Golf surges, takes advantage of coronavirus-forced outdoor activity

Ken Willis
 
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Ryan Meyers isn’t comfortable expressing his family’s good summertime fortune, but the numbers don’t lie.

The bulk of summer (June through August) brought an 8% year-over-year increase in rounds played at the Meyers family’s Riviera Country Club in Ormond Beach. A 13.5% increase in cart use, 13% increase in non-member play, and a 10% jump in practice-range revenue.

“I hate to say it, but it really has been beneficial to us,” he says of the unusual circumstances that had golf perceived as one of the few safe recreational activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida’s golf courses were never forced to shut down, though some did. Restrictions were put in place to lower the chances of viral spread — one person to a freshly sanitized cart, no on-course water coolers, no “19th hole” gatherings, etc.

“It sounds awful to say when other businesses have

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