St. Louis golf courses open but face rough going during pandemic

Some St. Louis golf courses are staying open during the coronavirus pandemic, but they are struggling, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

Many new rules are in place to keep patrons and staff safe and healthy. These include prohibiting celebratory gestures like high fives, instructing players to not touch pins and limiting golf cart use.

Even though they are staying open, many courses are struggling financially in the midst of cancelled events, such as leagues, tournaments and charity events.

“It’s the biggest challenge we’ve faced. It really is. I’m putting in 14-hour days,” RiveWalter Wolfner, owner of Riverside Golf Club, told the St. Louis Business Journal.

Nationally, about 49% of golf courses were open last week, according to the National Golf Foundation.

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