By Morgan Taylor, Reporter
EUFAULA, Oklahoma – Life has slowly began returning to normal for some businesses. The Fountainhead Creek Golf Course is one of the first to re-open as of Monday, May 18. It has been over a month since the course has shut down. The course is located in the Eufaula State Park.
Director of Tourism and Recreation Kyle Lee said the course is taking extra precautionary measure to protect employees, members and customers.
“In the pro-shop where people check in a piece of Plexiglas has been put up in order to protect the staff and the people who are golfing,” Lee said. “We have put out extra hand sanitizer all around, we clean the carts more thoroughly with upgraded cleaners after each use.”
Golfers are being presented with the option to have one golfer per cart by not charging then for the second care if it is two people.
“Luckily golf is outside and you can easily practice social distancing while golfing, the only interaction is in the clubhouse where people pay and we have been sure to keep that as safe as possible,” said Lee.
The golf club is also offering a limited menu for patrons.
“We are serving mostly prepackaged food with the exception of a few items that don’t require a lot of contact.” Lee said.
Currently there are no requirements to limit the amount of people who can be on a golf course at one time.
“If the course gets that busy and it becomes an issue, we will confront it then but I don’t believe in that being an issue,” said Lee.
With the exception of high-risk employees, Fountainhead employees were able to continue working. Updates and renovations were made during the shut down.
“We have spent time while the course was closed making upgrades. We worked with the Tribal Construction making some renovations on the clubhouse and added a 70-inch TV. We painted and rearranged the pro-shop and made it a bit more modern. We got new beer coolers and more beer selections. We are having new signs made that we will put outside. We made the most of our time by continuing to work on the on grounds and the course looks as good as ever,” said Lee.
Fountainhead staff were able to maintain working during the COVID-19 shut down other than the high-risk employees explained Lee.
“We were left with about four or five guys working that maintained the grounds, which was a job we couldn’t stop doing.”
The golf course is launching membership packages and offering more beer selections to help promote the opening.
“I’ve been making a lot of trips to Fountainhead and working with our supervisor Larry Patterson to oversee the upgrades and make sure the course was ready to reopen. We launched membership packages that Fountainhead hasn’t had in a couple years. We have different options for the family or single memberships,” said Lee.
For those interested in visiting or needing further information contact Fountainhead Creek Golf Course at 918-689-3209.