With playgrounds and parks all over the metro area closed down to stop the spread of COVID-19, options for people to safely get some outdoor time have become limited. But on April 18 the City of Lakewood provided a much-needed option with the reopening of Fox Hollow and Homestead Golf Courses.
“Early on we were being inundated with people on the grounds trying to get exercise, so we thought if we’re going to be crowded anyway, they might as well have a golf bag on their shoulder,” said Craig Parzybok, head golf pro at the courses. “We went back and forth on opening, and there was a lot of uncertainty. We certainly don’t want to be irresponsible, but we received the okay as long as we don’t encourage people to be too close together.”
Fox Hollow, 13410 W. Morrison Road, and Homestead, 11500 W. Hampden Ave., were closed on March 22, but now that they are reopened, staff have implemented a number of guidelines and measures to keep both golfers and staff as safe as possible.
Firstly, all tee times must be made in advance (up to four days prior) by phone and pre-paid by credit card at the time of reservation. Walk-ups are not allowed, and the driving range and other practice areas will remain closed for the time being.
Carts (both motorized and walking) will not be available to rent, and the courses are going to put in extra effort to ensure players are maintaining the requisite 6-foot social distancing requirements during their time on the links.
“I think we’re going to be helicopter golf pros for a while at first, to make sure people are staying away from each other,” Parzybok said.
“We’re hoping people will get creative with their celebrations, since they shouldn’t be doing things like high fives.”
High-frequency touch points like bathrooms and door handles will be disinfected regularly and bunker rakes, water stations, ball cleaners and benches have been removed from the courses as well. Clubhouses will only be open for bathrooms use and to place and pick-up take out orders from the restaurant. Once the game is over, golfers should promptly head home.
“I think reopening is a good sign, as long as people can adhere to the rules in place,” Parzybok said. “We’re trying to walk that tightrope of being responsible stewards of the property, because the longer this goes on, the more people will need to get out.”
Call Fox Hollow at 303-986-7888 or Homestead at 720-963-5181 to make a reservation, or visit www.lakewood.org/Government/Departments/Community-Resources/Lakewood-Golf.
Support the Colorado Chautauqua and learn something new
The Colorado Chautauqua is one of the state’s most beautiful concert, cultural and historical venues, and like many similar locations, it is facing some seriously trying times during the pandemic. As a result, the organization had to make staff cuts to deal with financial shoratges.
Despite the grim reality, the Chautauqua is still educating people. In the community events section of its website there are gardening tips from the Chautauqua’s horticulturist, historic recipes from its cookbook, activities for children and even zoom backgrounds.
To keep the history of this beautiful site alive, visit www.chautauqua.com to contribute to the Chautauqua COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week - Pickathon presents A Concert A Day for MusiCares
While we all wait to see some of our favorite musicians perform live with our friends, the Pickathon festival in Oregon is bringing some of its best performances to your home.
Every day at 1 p.m. through June 3, the festival is releasing one of its favorite performances, totaling 60 concerts. Artists like Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, underground hip-hop stalwarts People Under the Stairs and many others will be showcased during the series’ tenure. Viewers can donate money, which goes directly to the Recording Academy’s GRAMMYs’ MusiCares initiative, to help musicians pay for health care.
To get a taste of the Pickathon experience and help out struggling musicians, visit www.pickathon.com.
Streaming style - ‘Brockmire’
Hank Azaria has been a constant in most of our lives because of the range and power of his voice. His work on “The Simpsons” for the past 30 years is timeless, but IFC’s “Brockmire,” allows Azaria to stretch some different muscles.
Azaria plays Jim Brockmire, a Major League Baseball announcer who has a public meltdown and then tries to reclaim his job and the sport he loves. The main cast is rounded out by the always stellar Amanda Peet and Tyler Jackson Williams, and while they are fantastic in their roles, this is truly Azaria’s show.
Anyone who is missing baseball or is looking for seriously gut-busting laughs should catch new episodes in the fourth and final season airing on Wednesday nights, and previous episodes can be streamed on-demand and on Hulu.
Clarke Reader’scolumn on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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