday in New Jersey, but things will be a little different on the green now during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lulu Golf Club in Glenside, Montgomery County, which closed weeks ago and laid off its staff, has some good news.

“Everyone that was laid off will be getting their jobs back, based on when we can open our clubhouse," Dennis Poiesz, head golf pro at the club, said. However, because the club's restaurant cannot yet reopen, those workers will continue to be laid off, he added.

Poiesz says it’s “members only“ on the course right now. And he says members must sign up for tee times on line or by phone through the golf shop.

All of the social distancing and hygeine rules imposed statewide for curbing the spread of COVID-19 apply at the golf club, Poiesz said. And staff have been instructed to remove members who don’t abide by those regulations.

“Our procedures have changed and, for the time being, this is how we’re going to run our operation. And our members understand that and are going to abide by it, because they know they have to, and they want to be able to come out here," he said.