Golfers tee off after Gov. Walz eases restrictions on outdoor activities

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On Friday, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order that opens up more outdoor activities in Minnesota. It includes boating, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and golfing. 

And after being indoors, the warm weather over the weekend was a great day for many to be back on the fairway. 

“As soon as we heard when the governor announced, we all started calling in as soon as the tee times went live,” said Charlie Nester, who was golfing Saturday. 

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Out in Lake Elmo, Royal Golf Club is opening its doors to the public again. 

There are new rules and guidelines in place to adhere to social distancing guidelines. There can only be one golfer per cart, and golfers are asked not to touch flag sticks. People are also asked to arrive closer to their starting times to keep people from congregating. 

“The fact that golf does have such wide open green spaces — that just puts it kind of in a unique position to really exemplify practicing of social distancing while playing,” said Kent Blaschko, a golf pro at Royal Golf Club.

With bait stores set to open, fishing fans rejoice