Recreation Oak Bay’s Henderson Golf Course. (Black Press Media file photo)

Golf returns Monday to Henderson Park, but ‘no high-fives’

Online booking only, bring your own clubs and scorecards

Oak Bay’s Henderson Park public golf course is reopening on May 11 and with many new rules.

Henderson, which is a Par 3 or pitch-and-putt, is one of the only municipal golf courses in Greater Victoria and the only public course in Oak Bay. The decision to reopen the course comes as the District of Oak Bay is developing a recovery plan in accordance with the public health guidelines and directions from the province.

For the time being, adults playing Henderson are asked to limit to groups of two, unless it’s a family foursome with two adults and two kids. All booking is done online ahead of time, no walk-ons, and players must bring their own equipment.

READ ALSO: Emergency measures used to whittle Oak Bay budget down 1.2 per cent

Another rule is not to touch the pin when putting. Instead, the cup is upside down, just one of the many changes Oak Bay has listed on its COVID-19 pandemic policy that players are asked to read before visiting the course.

“I’m happy to see that we’re able to open golf again but be aware, it’s a different experience than we’re used to,” said Mayor Kevin Murdoch. “If you are going to play, please follow the rules. I know it’s a popular tradition for a lot of families to play there.”

So how will putting work? “The cup is upside down and your ball will tap the pin with a small drop inside cup,” states the Oak Bay website. “Then, you use your club to retrieve the ball.

Groups are asked not to allow joining players. The course will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tee times must be reserved online at oakbay.ca/parks-recreation or by phone at 250-370-7200.

There’s also no high-fives or handshakes and physical distancing for non-household members is “not optional,” state the rules.

Score cards will not be provided but can be downloaded online ahead of time from the oakbay.ca/parks-recreation website.

READ MORE: Oak Bay closes rec centres amid COVID-19 pandemic

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

One of the squirrels who ended up having their tails amputated after getting them stuck together with tree sap. (Facebook/Wild ARC)
Sibling squirrels in recovery after sap situation leads to tail amputation

BC SPCA Wild ARC says squirrels will be released back into wild, fifth sibling was euthanized

Joanne Smith has been visiting Goldstream Provincial Park since she moved to Langford two years ago. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Visitors flock to Goldstream Provincial Park for 2020 salmon run

‘I wanted to come here before I move back to Australia,’ says visitor

Saanich Police are investigating a broken window at the Greater Victoria School District office. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich police suspect slingshot used to break window at SD61 office

Police find bearing, or pellet below broken window at school board

Emily Harris (centre) started the in-person Monarch Moms meet-up groups in July, when it was much easier to physical distance in outdoor spaces. Harris started the group as a source of connection for women navigating the ups and downs of having a baby during a pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Victoria new mom group navigates challenges of motherhood in a pandemic

Monarch Moms meet once a week for physically-distanced connection

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
More and more electric cars are on the road, but one Chevy Bolt owner was shocked to see how much his BC Hydro bill skyrocketed once he started charging the vehicle. (Black Press file photo)
Lower Mainland man sees significant spike in BC Hydro bill after buying electrical vehicle

An increase should be expected, but Brian Chwiendacz experienced a 200-plus per cent hike

The Anonymous YVR is an Instagram page that reviews restaurants and other establishments around B.C. based on how well they adhere to COVID-19 rules. (Instagram)
Anonymous Instagram page reviews COVID-19 safety measures at B.C. businesses

There are a number of public health orders various types of establishments must follow to slow virus’s spread

Jordan Naterer, an electrical engineer from Vancouver, was last seen Saturday Oct. 10. (Facebook photo)
Search efforts to resume for missing Manning Park hiker; Trudeau speaks on case

PM says he’ll do what he can to ‘nudge’ efforts to find Jordan Naterer, yet has little leverage locally

Smartphone showing various applications to social media services and Google. (Pixabay photo)
National media calling for level playing field with Google, Facebook

In Canada, Google and Facebook control 80 per cent of all online advertising revenues

FILE – A voting package for the 2018 electoral reform referendum. Vote-by-mail packages for the 2020 provincial election will look similar, according to information provided by Elections BC. (Katya Slepian - Black Press Media)
POLL: Have you voted yet?

As election day quickly approaches, hundreds of thousands of British Columbians have… Continue reading

École de L’Anse-au-sable. (Google Maps)
B.C. records first COVID-19 outbreak at school, six weeks after students return to class

Three cases of the virus have been identified at École de L’Anse-au-sable

Most Read