COVID-19: IA to Chicago Golfers "Go Home"

Apr 8, 2020

A golf course in Iowa is kicking out all golfers from other states during the pandemic.

Credit / Scott County Park & Glynns Creek Golf Course

Michelle O'Neill reports Glynns Creek Golf Course in Scott County is just enforcing the governor's orders.

In Illinois, all golf courses are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But that's not the case in Iowa. 

Screenshot of the 18-hole golf course
Credit / Scott County Park & Glynns Creek Golf Course

Ed Rivers, head of the Scott County Health Department says this week, the county conservation board had to limit golfing at Glynns Creek to Iowa residents only.

Staff at the golf course said a significant number of golfers were from Chicago, and not just from Rock Island County. 

That clearly violated restrictions in place because of the coronavirus.

Last month, Iowa's governor ordered people to stay home in self-isolation for two weeks if they had traveled outside the state for business or vacation in the previous 14 days. 

Rivers says at this point in the pandemic, it's not wise to have people coming into Iowa communities from other states where coronavirus is spreading at higher rates.

In addition he says Illinois residents should follow their own governor's stay-at-home order instead of trying to circumvent it by traveling to other states to play golf.