Local Golf Courses Report Record June Numbers
Golf is one activity that’s booming these days. At Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, June was a historic month.
“We had 7,200 rounds played,” said Brad Tullberg, Brooklyn Park’s parks and facilities manager. “Our 10-year average is about 5,900.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic plays on, golf has experienced a resurgence.
“July has been great as well,” Tullberg said. “June was a record month, built on May which was also a record month. We’re seeing record numbers on the driving range as well.”
Tullberg says golf has another advantage compared to other sports in that it’s easier to social distance.
“Without youth sports, without some of the other things that normally take up people’s time, they have more time to golf,” Tullberg said. “I think a lot of people are taking advantage of it.”
At Edinburgh USA, new COVID-19 guidelines are in place. There is an emphasis on spacing and cleaning protocols. If you want to play, don’t delay.
“Plan ahead,” Tullberg said. “Our tee times are going quickly. The course is in beautiful shape even with record levels of play.”
Business Also Trending up At Brooklyn Center Course
Meanwhile at Centerbrook Golf Course in Brooklyn Center, business is also trending up at an accelerated pace.
“It’s been very good,” said Steve Makowske, superintendent at Centerbrook. “I don’t see the trend slowing down. Last month, June, I was up 34 percent over last year’s June. So was May also, 34 percent.”
Centerbrook is a nine-hole, par-3 course with a small footprint.
“The holes average about 170 yards,” Makowske said.
At Centerbrook you can get your golf fix without giving up your entire day.
“It’s only 90 minutes to play,” Makowske said. “We’re a niche in that you can get all the golf you want.”
The pandemic has created a new set of rules at Centerbrook and the course has made some changes.
“We leave the flag sticks in,” Makowske said. “No bunker rakes. Natural golf as I call it.”