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2020 Hole in One

Made a hole in one at a BREC Golf course? Let the course staff know! You could have yours posted below. We’ll need your name, the date of your hole in one, which golf course you were at, hole #, club used, your hometown, and the name of at least 1 person who can verify your achievement.Read More

Phased Reopening of Golf Courses Beginning April 30

Since announcing the closure of its six golf courses on March 23, BREC staff has implemented additional operational safety measures and created a three-phase plan to safely reopen the courses while complying with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards  most recent Stay at Home Order and other federal, state, and local guidelines. Each phase and the associated safety measures were determined by recommendations made from health and government authorities on social movement and interaction.

Phase one will begin Thursday, April 30 when three of BREC’s six golf courses will reopen for play. The golf courses to reopen first are: Santa Maria, Beaver Creek and Webb Memorial golf courses. Woody Dumas, J.S. Clark and Historic City Park golf courses will reopen on Friday, May 1 allowing staff to make any necessary adjustments to the plan after observing Thursday’s operations.

Additional safety measures put in place to further protect the public and BREC staff include the following:

  • No cash transactions will be accepted, credit cards or gift cards only accepted.
  • A discounted rate will be provided to customers who pre-pay their green fees online for less interaction with staff at the golf courses using this link: http://golf.brec.org/prepay/.
  • Limited or no access to the clubhouse – Sales transactions will occur at a door or window.
  • Limited access to clubhouse bathrooms, where access is available through a separate entrance.
  • Tee times will be extended to every 12-minutes in order to keep safe distances between groups.
  • “Walk-on” (non-tee time) play may be unavailable or very limited at busier facilities.
  • Cart rentals are for single riders only and carts will be sanitized after each use.
  • Cart rentals will be limited, as some course may be ‘walking only’ for some portion of the day.
  • Multiple signs will be displayed on courses to remind golfers to maintain safe distances.
  • No outing groups, tournaments or organized play of more than 10 people will be allowed.
  • Employees will complete a daily health screening questionnaire.
  • Masks and gloves will be provided to staff and frequent disinfecting schedules will be mandated.

Before BREC closed golf courses, the following safety measures had been put in place and will continue for the foreseeable future:

  • Golfers who feel sick are asked to remain at home.
  • Golfers are not allowed to touch the flagstick.
  • Hole liners are upside down so the ball can’t fully fall into the hole.
  • No bunker rakes on the course, golfers are asked to do their best to smooth the sand.
  • Water coolers are removed from the course.
  • Ball-washers are removed or covered.

For more information please visit: brec.org/COVID19 and golf.brec.org.

“In accordance with the Governor and Mayor’s order, our primary recommendation to the public remains to stay home and only go out for essential activities.  However, like the CDC, we realize one of those essential activities includes getting active outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air and reaping the many positive physical and mental benefits provided by parks and golf courses with green spaces and trails for walking, jogging, biking and hiking,” said Superintendent Corey Wilson. “We know that BREC parks are part of the solution to the underlying health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity that plague our community. As such, our goal is to have the entire system reopened as soon as it is possible to do so safely,” Wilson said.

Superintendent Wilson is serving on the Governor’s Resilient Louisiana Commission, advising the state in his role on the Restaurant and Entertainment Task Force. 

Additional information regarding the phased reopening of the remainder of BREC’s system including the Baton Rouge Zoo, Liberty Lagoon, summer camps, playgrounds, athletic programs and venues, and other amenities is expected soon following additional guidance from industry professionals, and state and local public health and government officials.

BREC staff will continue providing content on the virtual portal it created to give people access to the park system through videos, activity sheets and links to other partners offering virtual services to the public sheltering at home. The portal can be accessed at brec.org/refresh.

BREC Golf Courses to Remain Closed in Support of Governor’s Stay at Home Order

Out of an abundance of caution, and to further support Governor John Bel Edwards’ effort to make an impact on reducing the spread of COVID-19 virus in the next two weeks, BREC has decided not to reopen golf courses until further notice. 

“While we have taken more than a dozen steps to further encourage social distancing and other CDC recommendations to ensure the safety of our staff and the public while providing a safe outdoor activity for the community  to engage in, the most significant step we can take to help reduce the spread of the virus is the complete closure of these facilities at this time,” said BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson.  “We will continue to monitor this unprecedented and evolving situation, and follow guidance from our federal, state, and local officials, and will announce the reopening of these facilities at the appropriate time,” Wilson said.

The closure of BREC’s six golf facilities follows previous closures of the Zoo, all indoor facilities including recreation centers and special facilities such as the Highland Road Observatory, all playgrounds, dog parks and outdoor restrooms. 

Parks, trails, and conservation areas remain open for the public to engage in safe recreational outdoor activities such as walking, biking and hiking as they are deemed essential in the Governor’s order. BREC leadership strongly encourages the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to follow the Stay at Home order and only leave their homes for essential activities. 

Our parks remain open as a safe option to engage in these activities so patrons should follow the CDC recommendations of staying 6-feet away from anyone in the park and not gathering in groups of larger than 10.  

“We will continue to maintain the courses to ensure they remain in excellent condition,” said BREC Golf Director Mike Raby. “While the courses are closed, we will focus on customer service-oriented improvements to implement for our customers when we reopen,” Raby said.

BREC will continue adding to the online “Refresh Your Mind” portal, housing videos which allow residents to experience BREC facilities and activities from the safety of their homes. The portal is housed at www.brec.org/refresh.

Twenty-five BREC parks are also being utilized to provide thousands of meals for at-risk children through a partnership with Three O’clock Project. Routes and schedules for meal deliveries can be found here: www.threeoclockproject/COVID.

Please monitor BREC’s website and social media pages for further updates.

2020 Mardi Gras Mania – Tournament Results

An inch of overnight rain at Webb Golf Course made most final round scores go up at the 2020 Mardi Gras Tournament, but the soft and wet conditions didn’t bother leaders Brandt Garon & Jeremy Gautreaux who fired a 2nd straight 10 under par 62 to cruise to a 7-shot victory. Tre’ Simmons & David Millet finished 2nd, one stroke ahead of Robbie White & Landon Covington.

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2019 Junior Championship – Tournament Results

AGE DIVISIONS:
7-11 years: 9-HOLE STROKE PLAY
12-17 years: 18-HOLE STROKE PLAY
• Champion will come from 15-17 year division
• Players may choose to compete in an older division
• Juniors who have turned 18, but have not started college yet,
are eligible to play
• Younger children are allowed, must play the 8-11 division
• No riding carts or caddies allowed during play (shuttling allowed
on approved holes)

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2019 Baton Rouge Amateur Championship

QUALIFYING [August 17] Qualifying & Round of 32 Matches
[7 Am, qualifying / 12:30 pm, round of 32]
• Top 28 players advance to match play
• 2018 Amateur Champion and 2019 Course Champions from
Webb, City Park and Dumas are exempt into match play

Match Play [August 18, 24 + 25]
August 18 7 AM, Round of 16 / 12:30 pm, Round of 8
august 24 7 AM, Round of 4 / 12:30 pm, Championship Match
august 25 Extra day for weather delays and/or other adjustments

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