- Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected - Golf Still Open - azgovernor.gov - 3.30.20
- Latest AZ coronavirus news: Updates from AZ Family Newsroom - AZ Family - LIVE
- 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
- Congress' $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, visualized - USA Today - 3.23.20
- World Health Organization says "the pandemic is accelerating" - CBS News - 3.23.20
- Member of Anthem Golf and Country Club tests positive for coronavirus - AZ Family - 3.22.20
- These states are ordering residents to stay home or shelter in place. What does that mean? - USA Today - 3.22.20
- COVID-19 closures cause overcrowding of Maricopa County regional parks - KTAR News - 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
- 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)
- 3/31: AZ "Stay at Home Order" - Golf is Allowed - Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected, Stay Golfing - Updated(3.31.20)
- 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)
- 3/23: Governor Ducey issues order that prohibits counties, cities and townships from closing golf courses - Updated(3.23.20)
- 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)
- 3/20: Links Neighborhood Grill Offering Groceries - Updated(3.22.20)
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)
AZ "Stay at Home Order" - Golf is Allowed - Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected, Stay Golfing
Governor Ducey issues “Stay at Home Order” effective end of business day on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. You may read the entire Executive Order here:
What does this mean to WBVGC members?
All practices that have been in place at WBVGC remain in place until further notice. Please adhere to WBVGC COVID-19 precautions and guidelines.
Governor Ducey strongly recommended Arizonans to get outside. "The weather is beautiful outside right now", Ducey said. "Find a way to get out and enjoy it with social distancing."
Westbrook Village Golf Club recommends, "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected, Stay Golfing".
Patios at both the Links Grill and Lakes Bistro are closed. Please do not gather on the patios.
AND FOR YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY
- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE, EYES, NOSE, MOUTH
- KEEP PHYSICAL DISTANCING AT 6 FT
- IF YOU FEEL SICK, STAY HOME
Governor Ducey was clear that outdoor activities, following physical distancing practices, are important to the health and well being for all.
He further states in the Executive Order:
To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence or property for Essential Activities, they shall to the extent possible maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from any other person, consistent with guidance from the CDC.
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
Governor Ducey issues order that prohibits counties, cities and townships from closing golf courses
On Monday, March 23, Governor Ducey issued an executive order detailing “Essential Services”. This executive order is very good for WBVGC as it deems golf as an essential service. The order specifically prohibits any county, city or town from restricting or prohibiting any person from performing any function designated by either the Governor, the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, or the Division of Emergency Management as an essential function during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Or more easily put… the City of Peoria and Maricopa County can not shut down golf courses that follow health guidelines.
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.
Links Neighborhood Grill Offering Groceries
During this time, there may be difficulty getting many essential items at the store or you might have to wait in long lines.
If you are unable to get to the store or need
Fruits, Vegetables, Milk or Eggs
Gabe and the Links Neighborhood Grill has your back.
Gabe Rivas, owner of the Vistas Links Neighborhood Grill, is offering to sell any of these items to members of the club and community from his restaurants or suppliers.
If there is something not listed he has offered to ask his suppliers if he can get it.
If you would like to purchase any food items from the Links Neighborhood Grill please email
Please include your name, affiliation and what you need in the email.
Gabe will respond back with availability and price
Thank you Gabe!