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Wailea Golf Club raises over $4K for Maui Food Bank

Masked golfers (from left) Ryan McNally, Josh Jerman, Rob Manning and Hank Guzzo show off their social distancing prior to teeing off at the Wailea Golf Club’s reopening fundraiser for the Maui Food Bank on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Wailea Golf Club

The Maui News

A soft reopening of the Wailea Golf Club on Sunday netted more than $4,000 for the Maui Food Bank.

Over 125 golfers participated in the charitable fundraiser at the Wailea Gold and Blue courses, with the chance to experience the new safety measures implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event took place two days after golf courses around the state were allowed to reopen after being shut down in mid-March.

“We’re very grateful to our public officials, our customers and community, and thrilled to be able to welcome back our customers and employees,” said Anne Takabuki, president of Wailea Golf. “Per our new safety protocols, we had limited the number of tee times for our soft reopening fundraiser, and they sold out quickly. We thank everyone for their support of the Maui Food Bank.”

The Wailea Golf Club reopened for regular play Tuesday. For the time being, Wailea’s courses will be available on a rotational basis, with typically two of its three courses open on a given day.

In addition to Wailea’s golf courses, the Wailea Golf Academy, driving range and practice facilities also reopened Tuesday, with social distancing requirements in place.

For customers planning to play, the Wailea Golf Club offers these tips:

— Remember to bring your face covering, which must be worn around the clubhouse and other designated areas, as well as when interacting with others.

— Plan to arrive no sooner than 30 minutes prior to your tee time.

— Travel light, as you’ll need to manage your own clubs and possessions. Golf club employees are prohibited from handling customers’ bags.

— Come prepared to keep yourself hydrated while on the course; beverage cart services are currently not allowed.

— On the course, golfers should not remove flagsticks from the holes, sand bottles have been removed, and inserts have been placed in cups to minimize contact during ball retrieval.

For more information, including the upcoming course schedule, visit waileagolf.com. Tee times may be made by calling 875-7450 or emailing reservations@waileagolf.com.

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