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More kindness in the face of adversity

THERE’S more news of kindness coming out of our region’s golf clubs as North Wales Golf Course & Driving Range, in St Asaph has announced it is now opening an hour earlier in the mornings (8.30am) and dedicating that slot to NHS staff and other emergency workers to come and make use of the course or the driving range free of charge.

“It’s just a small way of us showing our admiration for the amazing work they are doing at the moment,” explained owner Steve Mueller.

“The situation keeps changing very quickly but the golf course is a very safe place to be providing the golfers follow some basic procedures and the driving range bays are 2.7m apart so that meets Government safety guidelines in terms of social spacing too.

“We’re doing all the things you would expect like regularly disinfecting door handles and baskets, we’ve turned the hole cups upside down out on the course and all payments made are contactless.

“Last week in the daytime it was a bit quieter with less of our regulars coming through the doors as many of them are elderly and had started self isolating. The evenings were just as busy as normal. The weekend was definitely much quieter than we would normally expect but then today (Monday) has been our busiest day on the golf course of the year.

“The weather was nice and I think people are already starting to get cabin fever being stuck at home.

“We’re working on a day-to-day basis at the minute with things moving so fast. I do anticipate there will be some form of lockdown, which is obviously when we will have to close.”

Steve, whose wife is a lawyer, was considering bringing his three young children into work with him, but his wife’s company are temporarily closing their office so she will be at home to look after them which helps.

Steve added: “Sue, who has worked in the shop here since day one finished on Thursday of last week as she has had to self isolate so at the minute there’s just two of us running the business.

“I’m pretty confident things will be ok generally for the golf industry when life gets back to normal. There will be changes but I think golfers will still be keen to play golf. It’s proven how good golf is for your mental health and I think lots of people will be looking to take their mind off things and get back to enjoying life on the golf course again.

“We’ve been working hard on social media to let the local community know we’re here and that we can be a bit of an outlet for them in these difficult times and we’ll continue to do that.

“So until we’re told otherwise, it’ll be business open as usual.”