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Jubilant golfers shed their sweatpants, promising to keep their distance, avoid touching the flagstick and pay off bets by Venmo

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Golf

Singer, an assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary and critical care), said running is the safest activity. As for golf ...

"It's tough because everybody needs to get outside; it is amazing what exercise, particularly exercise outside, can do for you," he said. "And there's nothing like a day on the links."

Many feel that way.

The Village Links' Wednesday tee sheet was stuffed, with play starting at 10 a.m. following a frost delay. General manager Jeff Vesevick said he expected 300 players: "It tells you that people are dying to get out of the house and do something fun."

Golf seems to be the ideal pandemic sport. Or, more accurately, the least reckless one.

It's outdoors. No one sweats much. Unlike tennis, players do not share a ball. And they wear a glove on at least one hand.

 

There's minimal touching of surfaces or objects. On Wednesday, the Village Links had no ball washers or rakes for the bunkers.

And there really was no need to touch any part of the flagstick because of an ingenious addition: Vesevick cut up noodles that beginning swimmers use and had staff members place the pink, donut-shaped foam pieces in the cups.

"Very sophisticated," Vesevick joked.

Sink a putt and your ball drops less than 2 inches.

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