As Coronavirus Shutters Much Of Sports World, Recreational Golfers Play On (For Now)


WESTBURY, New York — It was business as usual at Eisenhower Park Municipal Golf Course, in the heart of Long Island. Parking lots were jammed and tee sheets filled. Golfers clad in polos and quarter-zips whacked balls on the range. The practice green hummed with players toting gadgets and gizmos. By the 1st tee, men and women formed foursomes.

Three days after the PGA Tour canceled events through the middle of April and Augusta National postponed the Masters, recreational golfers flocked to this county-operated course in droves, eager for a shake at early-season New York golf.

The place was crowded, even by Eisenhower’s standards, to the tune of some 32 foursomes per hour. Several hundred golfers teed off — attorneys, human resource specialists, high school students — and several hundred more spent part of their morning or afternoon on the driving range across the street.

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