County golf courses now allowed to use carts

Spring Valley and other area golf courses are now able to offer motorized carts. (Pioneer file photo)

Spring Valley and other area golf courses are now able to offer motorized carts. (Pioneer file photo)

REED CITY - Golf courses are open, motorized carts can be used and leagues are starting to form.

So things are back to normal, right?

Well, not entirely.

Late last week, the governors' office allowed the use of carts, Spring Valley Golf Course official Sharon McGreehan in Reed City, said.

"It's going to make a difference as far as the leagues go," she said. "For instance on Monday, that's the senior men. A lot of them don't walk the course anymore. Now they won't have to. They can ride. What we need is a little break in the weather at this point."

Temperatures were in the 40s on Monday.

The Monday Masters League men go out between 1:30 and 3 p.m. The Monday Ladies league starts from 4 to 5:45 p.m.

"They come in and I send them right out," McGreehan said.

There is also a Tuesday night men's league, Wednesday morning ladies, Thursday night men, Friday couples and Sunday scramble.

Because of social distancing regulations, golfers can't congregate inside the clubhouse. They come in and then go to play. No one is allowed to be in the clubhouse for any length of time.

The kitchen is closed, McGreehan added.

Owners of The Intimidator Golf Course, a 9-hole facility, 2 ½ miles west of Hawkins on East 17 Mile Road, are Mark and Tracy Lenahan.

Tracy said the Tuesday and Thursday leagues, both men, are starting this week. Both have 6 p.m. teeoffs.

Being able to use carts is a major development, Tracy said.

"We actually had people walking too," she said. "People were excited to get out. We had good play even with the walking. We still have customers who could use carts but are still opting to walk."

Birch Valley Golf Course's Lynn Bay said his course, six miles east of Evart, was now renting out golf carts.

"We don't have any league's starting right now, just the show up league," Bay said. "They're not starting now because of the coronavirus. We don't know yet (about leagues). All the outings we had scheduled through June have been canceled. There's been two canceled in July. We hope to get warm weather now."

Tustin Trails Golf Course has been open for a couple of weeks and is now using carts.

"We had good business on all the nice days so far but most of those were when you had to walk," course superintendent Ken Kanouse said.

He added leagues were starting on Monday.

The course normally has leagues with Sunday afternoon couples, Monday afternoon men (3:30), Tuesday afternoon men, Tuesday morning ladies, Wednesday evening ladies, Thursday morning show up scramble, Thursday night social league, Saturday morning poker scramble and Sunday morning showup team/skins/greens league.