- Maricopa County passes proclamation making masks required throughout county - abc15.com - 6.19.20
- City of Peoria issues Proclamation for Facial Coverings effective June 22 - peoriaaz.gov - 6.19.20
- 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
CDC Briefing Room: March 14th, 2020
6 Steps to Prevent COVID-19
What Older Adults Need To Know
Symptoms of COVID-19
- 7/24: Face Coverings are required to enter the golf shops - Updated(7.24.20)
- 6/20: Maricopa County and City of Peoria Face Covering Requirements for WBVGC - Updated(6.20.20)
- 6/21: COVID-19 Golf Rules Q&A "When is a ball holed?" - Updated(6.21.20)
- 6/21: Touchless Charter Clubs to begin after July 4th - Updated(6.21.20)
- 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)
- 3/14: 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(6.21.20)
Face Coverings are required to enter the golf shops
- Guests and Non-Members that give the staff a difficult time will be asked to leave.
- Members that give the staff a difficult time will be referred on to the Board of Directors'.
Maricopa County and City of Peoria Face Covering Requirements for WBVGC
As of yesterday, both Maricopa County and the City of Peoria have proclamations requiring face coverings. It is all a bit convoluted as the Maricopa County proclamation went into affect today and the City of Peoria proclamation goes into affect Monday, so we will do our best to describe.
- Everyone is required to wear a face covering when in an enclosed public space where six feet of distance cannot be maintained, excluding certain exemptions.
- The City of Peoria requires everyone to wear a face covering in any public space where social distancing can not be maintained, excluding certain exemptions.
- All businesses that deal face to face with the public or other employees must require their employees to wear a face covering.
How does this effect you at WBVGC?
For the golf aspect, it should not change much. However, you will be required to wear a mask when in the Proshops, Restaurants and Admin office.
Until Monday, inside the golf shops, masks will be suggested, but not required unless you intend to be there for more than 5 minutes. The golf shop has been only allowing a maximum of 3 people in the shop at a time with rules and specific areas to stand. There is adequate space to maintain six feet social distancing when followed. If we have difficulty with people not following the rules we will make masks a requirement.
The golf shop staff has been and will continue to wear masks when interacting with customers. This is now a requirement of both the Maricopa County and City of Peoria proclamations.
When are you supposed to wear a mask?
Anytime you are in a public setting where social distancing measures (6 ft apart) can not be met.
Do you need to wear a mask to golf?
No, but please maintain social distancing. You are outdoors and have plenty of space to stay clear of others.
Are people required to take a cart by themselves?
No. If you live within the same household/residence or ride in the same car to the golf course you do not need to take separate carts. According to the mandates, you will be required to wear a mask if you choose to ride in a cart with someone that is not in the same household/residence.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved in a 5-0 vote on June 19 to require face masks countywide. The Maricopa county regulations are to act as a minimum standards for Face Coverings and cities, towns, other public entities or private entities may enforce further regulations. The regulations went into effect at midnight on Saturday, June 20.
In addition, City of Peoria, Mayor Cathy Carlat, issued a proclamation requiring everyone to wear face masks in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The City of Peoria regulation goes into effect Monday, June 22, at 6 a.m.
What do these proclamations actually say?
Maricopa County Proclamation (Those that must wear masks)
- People older than six in enclosed public spaces (where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained)
- Adults with children 2 to 5 years old must make reasonable effort to make them wear masks inside enclosed public spaces
- All riders and operators on public transportation
- Staff working in public spaces (such as restaurants or stores)
Maricopa County Exemptions (Those that are not required to wear masks)
- The regulations do not apply to people in home
- Children under 2 years old
- Restaurant patrons while they are eating and drinking
- People walking or exercising outdoors (while maintaining six feet of distance)
- When in a personal vehicle, office or other personal space
City of Peoria Proclamation
- Six years of age or younger
- Medically unable to tolerate a face covering
- Individuals whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a Face Covering
- Unable to remove a face covering without assistance
- Engaged in outdoor recreation while maintaining a 6 foot distance from individuals who are not members of the same household or residence
- In the process of consuming food or drink at a restaurant
- In settings where a person is in the receipt of dental services, medical treatments, while swimming, playing organized group rot ream sports, exercising or where otherwise not feasible.
- Others exempt under CDC guidelines.
COVID-19 Golf Rules Q&A "When is a ball holed?"
COVID-19 has currently changed how we play the game of golf, however there are a few areas we are seeing that seems to be confusing to members and guests.
When is a ball holed?
A ball is determined to be holed when the ball is at rest (Not moving) and any part of the ball is inside the hole.
If I hit the pin and it bounces out is that holed?
No. A part of the ball must be inside the hole when it is at rest (not moving).
If my ball hits the foam and bounces out, is that holed?
No. Again, a ball is determined to be holed when the ball is at rest (Not moving) and any part of the ball is inside the hole.
That seems pretty straight forward and it is, however in regards to posting of scores it gets a bit confusing as the score you post might not necessarily be the same as the score you shot for the game you were in.
The USGA has added a temporary amendments for positing and handicap purposes for COVID-19. Two of these TEMPORARY amendments are the following:
- If you determine that, in your best judgment, your ball would have been holed more than 50% of the time had there not been a foam (or other material) insert, you must record your score for handicap purposes ONLY as if the ball was holed.
- if you determine that, in your best judgment, that you would have wanted to remove the pin but we're not allowed to under club rules and your ball would have been holed more than 50% of the time had you removed the pin, you must record your score for handicap purposes ONLY as if the ball was holed.
These amendments are for score posting only, they are not to be used in events unless your group adds them to your group rules and remember, they are temporary.
All else fails, a round played under these conditions will result in an acceptable score for handicap purposes using the most likely score guidelines (see Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping).
Touchless Charter Clubs to begin after July 4th
With the numbers in Arizona continuing to rise we are going to stay patient and continue our slow approach back into golf as we knew it. Currently we are seeing many groups continue to have games and increasingly not following social distancing or safe practices. To aid in the safety of members, beginning the week of July 6th the Golf Shop will begin to conduct the charter league play with a touchless approach.
Touchless... what does this mean?
- Signups will be via phone and online only. Please call in or register before the deadline.
- All scoring will be done electronically within the Golf Genius Mobile App
- One member of the group must enter all players scores
- Scorecards will not be handed out or returned
- Each group player will be responsible for making sure their scores are accurate
- Golf Genius GGID will be provided via email and/or text message
- Charter league event fees will be paid using Golf Shop Credit Book
- You may add money to your shop account by contacting the golf shop
- We are also working on a method to be able to add credit book money online
- There will be no CTP's until further notice.
- Skins money will not be collected or distributed via the golf shop
- A list of skins participants must be provided to the golf shop by a designated charter league member by end of day if you would like results calculated.
- If social distancing is not promoted or practiced via any skins games in charter leagues they will be temporarily removed.
- All play will be by straight tee-times
- There will only be online scoreboards
- We will only play games that are able to be scored in Golf Genius
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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:
- 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.
- 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.