SCHENECTADY — The city’s municipal golf course opens for the season Wednesday, with first tee times at 8 a.m., and Mayor Gary McCarthy is expected to drive the ceremonial first ball during a grand opening planned for 9 a.m.
Opening Day on the 86-year-old, 6,600-yard, 18-hole facility is “booked solid,” Fred Mullins of the golf course said Tuesday.
Golfers can book tee times up to two days in advance, while season pass holders can book three days ahead. Mullins noted however that booking for season pass holders is capped at the first 15 pass holders so that they aren’t allowed to dominate the tee times.
Tee times can be reserved at https://foreupsoftware.com/index.php/booking/20480/4739#/teetimes, or (518) 382-5155.
Only walkers are allowed this week. Golf carts can’t be used until next week, when staff will be deployed to clean, detail and disinfect them after use during continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mullins said.
The course will allow two golfers per cart, with both players required to wear face masks, Mullins said.
Staff is looking forward to a great season after a long winter, he added.
Other rules include no carts in the parking lot, and golfers may not bring their own alcohol onto the course.
The Municipal Grille restaurant will open during all golfing hours. Leagues begin the third week of April, operating through Labor Day.
Last year, the pandemic forced the course to close temporarily, reopening in late April. The first four or five weeks were walkers only, and there were greater restrictions, such as one player to a cart for a time, and then two to a cart provided the players were from the same family or same vehicle, Mullins said. Those restrictions are no longer in effect.