ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The St. Bonaventure Golf Course announced it will allow golf beginning Tuesday, but with restrictions for adherence to safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New York State Golf Association received clarification last week from Empire State Development that courses could open as long as they abided by stringent guidelines.

A single course staff member will be stationed inside the golf shop to sign in course members and accept greens fees from non-members through the front window of the shop. Golfers will not be permitted inside the shop. Scorecards will be available.

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Unless the first tee is open, golfers — after paying their greens fees or signing in — will need to wait by their vehicles until the course staff member calls their group.

Golfers must walk. Motorized or pull carts will not be available for rental until further notice.

On the course, or on the practice putting green, golfers must maintain proper social distancing.

Flag sticks will remain in the holes and should not be touched. Styrofoam will be inserted into the cup, within a couple inches of the lip, so players do not have to reach to the bottom for their balls.

Both credit and debit card as well as cash transactions will be accepted. Exact change is strongly encouraged for golfers paying in cash.

SBU employees receive discounted single memberships for $100. Those interested can fill out an application form; payment options are detailed on the form. Membership cards will be mailed to employees’ homes once a payment has been processed.

Employee family members are also eligible for a discounted rate and can email Mary Beth Fidurko at for details.

Information on daily rates is available here.

The food shack on the first tee will remain closed until further notice. Detailed COVID-19 safety precautions will be posted at the course.

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