The City of Sacramento Golf Courses are Open with Limited Services

Morton Golf Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Open For Play With Limited Services 

As this is a continuously evolving situation, please bookmark this page: for updated information. This page will be continuously updated with the current status of all facilities.

March 21, 2020 – Carts are being allowed on the golf course. Single riders only.

March 20, 2020 – Dr. Peter Beilenson, Sacramento County Health Director, has designated golf as an essential service to the community.

On behalf of everyone at Morton Golf, we want to express our deepest sympathy for those afflicted by COVID-19.

With the recent shelter in place order being announced for Sacramento County, it now requires citizens to find a safe location and to limit contact with other people as much as possible to help quell the spread of COVID-19.

Solitary Golfer

Effective immediately, the restaurants and retail services (including golf lessons) at each of the golf courses – Haggin Oaks, Bing Maloney, Bartley Cavanaugh, and William Land – will remain closed until at least April 7, the golf course itself and the driving range will remain open under the rule that outdoor recreation, as long as it is done with a six-foot radius to others, is permissible. Sacramento County defines essential activities like the ability “to engage in outdoor activity, provided individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements.” 

People need a healthy activity to enjoy during the long sessions staying in their homes. Walking the dog, hiking, bike riding, and playing golf are perfect activities to reduce stress in a safe way during the COVID-19 crisis with the proper precautions.

MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks
18 holes
Arcade Creek Golf Course at Haggin Oaks
9 holes
Arcade Creek Golf Course at Haggin Oaks
18 holes
Championship 18 Golf Course at Bing Maloney
18 holes
Express 9 Golf Course at Bing Maloney
9 holes
Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course
18 holes
William Land Golf Course
9 holes

Additional safety procedures and protocols that we have implemented or are working towards at the City of Sacramento golf courses include:

  • Moving to a single-rider cart system where each player in a group has their own power cart – Updated 3/21/20
  • Offering hand sanitizers to all customers and staff and encouraging everyone to use them
  • Wiping down work areas
  • Staff using gloves
  • Weekly spraying from Environ-Master to help eliminate germs that will last for 7 to 9 days, including COVID-19
  • Asking staff to be at least 6 feet apart from customers and each other
  • Sanitizing the golf carts regularly 
  • Putting the cups on the course in upside down so that the ball will not disappear below the edge of the cup and can be retrieved without touching the flagstick.
  • Ball washers are covered and not able to be used
  • Bunker rakes have been removed from the golf course
  • On the driving range, each hitting station is at least 9 feet apart to provide proper social distancing

Is it safe to play golf during this time? Golfworld recently published an article entitled, Can you play golf amid coronavirus concerns? With proper precautions, yes. According to Dr. Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, golf as it’s normally played—outdoors, with natural social-distancing built-in— “would be fairly safe.”

“Social distancing doesn’t mean you’re being a hermit,” Troisi said. “Relieving stress helps your immune system and we know that physical activity boosts your immune system, so for both mental and physical health, it’s good to get activity however you can get it without putting yourself at risk. So anything outside where you’re not putting yourself in close proximity to a lot of people can be good for you. Being in nature helps your mental health, as well.”

Morton Golf Sales
Morton Golf Sales, the official retail partner of Haggin Oaks

In the meantime, for any retail needs you may have, you can shop from home through our online store, Please know there may be delayed shipping times as we work with our manufacturers during these challenging times. 

While these times are unprecedented and circumstances are fluid, we also know this is temporary and necessary. We want to thank those who are working the front lines to combat this illness – the doctors, nurses and the medical community that is risking their lives to protect others. We are inspired to see our people and communities come together. 

Stay up-to-date with the information provided by the CDC as we all work to flatten the curve.

In the meantime, please take care of yourself, your families and your loved ones.


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