TREMPEALEAU, WI - Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club is opening on Friday, April 10, but not without strict guidelines.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued his COVID-19 Emergency Order No. 12 on March 24. The Safer At Home order went into effect from 8 a.m., March 25, to 8 a.m., April 24, shutting down non-essential businesses, including golf courses.
However, in a mass email to customers and boblamboutdoors.com early Wednesday, a letter from Trempealeau Mountain stated it will open on Friday under a "park and play" policy. No walk-ins will be allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The clubhouse will be closed and only on-line tee times will be accepted.
"Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club is committed to be a leader in the golf community by maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and helping our customers to do the same," the letter stated. "As such we are monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak and implementing practices according to the CDC guidelines.
"The nature of our business with only a small group of golfers playing together in an outdoor activity greatly minimizes exposure, golf isn’t a close-proximity event. Below is our current policies approved by the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Dept., and Trempealeau County Health Dept. These policies and procedures are ever-changing along with new developments and recommendations from local, state and national agencies."
* All tee times must be booked and paid online via our website or Trempealeau Mountain App.
* Please arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to your tee time and go straight to the first tee to check in with the starter.
Inside the Pro Shop:
* The clubhouse is closed.
* No food or beverage will be available for purchase.
On the course:
* Walking Only!!! NO GOLF CARTS AVAILABLE!
* The cups have been raised 1 inch above surface to prevent the need to remove the flag-stick. Although unconventional, please putt to the raised cup and when you hit it with the ball, consider that putt made… no more lip outs.
* Rakes have been removed from bunkers, please smooth sand with foot. You can place your ball in preferred lies.
* Ball washers have been removed from the course.
* Keep social distancing of 6 feet at all times on course and property.
* Driving range will remain closed at this time.
"We appreciate the trust that you place in Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take actions necessary to help keep our employees and customers safe while providing the products and services you depend on from us."
Chad & Amy Landis
Chad Landis, new co-owner and course manager, said golfers may bring their own push or pull carts. However, no private power carts are allowed.
Landis said after receiving 15-20 messages each day from golfers inquiring when the course will open, and hearing about at least one Dunn County course opening, he and his wife decided to open, too, after meeting with local law enforcement and health officials.
There are two ways to pay fees, according to Landis.
"You can pay online, or when you book your tee time, you must give your credit card number," he said, adding that an outdoor kiosk will be available for customers.
Green fees are $26 for 18 holes or $19 for 9 holes. For golfers wishing to play more than 18 holes, the "replay rate" is $25.
"As for now, that's what the prices will be," Landis said.
For more information, call 608-534-7417.