STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Oak Knoll Golf Course reopens under strict social distancing guidelines

The Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission reopened the golf course on Friday and it will stay open as long as social distancing is followed.

Posted: May 1, 2020 4:26 PM
Updated: May 1, 2020 6:20 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — After being shut down for over a month during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Oak Knoll Golf Course reopened on May 1 under strict social distancing guidelines.

Ashland Parks and Recreation listed the following requirements in a press release for the course during this stage of the reopening process:

  • Golfers must "practice physical distancing and stay a minimum of six (6) feet from others. Physical distancing marshals will be out on the course to ensure compliance."
  • "The clubhouse will remain closed. Transactions will occur at the transaction-window and only credit cards will be accepted, no cash."
  • "Rakes, ball washers, and benches have been removed to limit contact."
  • "Players will also notice cup liners in the hole; please do not remove the flagstick."
  • "Groups of three or less are permitted to play, foursomes will not be allowed."
  • "Pull carts and rental sets will not be available."
  • "Walking is encouraged. If you would like a cart, the carts are single rider only. (Exceptions may be made if players are from the same household, with regular interactions. We are not taking reservations for golf carts.)"
  • "Some mats have been removed on the driving range to ensure physical distancing. You may have to wait."

RELATED: Social distancing with golf


During the first day of play, Oak Knoll's Golf Course Manager and Head PGA Professional Patrick Oropallo was happy with how golfers were taking the new changes.

"I'm hearing cautious optimism," Oropallo said. "People are happy to be back, they're happy to be golfing. They love being outside, but they want to do it in a way that feels safe."

And the golfers reiterated what Oropallo said as they enjoyed getting back out on their home course after not being able to play it since first closed on March 23.

"Physical distancing: golf was built for it," said Joe Maurer, an Ashland resident since 1975. "Bottom line is yeah, I'm really happy the course is back open again."

The on-site restaurant, Mary's BBQ also reopened on Friday, serving meals-to-go and to eat while out on the course.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32994

Reported Deaths: 547
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7204138
Marion469594
Washington454060
Umatilla298741
Clackamas242061
Malheur163327
Lane123417
Jackson11615
Deschutes85212
Yamhill76213
Jefferson5418
Polk53215
Linn52213
Morrow5056
Lincoln48213
Union4462
Benton3146
Wasco2963
Klamath2802
Hood River2520
Douglas2334
Clatsop2170
Josephine1982
Columbia1791
Coos1570
Baker942
Crook621
Tillamook530
Lake330
Curry310
Wallowa311
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 812711

Reported Deaths: 15633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2684556515
Riverside589321206
San Bernardino54482925
Orange534481216
San Diego46734776
Kern31994369
Fresno28441382
Sacramento22356406
Santa Clara21241314
Alameda21240406
San Joaquin20245441
Contra Costa16640206
Stanislaus16471356
Tulare15970263
Ventura12775150
Imperial11852317
San Francisco11195101
Monterey995372
San Mateo9897150
Santa Barbara9090113
Merced8872142
Kings765180
Sonoma7412122
Marin6730118
Solano640065
Madera453965
Placer358745
San Luis Obispo356229
Butte283344
Yolo281555
Santa Cruz23609
Sutter170511
Napa169013
San Benito134811
Yuba11537
El Dorado11304
Mendocino93418
Shasta88317
Lassen7400
Glenn5783
Tehama5735
Lake55511
Nevada5377
Colusa5316
Humboldt5088
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18815
Mono1662
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 93°
Brookings
Few Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 70°
Crater Lake
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 82°
Grants Pass
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 88°
Klamath Falls
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 82°
Hot and dry week, smoke returns
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Tuesday, September 29 morning weather

Image

Possible housing solutions after wildfires

Image

Monday, September 28th Evening Weather

Image

Similarities in days had southern Oregonians on edge

Image

Monday, September 28 afternoon weather

Image

Monday, September 28 morning weather

Image

Sunday, September 27 evening weather

Image

Sunday, September 27 morning weather

Image

The initial spread of the Almeda Fire in real-time

Image

Saturday, September 26 evening weather