County alters rules for municipal golf course

Effective Monday, the county Department of Parks and Recreation will make changes to the interim rules in place at Hilo Municipal Golf Course.

Reservations will be accepted by phone only between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, and may be made up to seven days in advance. Only one tee time reservation may be made per phone call.

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Daily tee time reservations will be available at eight-minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Groups will continue to be limited to four players.

Additionally, tee time reservations for players wanting to play nine holes will be available on the back-nine at eight-minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

The wearing of face masks/coverings at the facility, except during play, is still required as are adherence to social distancing policies and hand sanitizing procedures.

Those who have COVID-19 related symptoms or are otherwise sick should stay home to prevent exposure to fellow golfers and course staff.

On the course, raised cups continue to be implemented, flagsticks are not allowed to be removed, and benches, water fountains and ball-washing stations remain out of service.

All golfers are advised to bring drinking water with them.

Resumption of club play, as well as the availability of making reservations through the end of the year, are anticipated to commence in July, barring any unfavorable developments.

The golf pro shop and driving range facilities will continue to operate under modified procedures implemented by the concessionaire.

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The restaurant facility is anticipated to reopen for business in the near future under modified procedures.

For more information contact the Hilo Muni starters’ office at 959-7711.

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