Some golf courses remain open, adjust operations during COVID-19 shutdown

The golf course at Milburn Country Club is still open to members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Milburn staff shared new protocol to maintain safe social distancing and limit contact among members.

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Some golf courses in the Shawnee Mission area may be an option for people who want to get outside and enjoy some exercise while practicing safe social distancing.

The golf course at Milburn Country Club in Overland Park remains open for members to use. An email distributed to members on Tuesday afternoon provides instructions and guidelines on practicing safe social distancing, and describes staff’s efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The golf course at Mission Hills Country Club is also open for members only, although golf carts will not be made available.

As of Thursday morning, both St. Andrews and Sykes/Lady Overland Park golf courses are open for play. Curt Nelson, general manager of the Overland Park Golf Division, said patrons will have a “touchless golf experience.” This means the clubhouses will be closed to the public, as well as the restrooms at Sykes/Lady. The restrooms at St. Andrews will be accessible. More details are on the city’s golf division website.

In the meantime, the public golf courses in Leawood remain closed.

Milburn staff emailed members Tuesday afternoon thanking them for their continued patronage.

“It is amazing the support and kind words that we have received at this unique time,” Milburn staff wrote in the email. “As you know, the health and well being of the membership and staff is paramount and we are using as many best practices as we can to facilitate as much play and eliminate as many touch points as possible. This week looks to be blessing us with some warm and sunny weather, which will mean that we will have plenty of play at the club.”

Milburn reported 175 players were scheduled to play on Wednesday, which requires “a great deal of coordination to make sure that we are facilitating as much social distancing as possible.”

Access to much of Milburn’s club building is restricted, although members may use the restrooms. Professional staff will gather any items needed from the locker rooms, and access to the bag room is also restricted.

The practice facilities at Milburn are also set up differently to reduce contact points among members. Milburn staff asked that members only use the range for warm up purposes only; likewise, the range is set up for members to use every other station to maintain social distancing.

Milburn staff also asked members to use their own golf balls in the short game area.

“Please know that our ultimate goal is to provide a safe environment, all the while endeavoring to maintain as high as level of service as possible,” Milburn staff wrote.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated Thursday morning to reflect new information: Overland Park’s public golf courses are now open.