RBI reopens golf course

By Diane L. Borden

Rancho Bernardo Inn reopened its golf course to restricted play on Friday, May 1. The course was closed in mid-March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the RBI Women’s Golf Club will resume weekly play on Tuesday, May 5.

“The Inn staff has worked hard this past month to be ready (for golf reopening), and the course is in excellent condition,” said Jamie Lemon, general manager of the resort.

COURSE READY — Lush, green rough and mown fairways surround water hazard on RBI’s No. 18. (Photo by Sherri McGhee)

The County of San Diego has issued a list of safe-play guidelines for all golf courses in the county. The guidelines are subject to revision as Covid-19 conditions change. JC Golf, which owns and manages the RBI resort and golf course, also has issued a list of protocols for its member courses. Among the new restrictions at RBI are the following:

  • Face coverings are required at all times in common areas, but as long as players maintain six-foot distancing on the course, masks may be removed while playing.
  • Staff must check the temperature of each guest upon entry to the facility.
  • Social distancing is in effect; keep a six-foot distance at all times.
  • Only credit-card payments will be accepted; cash will not be accepted.
  • Golfers may only walk the course, with one exception: Players with an ADA handicap placard issued by the DMV may utilize a single-person cart.
  • Only the restrooms on-course will be open and available for use.
  • The driving range and practice areas will remain closed.
  • The Golf Grille will open at 11 a.m. for grab-and-go food/beverages only.
  • No outside food/beverages will be allowed.
  • Golfers should not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time.

A full list of all JC Golf safe-play guidelines may be found here.

“These restrictions are to guard the health of our members, friends, staff at RBI and others at the Inn,” said Romona Smith, president of RBIWGC. “Resuming golf in this measured way means that our 80 Club members are one step closer to being together again as a group.”

The RBIWGC Invitational, originally scheduled for May 12, was rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Club’s Board of Directors will continue to monitor news reports and state and county health directives regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and will provide more information as events warrant.

During the last two months without golf, RBIWGC members have been participating in online-games competitions and have engaged in a members-only website project to share photos taken during their daily walks or as they spend time on their patios or in their backyards.

2020 Invitational rescheduled

The 2020 Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Invitational has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

The tournament, originally scheduled for May 12, was postponed because the Covid-19 pandemic forced closure of the RBI golf course until at least mid-May.

Entries from players whose participant status was confirmed for the original May 12 date will be honored for the new date. Registration Chair Joyce Dubuque may be contacted at joyce.dubuque@san.rr.com to answer any questions.

“Everyone is disappointed when a highly anticipated event is postponed,” said RBIWGC President Romona Smith. “But it is critical to take the long view and to safeguard the health of all participants.”

“We value the high degree of interest in our annual tournament,” she added, “and we look forward to seeing a full field of players in September, when we all will enjoy the spirit of this year’s Invitational, ‘The Fabulous ‘50s.’”

Invitational registers full field

The Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Invitational, scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020, has registered a full field of 144 amateur women golfers from across Southern California.

Entries opened on March 12 and closed early because the maximum number of players was reached within a few days. The entry fee is $105 per player, which includes greens fees, golf cart, range balls, continental breakfast, magic putt, lunch and prizes. The tournament theme is, “The Fabulous ‘50s.”

Check-in for the event will begin at 6:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The format will be four-person team modified waltz.

The Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club was founded in 1963. The first Invitational was a three-day event in spring 1964 and has since grown into one of the premier women’s golfing events in the county.