ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Friday’s new health order from the New Mexico Department of Health and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham allows for golf courses to open on a modified basis. The order however states that it is effective for all counties in New Mexico except for Cibola County, McKinley County, and San Juan County.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller will reopen the City’s golf courses with limited operations on Saturday, May 2 following new guidelines issued by the New Mexico Department of Health on Thursday. The City owns four municipal golf courses. Those that will reopen Saturday, including Arroyo del Oso, Ladera, Los Altos, and Puerto del Sol. The golf facilities at Balloon Fiesta Park will remain closed as that facility is being used as a COVID-19 testing site.

City courses, including course concessionaires, will be following best practices for golf course operations under the current COVID-19 conditions. Golfers should expect some delays and understand that not all services may be available.

Restrictions that are to be followed on the golf course, clubhouse, parking lots and face coverings are:

Face Coverings

  • Golfers maintaining social distancing to the required six feet are not required to wear a face-covering during play.
  • Golfers are required to use face coverings while inside buildings or when interacting face to face with staff members whether inside or outside

On the Course

  • All practice facilities will be monitored by course marshal to enforce social distancing and driving ranges will be set up to use every-other tee.
  • Walking is encouraged and one rider per golf cart unless occupants reside in the same household.
  • No sand bottles or pencils will be allowed in golf carts.
  • All golf carts will be cleaned between rounds.
  • Flag sticks must stay in the hole at all times.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized every two hours.

Clubhouse and Parking Lot

  • tee times for twosome will be in eight-minute intervals and foursomes in 12 minutes.
  • Transactions will be completed at the door or walk-up window. Pro shops will remain closed.
  • Golfers must remain six feet apart while waiting to check-in.
  • Players are urged to not arrive at the golf course for more than 15 minutes. prior to their tee time and leave the course immediately after round is completed.
  • Snack bars and grills will be open for take-out and carry away only and one person per group may be at the beverage cart.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced at all times.

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