Indian Creek Golf Club to Reopen in Compliance with State and Denton County Orders
In compliance with State and Denton County orders, Carrollton’s Indian Creek Golf Club is set to reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 23.
On Saturday, April 11, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton posted a letter interpreting Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order to allow that some elements of golf course businesses may provide “essential services.” Abbott’s order, which is currently in place through Thursday, April 30, requires every person in Texas to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The letter posted by Paxton’s office states that “a person is not prohibited from playing or practicing golf on property that remains open to the person (such as by holding a membership and/or reserving a tee time)” since Abbott’s executive order “expressly allows engaging in physical activity” but that golfers must follow CDC guidelines as required in the statewide order.
Subsequently, the Denton County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday, April 14 to amend the County’s public health order (see Exhibit A), allowing golf courses to reopen provided they abide by the following rules as set forth in the order:
- Buildings, Parking Lots, and General Grounds Changes
- Golf pro shop and clubhouse must remain closed to all guests (No restrooms in the clubhouse can be used.)
- All tee times must be made in advance by phone or online. Fees must be collected over the phone or online. No cash or credit payments are allowed on site; no walk-ups.
- A minimum of 15 minutes must be scheduled between each tee time. No more than four golfers will be allowed to tee off every 15 minutes.
- Only golfers will be allowed on the course.
- Walking is preferred and pull carts are allowed. The use of golf carts is permitted only if the cart is privately owned and operated by the golf course patron, or if a cart that has been assigned to an individual and the individual is the sole user for the duration of the Stay at Home order. In either case, usage of a cart is limited to a single person and anyone living in their same household.
- Golfers must self-park.
- Only golf course members are allowed at this time, no guests of members allowed.
- All players must maintain a minimum of six feet between each person.
- Players are responsible for loading and unloading their clubs from vehicles.
- Once a bag is pulled from the bag room for play, it must go home with the member, and the golf course staff will not touch it again.
- No ice/water machines may be made available.
- No tees or amenity stations may be made available.
- No water stations may be made available.
- Driving range and practice areas will remain closed.
- Only minimal staffing for golf course maintenance and security is allowed.
- Golfers should take all trash and items with them when they leave the course.
- Golfers should arrive on time for a tee time and leave immediately following their round of golf.
- Golf Course Changes
- No rakes will be in the bunkers. Bunkers should be considered ground under repair.
- No ball washers will be available for use.
- All cups on the greens will be set up to prevent the golf ball from going in the hole and thus keeping players from reaching into the cup.
- Golfers should not touch the flagsticks.
- No coolers or ice will be available on the course, so golfers should bring their own water or beverage.
- Social distancing of six feet must be maintained at all times, no exceptions.
- Golfers must not have any direct contact with staff members.
- Groups are not permitted to congregate anywhere.
- No beverage carts are allowed.
- No golf instruction or golf academies are allowed.
Indian Creek Golf Club, a municipal golf course located in Denton County, will abide by all of the rules set forth in the order in an effort to allow golfers the opportunity to participate in physical activity on Indian Creek’s courses as permitted by the State and Denton County, while prioritizing the health and wellbeing of staff and patrons.
All other Carrollton recreation facilities, including Crosby and Rosemeade Recreation Centers, the Carrollton Senior Center, Oak Creek Tennis Center, A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, McInnish Sports Complex, Josey Ranch Sports Complex, as well as all City playgrounds, dog parks, basketball courts, and tennis courts, remain closed to the public.
Golfers can reserve and pay for a tee time at Indian Creek Golf Club by visiting indiancreekgolfclub.com or calling 972-466-9850 beginning 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21. The clubhouse remains closed, and no walk-ups are allowed. Additionally, no golf cars, whether privately owned or rented, are currently allowed on Indian Creek grounds.
For more details on COVID-19 impacts throughout Carrollton and a variety of information resources from Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, Collin County Health Care Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit cityofcarrollton.com/coronavirus.