Golf Course Maintenance Approved by County
The following is a message from AGP on maintenance activities on the courses that have been approved by Sonoma County during the shelter-in-place order. Many of you who are on the AGP email list should have received this earlier.
Maintenance Update | April 8, 2020
We’d like to share new information about maintenance on the golf courses with you. After some back and forth, the county has decided that mowing on a limited basis falls under our minimum basic operations. We referenced these minimum basic operations a few emails ago, and their purpose is to protect business inventory.
Moving forward, we will be mowing the greens twice a week and all other areas once a week. On mowing days, cut debris will be blown into a pile only between noon and 3:30 pm. For safety reasons, we will also cut tall grassy areas, trim trees, and remove trees and dead wood to extinguish fire hazards.
Additionally, maintenance employees will adhere to the following guidelines:
- Posted signage will remind staff of social distancing and sanitation restrictions
- Employees will only work at structured and staggered times
- Employees will bring their own lunch and eat in their cars
- Equipment will be marked with name tags and used only by one person
- Employees will use sanitizing towels to wipe off equipment when starting and ending their workdays
- Employees will only enter the maintenance building to use the restroom, wash their hands, or shower
- Employees will maintain social distancing at all times
The United States Golf Association has issued minimum maintenance guidelines for golf courses to follow during the COVID-19 outbreak. These guidelines cover mowing, irrigation, plant protectants and fertilizers, bunker maintenance, and equipment maintenance. These guidelines may be found here.
These guidelines recognize that unlike stores and restaurants, golf courses are living things. Golf course maintenance can’t bring a course back to regular playing conditions simply or quickly after a period of neglect. Neglect can also lead to health and safety hazards such as the spread of mosquitos, infestations of various damaging animals, and greater fire risk.
Please direct all questions to Greg Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley of the Moon Club
7025 Oakmont Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95409