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Hanscom’s golf course opens with precautions

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A golfer hits a shot during a tournament at the Patriot Golf Course in Bedford, Mass., last year. The course, operated by the 66th Force Support Squadron, will open May 15 with several precautions in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Hanscom’s Patriot Golf Course will open May 15 with several precautions in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The nine-hole course, located on the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds in Bedford, Massachusetts, will limit golfers to one round per day and require scheduled tee times only.

“We are taking the necessary steps to ensure that we open in a safe and healthy way for everyone,” said Greg Thomas, 66th Force Support Squadron director.

Golfers will have to observe six feet of social distance from others and wear a face covering when unable to maintain that safe social distance, including when checking in. Other measures include the pro shop remaining closed until further notice, flags not be removed from greens and pairings limited to four golfers.

“We’re also requiring golfers to use their own clubs and require credit card transactions only to further ensure we operate in a safe, clean manner,” said Thomas.

The driving range, practice putting green and chipping areas will remain closed until further notice.

“We hope that by opening the Patriot Golf Course with these public health measures in place, we can operate in a safe and healthy way and offer a great outlet for people to get out and play a round of golf,” said Thomas.

For current pricing and hours, or to reserve a tee time, call 781-687-2396 or visit https://www.hanscomfss.com/patriot-golf-course for more information on the course.