After being able to open earlier than expected due to a milder-than-usual winter, the Rockland Golf Club opened for business for a few days in March. Then Maine courses were shut down by an executive order from Maine Governor Janet Mills due to health-concerns over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Now, after a month without spring golf, RGC — along with other area courses — will be allowed to reopen on Friday, May 1.

Rockland, and other clubs, officially can tee it up on that date with Centers for Disease Control restrictions in place.

RGC's hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Keenan Flangan, longtime Professional Golf Club pro at the club, said all who use the course must practice social distancing.

He said "park, play and ride will be enforced."

That means the clubhouse and restaurant are not, at this time, open for personal interaction.

Tee times are available only every 15 minutes online or by telephone at 594-9322. That means one makes a tee time, then arrives on the first tee to play for their assigned time.

Greens fee rates will be $25 to walk nine holes and $40 to walk 18. To ride in a cart and play, the cost is $40 for nine holes and $65 for 18.

Players will be paired in threesomes and foursomes when needed, Flanagan said.

Flanagan said there will be a maximum of four people allowed on the practice putting green in front of the clubhouse and a maximum two people in the practice area between the ninth green and eighth tee/fairway. One must be a club member or having paid a greens fee to use those areas.

"Our No. 1 goal is to keep the customers and the employees safe during this worldwide pandemic, so please work with us to be leaders in the industry of playing golf in a safe environment," said Flanagan.

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