Toledo reopens municipal golf courses, but only for Ohio golfers

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Ottawa Park, Collins Park, and Detweiler golf courses were closed for two weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic but reopened Friday.

There are several restrictions in place. There are no carts allowed on the course. You have to pay with a credit card, no cash. The cups are raised so golfers don't have to touch the pin to retrieve their ball, avoiding any potential contamination.

There's one other catch -- the state's amended stay-at-home order requires all out-of-state visitors to quarantine for 14 days, making Toledo's golf courses off limits to non-Ohio residents.

A letter to golf courses from the Toledo Lucas County Health Department asks courses to prohibit those out-of-state golfers from playing, while requiring golfers on the course to observe social distancing guidelines.

The Health Department also asked courses to post signs which state: “If you are a person who has traveled from out of state and has not self-quarantined for fourteen days, you may be in violation of the Ohio Department of Health Stay At Home Order. Any person in violation of this order may be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, which could result in: a fine of not more than $750, not more than 90 days in jail, or both. We are cooperating with our local Health Department to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy."