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Sunset Golf Course opens, but with many changes; here's what you need to know so you aren't teed off

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Sunset Golf Course, which is owned by Londonderry Township, is now open for play.

Golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds were allowed to reopen statewide May 1, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday, as part of lifting some restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The course is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Pennsylvania and has made numerous changes to the golf course and operations “to assist in providing the safest golf experience possible for our members, guests and staff,” it said in an email.

“While understanding the real threat of the current conditions, Sunset is trying to provide some level of physical activity and limited social interaction. Establishing a balance during a very difficult situation will be challenging. However, we are working to implement processes and practices to meet this dual objective,” it said.

Sunset has removed all ball washers, benches, sand rakes and divot bottles, and raised cups are being used. When the ball strikes the cup, the putt is good. Do not touch the flagsticks or cups.

Tee markers remain and should not be touched.

Maintain at least 6 feet from each of your playing partners while on the tee box and green. Social distancing is mandatory, the course said.

Other changes to the course and its processes to golf include:

• The clubhouse, pro shop and grill room are closed to the public. Portable toilets will be available in the front of the clubhouse.

• The number of tee times have been reduced in order to help with social distancing.

• All players must have a tee time, with no exceptions. To book a tee time, visit sunsetgc.com. Walking on is prohibited at this time.

• Golfers will follow the social distancing rule along the cart path leading up to the clubhouse. Proceed to the takeout window on the deck and be checked in. Credit and debit cards only will be accepted. There will be no cash transactions. Masks are required at check-in, with no exceptions

• Try to designate one person to pay for the number of players in your group. Once paid, a cart key will be issued allowing you to proceed to first tee box and begin play. Maintain pace of play. Carts will be sanitized.

• Food and beverage are not available. You many bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. People not adhering to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board laws will be removed immediately without a refund. Trash cans will be located at all tee boxes.

• The driving range and putting green are closed.

• When finishing your round, return the cart to the designated cart return area. There will no loitering in the parking lot.