The Alberta golf industry is working hard to convince provincial medical officials that they can make it safe for people to head out and play golf.
Director of Communications for Alberta Golf, Kevin Smith, says getting courses open with safety measures in place is a win-win for everyone.
"Golf pumps in about $2.5 billion a year to the economy into the province and also employs more than 40,000 people. We really think, working with the government, we're optimistic that maybe golf might be one of those first non-essential businesses that does open up and we can help with physical health, mental health and the economy going forward."
He says a coalition of Alberta golf courses, pro's and superintendents are working with the government.
Smith says they have a solid plan to maintain social distancing on courses.
"You cannot show up more than 15 minutes before your tee time. You drive up, you go right into a sanitized golf court. One rider per cart, unless two people show up together, a which point you can have two. And you get out on the golf course. You social distance, you play the game, you never touch the flag or the pin, there's no rakes in the bunker, you're drinking bottled water, your not sitting on the benches, you're phoning food orders in. And then when you're finished there's no milling about, you get right in your car and you go home."
Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has so far refused to budge on her stance that golf is a non-essential business and as such much stay closed until further notice.
Written by Russell Skeet