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Itching to golf? Here's what you need to know before making a tee time.

Courses set to open with new rules on Friday

The pro shop at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb is empty Wednesday as the course has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The pro shop at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb is empty Wednesday as the course has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Golf will be back Friday in the state of Illinois as courses have the green light to resume operations, although things will look a little different.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released its golf operational restrictions with golf courses set to open again as early as 6 a.m. on Friday.

Golf carts will not be allowed except for individuals with a physical disability or physical limitations that prevent them from walking the course. Practice ranges, chipping greens and putting greens will also remain closed.

Golf courses will be required to take bookings online or over the phone, and players will be grouped into twosomes. There will also be a minimum of 15 minutes between tee-times.

There will also need to be signs on the course describing operational changes, which include no congregating, the increased frequency of cleaning, no handshakes, and maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet between players.

Only private pull carts will be allowed. Renting them from the course will not be permitted.

The bottom of the cup will be elevated, by either turning it upside down or using Styrofoam in the bottom of the cup. Flags will not be allowed to be removed from the cup either.

Clubhouses, halfway houses, and pro shops will remain closed and beverage and snack carts will be prohibited.

Courses will also operate a minimum basic operations staff to limit contact, such as a starter, course manager, maintenance crew, and kitchen staff to prep to-go only food service.

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