Entertainment, Recreation Return with Changes

The state’s restrictions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic served to highlight how big of a role recreation and entertainment play in the daily lives of residents.

One leisure activity that saw an early ease on limitations was golf; however, courses still implemented measures to keep both golfers and staff safe. Maple Leaf Golf Course in Linwood urged golfers to maintain social distancing guidelines, and Buck’s Run Golf Club in Mount Pleasant outlined some of the additional steps it was taking to protect the health of guests — from not accepting cash and inverted cups on the greens to increased sanitation on door knobs, counters and golf carts.

“The orders that have been put in place by Gov. (Gretchen) Whitmer are changing weekly as she updates and loosens the restrictions,” said Laura Bavaird, director of member relations for the Golf Association of Michigan. “The Golf Association of Michigan, which is a member of the Michigan Golf Alliance, has been working to advocate and provide updates to golfers and courses across Michigan since the start of the shutdown.”

The swift recovery of golf in Michigan demonstrated how valuable the activity is to both lifestyle and the economy, she added.

“Michigan ranks as the fourth highest golf course tally in the United States, so to say that golf is important to us could be considered an understatement,” Bavaird said. “Golfers across the state have been very excited to get started.”