- Arizona Coronavirus cases by zipcode. 85382 is near the top - AZ Family - LIVE
- Latest AZ coronavirus news: Updates from AZ Family Newsroom - AZ Family - LIVE
- Interactive Map of Arizona by Zip Code - AZ Family - LIVE
- Should golf courses stay open during the pandemic? - Golf.com - 4.10.20
- Nevada Closes ALL Golf Courses Until Mid May Due to People Not Respecting "Stay at Home" - US News - 4.8.20
- Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected - Golf Still Open - azgovernor.gov - 3.30.20
- AZ mayors slam Ducey decision to keep golf courses open despite virus - KTAR - 3.25.20
- Govenor Ducey Issues Executive Order Detailing "Essential Services". Golf is Essential! - azgovernor.gov - 3.23.20
- These states are ordering residents to stay home or shelter in place. What does that mean? - USA Today - 3.22.20
- Golf courses across the country continue to adapt as restrictions pile up - Golf Digest - 3.21.20
- Coronavirus, social distancing and golf: Where do we draw the line? - Golf Week - 3.20.20
- COVID-19 Rules and Handicapping FAQ - USGA - 3.20.20
- Playing golf while social distancing? Here's what you need to know - Golf Channel - 3.19.20
CDC Briefing Room: March 14th, 2020
6 Steps to Prevent COVID-19
What Older Adults Need To Know
Symptoms of COVID-19
- 5/16: WBVGC COVID-19 Updated Procedures with Q & A - Updated(5.16.20)
- 5/11: Reflections from the President - Updated(5.11.20)
- 4/2: President's Update - Rules stay in place, but let's have some fun too! - Updated(4.2.20)
- 4/1: Please Practice Social Distancing Before, During and After Your Round to Help You, Your Friends, Employees and the Club! - Updated(4.1.20)
- 3/25: Club Championship Postponed Until November/December - Updated(3.25.20)
- 3/14: Our COVID-19 Precautions and Procedures are extended until further notice - Updated(3.25.20)
- 3/22: COVID-19: What you should know - Updated(3.23.20)
- 3/21: President’s Message to our Employees and Members - Updated(3.22.20)
- 3/20: Watch for COVID-19 Scammers - Updated(3.22.20)
- 3/19: What is the Club doing to combat COVID-19? - Updated(3.22.20)
- 3/16: Announcement from the Westbrook Village Association - COVID-19 - Updated(3.22.20)
WBVGC COVID-19 Updated Procedures with Q & A
Changes we have already put in place
- Tee-sheets are now beginning at 6:30AM.
- Pro Shops are open (3 Customers allowed in at one time).
- We have removed the “Attend, Plan and Go Home” signs.
- Charter clubs will remain random pairings with no game.
- Golf Shop Staff will be wearing face coverings while in the golf shop and interacting with customers.
Beginning with tee sheets on May 20th the following changes will occur
- We will allow a max of 8 linked tee-times (32 players).
- There will continue to be no shotguns or crossovers.
We will re-evaluate the conditions with the country wide reopening transition over the next few weeks for changes on June 1st
Question and Answers
Why are we not allowing shotguns or crossovers?
Why are we not allowing more than 32 players per groups?
Why are we not having Charter Club Games?
Why do we tee off on Hole 10 sometimes?
Why is the Lakes looking so much better than the Vistas?
When are we going to have a merchandise sale in the Golf Shop?
We will have a sale when we feel it is a safe time to have many people picking through items in the golf shop. Please be conscious of what you are touching and how many people are in the shop while you are looking through items.
Reflections from the President
Reflections from the President
I am enjoying the coolness of this May morning on the patio and reflecting on where we have been this year. The new temporary normal is getting a bit easier to deal with. Governor Ducey will revisit the next steps come May 15. As we continue our “stay at home” guidance and are still allowed to golf while abiding to social/physical distancing practices, some of those normal things begin to roll out in the usual way.
Our Superintendent and his crew start the transition requirements for the courses, deal with weeds and insects, schedule maintenance days and start earlier in the morning so we can get on and off the course before the heat drains the energy from our bodies and theirs. Click here for Course Maintenance Updates
Our Director of Golf and his crew are facing some new ways of accepting outside play via the Summer Cooler Pass sales. Unlocking the Pro Shops required some out of the box thinking and design. Pink arrows, limited to 3 in the shop at a time, pay by credit card, and how to manage the limited carts so physical distancing can continue via solo cart rules. We still want you to limit your time in the pro shop and please stand back from the counter as you conduct your business. Click here for Golf Shop Procedures
Our Rangers keep cleaning golf carts after each round and have them ready for morning and afternoon tee times. Our range pickers retrieve, clean and fill buckets of range balls for our practice times. Our range and practice greens continue to be restricted to members and players prior to their tee time.
Our Buildings and Facilities team continue to keep our on-course and locker room bathrooms clean, as well as handle a myriad repairs and touch up paint requirements. Please note the air conditioners are in full summer working order and therefore we have to keep the doors to the locker rooms closed.
Our Members have become exhausted with the lack of socializing that makes us such a special place. But the alternative is still a bit risky. So hang in there with “attend, play, go home” behaviors as long as social/physical distancing and “stay at home” rules are required.
Coronavirus has not been the only golf “life changing” event this year. The well caused some set backs at the Lakes. Although we were able to get the well repaired in November with 6 weeks of down time, the damage to the Lakes course takes a bit more time to heal. The scars of prepping and scalping the course for over seed and then NOT over seeding, limited to no water, excessive rain storms, and now the heat. But it is slowly returning to its beautiful self. Can’t control or rush Mother Nature for sure. It feels like watching paint dry or a pot of water to boil.
Your Board of Directors (BoD) gets no rest either. It is the time of year we begin to build the 2020/2021 golf year projected budget. It is a task that is difficult enough without having big question marks on how the summer outside play will affect our revenue of which we have relied on in the past.
Some additional and extraordinary issues that are becoming a reality in the near future are:
- The Official Notice that the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Arizona Management Area 4th Plan, will, in fact, reduce water allocations for ALL golf courses in the Valley effective 1 January 2023.
- The continued repair and expense of our water features at both courses.
- The review of Long Range Planning for Facilities, Expected Life Cycle of Golf Course Items and the Vistas Improvement Project.
- The continued aging by years and “hours of use” of all the maintenance equipment that keeps our course healthy, beautiful and playable.
- The retention and recruitment of members as we continue to deal with the unknowns about the Coronavirus.
- The renewal of Restaurant contracts for both Vistas and Lakes.
I remember the days I thought golf was just about going out and having a great time with friends and playing on a great course. Now, after serving on the BoD and as your President, I have learned that is the least of it. It reminds me of watching a Broadway play where all we see is the performance. When you look behind the performance to the rehearsals, costume designs and stage sets it is quite an eye opener. Think about that duck floating so easily across the pond. What you don’t see are those web feet and short legs paddling fast and hard to get there.
There is so much we don’t see happening in providing our golf entertainment. And that is just how our managers and staff like it. They only want YOU to enjoy, be happy, and be safe.
Thank you to the members who have shown such pride in YOUR Club. It shows in the way your respect our tees, greens and fairways, where you drive your carts, the attention to pace of play, your kind words to the staff, your patience as the Grounds crew get their work done and out of your way, your support by purchasing “take out” from the Vistas Links Grill take-out window, and your “attend, play, go home” positive behavior. Enjoy your summer no matter where it takes you and please stay safe and stay well.
In the next few emails I will be introducing the managers and staff that have kept you safe and the Club ready every day for your enjoyment as you escape from the confines of “stay at home” orders.
We will get through this together.
President's Update - Rules stay in place, but let's have some fun too!
MISS THAT TEAM “GAME” WHILE YOU PLAY IN A PHYSICAL DISTANCING WORLD?
Steve Karch and his RAZZ group with the creative mind of Mark McCarthy, are using a “virtual” bank to continue the competitive fun of the game and still stay safe. Great idea Steve. Here is how it works:
Everyone playing is “debited” the buy-in amount each week in a pseudo account and pay outs for the day will be “credited” to individuals in the same account.
One person maintains the account (the banker) until the covid-19 situation ends.
When things return to normal …and, it is reasonably safe to handle cash…the “settle up” is paid.
A spreadsheet is maintained to reflect each player’s balance in the account each week.
This is an outline of how the non-cash process will work:
- No money is to exchange hands on the first tee or at the end of the game.
- Do not gather around the clubhouse or after golf, please leave the area!
- At the end of 6 weeks (or longer if necessary) cumulative balances will be collected from or paid to individuals. A weekly spreadsheet will be distributed so you can track your current status.
- Members will be responsible to pay any owed balance when the non-cash program is terminated.
- If you are departing Arizona during this period, make sure the banker has your address and contact information. This will help expedite the payment and collection of funds.
- If you have a guest player, the banker will record both buy-ins and pay outs under your name. You will need to settle up with your guest.
So set up your games with a banker and virtual accounts. Play within all the CDC and physical distancing guidance. Together we can still stay safe, keep our employees and others safe, keep our Club and community safe, and still have FUN.
THE SIZE OF THE NOODLE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
Finding the best way to putt in and still ensure the safety of our members when retrieving the ball from the cup is serious and fun stuff to figure out. The inverted cups would not hold the ball from a chip in or long putt. The noodle worked pretty well except it was deep and reaching in the cup caused some concern. So, Ray Melton went into “test” mode.
David Escobedo cut 4 different size noodles. Ray gathered a team of folks on the Lakes practice green to experiment with the different heights.
The researchers included Ray, Rick Walker, Kathy Vogt, and Steve and Rita Jobe. They placed the different heights of the water noodle in the hole and tested which one meets the challenge of meeting safety standards while allowing for sinking the putt. They found the 3” noodle had no adverse restrictions/rejections on the ball staying in the cup and was easily retrieved using either a ball claw affixed to the putter grip or simply picking the ball our with our hands.
Thanks to our research team, David Escobedo and Jose Murillo will get those 3” noodles in the cups and we can all feel comfortable with the result. Now it won’t fix your putting skills, or lack there of, but Mike Frye, Director of Golf Instruction, can. The test lab is now closed!
Remember, if you have questions, concerns or would like to share a Golf and Distancing story feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Together we can do anything!
Please Practice Social Distancing Before, During and After Your Round to Help You, Your Friends, Employees and the Club!
We have been extremely fortunate to be classified as an essential service. This is not only fortunate for you and the club, but this is very fortunate for your employees. Please understand that not following social distancing before, during and after golf can put you, your ability to play, the club and the employees in jeopardy.
Westbrook Village Golf Club employs 72 people. If the club were to be told to shutdown due to public health concerns:
- 72 employees would be without a job
- You would no longer have an amazing outlet during this health crisis
- The golf club would have a long road ahead of them
Governor Ducey strongly recommended Arizonans to get outside. “Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.”
How can you help?
- Practice social distancing before, during and after play
- Take your own cart - (bring your own or rent)
- You are required to pay a cart fee if you use a WBVGC cart and do not have a cart plan
- The Golf Club has limited carts
- David Keller is offering prorated cart plans for those interested
- Follow CDC guidelines and the WBVGC COVID-19 precautions
- Stay home if you are not feeling well
- No gathering and keep your distance on the range, tee box and green
- No gathering after the round on the patios or open areas on the property
- Attend, play golf, and then go home
- Stay out of the Golf Shops (call ahead and pay ahead with a credit card 623.566.4548)
- Stay out of the Admin Office (623.566.4548 x102)
Club Championship Postponed Until November/December
Due to the health crisis that has taken the globe and the extended restrictions we have had to place upon the golf club, WBVGC has decided to postpone the 2020 Club Championship until November or December.
We are going to destroy all checks that were handed in and refund the two cash payments to those respective members.
Thank you for all who signed up for this fun event. We look forward to having you in our Winter Club Championship :)
Brandon Evans II
PGA Director of Golf
Our COVID-19 Precautions and Procedures are extended until further notice
Beginning March 18th until further notice:
- Tee-sheets will be single tee starting at 7:00AM or later. No cross-over or shotguns.
- Tee-time requests and groups are limited to a maximum number of six (6) tee-times. This includes all large groups.
- Charter league signups will continue for play. However, all players signed up will be randomly paired, placed on the tee sheet and there will be no game.
- In order to reduce gatherings in the pro shop, we ask only those that need to pay for golf or intend to purchase something, enter the golf shop.
- Members will be checked in via the windows.
- The Pro-shop Handicap computers will be unavailable. Please post your scores online or via the GHIN phone app.
- We will temporarily allow more than 2 carts per group if they feel it necessary. Any member requesting a WBVGC cart without the annual cart package will be required to pay a cart fee.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Your Board of Directors and Staff
COVID-19: What you should know
What is the coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they can be transmitted to humans and spread between people. Coronavirus COVID-19 reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a report out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
On March 11, 2020 WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. According to the WHO, a pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have immunity spreads around the world beyond expectations.
How it spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
People with a weakened immune system, older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness. For those, there’s a chance the virus could cause a more serious respiratory tract illness like pneumonia or bronchitis.
- Clean your hands often, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- The CDC’s primary recommendation for cleaning hands to limit the spread of COVID-19 is to wash them with soap and water. See here. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them by using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. (CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.)
- Check out the CDC’s recommendations on how to protect yourself and your family and for what the public should do.
- Prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community. Learn how to protect your home and family, and managing stress and anxiety.
- CDC suggests postponing routine dental and eyecare visits
Diagnosis occurs through laboratory testing of respiratory specimens and serum (blood). Some coronavirus strains cause the common cold and patients tested by their health care provider may test positive for these types. The COVID-19 strain can only be detected at a public health laboratory.
We’re monitoring the CDC website to stay up-to-date on the guidelines and directions with regard to testing. The CDC recommends:
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly-ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
If you do have a confirmed case, please be sure to notify your WBVGC Management.
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. COVID-19 patients should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
- Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
- Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact.
- Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
The duration of illness depends on the individual. Some people are only experiencing mild symptoms. People who are older, immunosuppressed or other comorbidities will likely have more advanced symptoms and be sicker longer. No specific data is available.
State of emergency declarations
Why have some of the impacted states in the U.S. declare a state of emergency? It’s all about preparedness. A state of emergency declaration, available to all state governments, allows officials to “unlock” additional resources such as funding, workers, and materials, in advance of an emergency. It also enables all levels of government to work together to ensure communities receive the assistance they need to respond to and recover from an emergency. Many states have granted state health officers the authority to declare public health emergencies such as disease outbreaks.
President’s Message to our Employees and Members
We have the best Manager’s and Staff EVER! They continue to love Westbrook Village Golf Club as much as we do. They put our safety above theirs. They look for ways to keep normal, normal. They do this despite their concerns for their own safety and security.
We have the best Members EVER! We are a family! We care about each other and our employees. It does not matter if we are from the east, west, north or south. From Canada. From Mexico. Or any part of the world. It just does not matter. We are a community of people who care about each other.
I promise you, the Directors on your Board, and every employee, are using all their talents to explore every opportunity to “get through” our current health concerns, to look into the future so our Club and community come out stronger than when we entered into this era of concern and every member is looking toward the tomorrow and the return to normalcy.
There are many challenges before us. But there are many opportunities as well. Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay who you are – special! Remember the chant at our 25th Silver Anniversary Dinner – “It’s the People” that make this place so special. Success is always about the people. The most important thing you can do today is to take care of yourself, your neighbor, your friends, our employees, our restauranteurs, our residents, our community.
To that end, I cannot stress enough how important it is we ALL follow the guidelines articulated on our COVID-19 page.
Watch for COVID-19 Scammers
It's important to always guard your Medicare card like a credit card and check your Medicare claims summary forms for errors. Only give your Medicare number to participating Medicare pharmacists, primary and specialty care doctors or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. Remember, most companies will never call you and for your credentials.
What is the Club doing to combat COVID-19?
President, Board of Directors, Managers and Staff’s Story for Golf Course Safety during these COVID-19 Days.
I feel certain you are all reading or listening to the constant changes relative to COVID-19. So I am not going to bore you with the general information. Instead, I am going to focus on how we have applied what we have learned from the CDC, PGA, and other sources relative to what we can do to keep healthy and safe while playing this wonderful game of golf.
While the virus is bad news for most business owners, golf is kind of the only game in town. That does not relieve us of our responsibility to look for ways to practice “social distancing” outdoors.
Let’s take a look at just some of the things that are equally critical for courses and players to consider before, during and after rounds are played. Our goal is to reduce the possibility of transmission of the coronavirus.
What WBVGC is doing to take smart and creative measures to combat the transmission of the coronavirus:
- We are now using single tees to reduce the congestion of before and after your rounds
- We have broken the large groups into smaller groups to help successfully perform “social distancing” habits for post game gathering.
- We are not scheduling “Charter Club” games so as to prevent the handling of cards, money, and need to go into the pro-shop. Each foursome can create your own game or just practice your skills.
- We are reducing your need to enter the pro shop. We ask you keep the number inside at no more than 5 at a time to reduce exposure to both staff and members.
- We are asking for NO CASH Credit Card payments only
- You may pay by credit card by calling the golf shops (623.566.4548)
- AAF and Household Punch cards may be brought to the golf shop and converted to electronic punches so that you no longer need to come in the golf shop.
- We are allowing the “solo cart rule” unless you are riding with someone you feel comfortable riding with.
- We are cleaning and sanitizing our bathrooms continuously through out the day.
- We are restricting outside play on our ranges and putting greens.
- We have removed the ball washer and ball washer towels to reduce transmission of virus.
- We are cleaning and sanitizing Club carts including all areas that are regularly touched.
- We are cleaning and sanitizing the Pro Shops throughout the day.
- Practice facilities are for members and players only.
- Practice green pins have been removed.
- Cups, lids and straws will be given out by staff.
- We are not allowing anyone to try on gloves or clothing (Please know your sizes).
- Any returned clothing will be held sanitized and held for 1 week before being put back out.
What our Restaurants are doing to help keep employees and patrons safe:
- Restaurants are Takeout Only
- Clean and sanitize common areas daily.
- Daily wash down of patio area with tables treated as listed above.
- Employees required to wash hands every 30 minutes or more frequently.
- Employees stay home if sick.
- Please do not rearrange the tables on the patios. They are arranged to maximize the space for “social distancing”.
- Links Phone 623 561 1681. Menu available at www.thelinksgrill.com.
- Bistro Phone 623 566 1132.
What our members and guests can do to help our Club and community stay safe:
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK!
- Arrive for your tee time in just enough time to warm up on the range before teeing off.
- Don’t spend more than 15 minutes on the range. Others want to use the range too.
- Walk if possible. You just might be healthier when this is over.
- Have your bags share the cart and you walk while your partner rides.
- Say hello with an elbow, a virtual hug, or a Japanese bow. No touchy!
- Bring your sanitizer and use it often.
- Don’t forget to wipe down your gloves too.
- Only handle your own clubs and bags.
- Play games for “ego” with no money transactions.
- ‘Touch free’ items include Flag sticks, rakes, ball washers.
- Give putts within “Gimme” range. Rule 3.3 of Rules of Handicapping state to add one stroke when a ball is within 5 feet of the hole.
- Remember when you touch something with your glove it is now just like your hand. So don’t touch your face, nose or eyes.
- Keep your sense of humor. Laughter is good for the soul. Just keep your space.
- Even if you don’t believe this is real, take the precautions for the others that do. Better safe than sorry.
How to post a score when not following ALL the rules in place of staying healthy:
Since we are not playing in tournaments, we recommend you use the “Gimme” putt rule, post your score according to Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping. This rule states that if you do not putt out, use the “most likely” score you would have received. They suggest that if you are within 5 feet of the hole you add one stroke to your existing score for the putt.
So what, now what?
We ask you please think of not just yourself, but others as well when at the course and restaurants. We do feel that the golf course is one of the safer places anywhere right now and we want to keep it that way. Everyone should be working from a position of an abundance of caution as we attempt to minimize person to person interaction. The Board, your employees, and your fellow members will greatly appreciate your doing your part. Everyday is a new day of learning about this virus so keep informed with the CDC for the latest updates.
Get out there and keep laughing and enjoying this wonderful game in the midst of world chaos. It might put everything back in perspective.
Here is your “virtual hug” from your Board, Managers, and Staff. Stay safe out there.
Announcement from the Westbrook Village Association - COVID-19
Westbrook Village Association
The Board unanimously decided to CLOSE all common area buildings in Westbrook Village, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. These closures will exist until at least April 1, 2020 with the Board of Directors and management team continuing to monitor the situation. This action was taken very seriously and with great concern for our residents and staff. We feel it is in the best interest of the entire Westbrook Village community.
Included in the closure are all common area buildings as well as their activities, including the administration office. Pools at both recreation centers will also be closed. All upcoming events, activities,
and meetings are cancelled.
Outdoor facilities (pickle ball, tennis, bocce ball, horseshoes) will continue to be open and available to WVA residents.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we collectively navigate the unusual circumstances associated with this pandemic.
Westbrook Village Association Board of Directors
Stay Healthy and Stay Safe!