Golf Course Maintenance Best Practices – COVID-19
Below is a list of management practices being implemented at the PGA of America’s courses to assist our golf course maintenance teams in the current environment with heightened concerns surrounding COVID-19. As most golf courses will continue to operate in these challenging times, these practices will support a safer work environment for our employees. Additionally, our executive team will continue to monitor and align with any updated recommendations of the CDC, World Health Organization, as well as in state and local officials.
- No visitors will be allowed on or within the golf course maintenance facility. This includes outside distributors and manufacturer representatives. Meetings can be held via telephone, hangouts meet, zoom or other platforms.
- All uniform and laundry services suspended. If uniform laundry service is used, all employees will be responsible for laundering their own uniforms for the time being.
- Deliveries to the site should have a designated “drop zone” and communicated to all distributors. This area is recommended outside of the golf course maintenance facility so that team members can properly handle, disinfect and store properly.
- Disinfectant spray to be available at time clock. Each employee is required to wipe down time clock after use.
- All employees required to wash hands for 20 seconds prior to the start of their shift.
- Locker room facilities to be cleared of all belongings. Additional uniforms, gear and all belongings can be kept in personal vehicle on-site. No personal belongings allowed to be stored on-site.
- Breakroom facilities (i.e. coffee pots, vending machines, refrigerators and microwaves) to be suspended immediately. Coolers are suggested for meals and personal beverages and stored in personal vehicle.
- Management and office personnel to practice social distancing and to not share personal desk space or belongings within the office. Office doors to remain closed and locked at all times to insure solitary access.
- To ensure appropriate social distancing rules of 6 feet or more between all employee’s, staff meetings to be held in open air space such as parking lot or large storage bays. Staff sizes greater than ten need to stagger start times for staff or conduct split shifts. No one to congregate in groups in confined areas.
- No employees are permitted in mechanics area. Equipment Managers should take all necessary precautions to ensure all tools and key touch points are cleaned and wiped down regularly (i.e. grinders, workbenches and commonly used tools). All mechanics should use good hand hygiene and wear protective latex gloves during work hours.
- Equipment such as carts and radios could be assigned pending staff size. Protocols for cleaning all touch points on all equipment put in place immediately. Staff to be responsible for disinfecting equipment prior to and post operation. Disinfectant at key tool stations should be available for staff to wipe down tools prior to and after use. (i.e. shovel, rakes, fuel cans, cup cutters etc.)
- Management to set guidelines for cleaning facilities three times daily (In morning after staff arrivals and teams depart to golf course, after lunch hour and at the end of the shift once everyone has departed for the day. Focus on all key touch points (time clocks, door knobs, restrooms, tables, chairs, sinks, computers/keyboards etc.)
- Key staff members who are responsible for specific areas such as Irrigation Foreman and Application Foreman need to be responsible for all inventories and cleanliness of respected areas. Other team members (outside of management) will not be allowed in designated areas without specific permission.
Note: The above best practices have been provided by PGA Properties.
From the Golf Course Superintendents of America (GCSAA): COVID-19 Pandemic Resources