Golfing as popular as ever during COVID-19 pandemic

Sports of all kinds have taken a big hit during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but one sport -- golf -- is growing in popularity.

During Arizona's stay-at-home order, which took effect on March 31 and expired on May 15, golf courses never shut down, as it was considered an essential service.

“It’s one of the few things that were allowed to do after the coronavirus," said golfer Randy Wickham.

If anything, golf has become more popular during the pandemic. It's a nearly perfect social distancing sport, since it is easy for players to remain six feet apart, each with his or her own equipment. Plus, the game is played in the great outdoors. A great way for father and son to spend time together.

"This is only her second time actually golfing, so we’re trying to make the most of this Memorial Day," said Dana Brisbon.

The course at Encanto Park has implemented some new rules, such as a 'one-person-per-cart' rule, a ban on touching the flag pole, and consistently clean the carts.

"We feel very safe playing golf," said Wickham. "That’s why we’re playing."

Golf, as the pandemic continue, is withstanding the test of time once again, providing exercise, companionship, competition, open spaces, and plenty of sunshine, all for the fairly reasonable price of a greens fee.

Some golfers say other private courses have kept their prices higher and longer, because so many people are willing to pay to play.

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