“This is exactly what Ms. Merkel asked for. The distance is even necessary here. ”In times of Corona, golf was just the right sport, as was jogging, hiking or walking.
The Mucher councilor Hartmut Erwin is convinced of that. Golf is the ideal sport, especially for older people: “A lot of exercise and something for the head too.” It does not make sense to him that this is currently not allowed. Many golfers all over Germany see it like him.
“We have 80 hectares here. When players move across the field in groups of two, they almost never meet, ”reports Antonio Catalan. The managing director of the golf club Burg Overbach has clear ideas for a game operation even in Corona times: “Come, play, go.”
No chat, no drinking
If you want to punch in on the 18 lanes, you have to book a time slot on the Internet, appear on time at the registration and log out there after your round. “We organize it in such a way that the groups of two don't meet,” Catalan assures. Of course, it was completely clear to him that the usual chat in the queue or the drink after the game was currently taboo.
However, the Mayor of Much, Norbert Büscher, has little understanding of his golf friends. “The current situation is clear: no sporting activities on public and private facilities. There is nothing to interpret in this regard. ”Books also put big question marks behind the claim that sport can be organized in groups of two without groups meeting. Even if that succeeds, the question still arises as to who can play with the reduced offer at all. “Then, as mayor, do I have more chances of one of the time windows?” Büscher points out problems. The fact that golfers are pushing for exemptions is not beneficial to the image of the sport.
Retired teacher Erwin has only one smile to spare for the prejudice that golf is sport for the rich: “I don't pay more here than anyone else in a Mucki booth.” There is also no question of wealth at Mucher Golf Club Burg Overbach, also adds Catalan. The measures against the coronavirus have lost revenue.
That his mixed-breed dog Einstein now had free space to run around on the court and that the employees could refurbish the greens and mow the lawn regardless of players, was nice, but not financially sustainable. The managing director has great understanding of the government's measures. “It had to be acted on. And first of all to close everything down was the right decision, ”he says. But now it has to be differentiated objectively. “I don't just mean golf, I also mean tennis or archery.”