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Nebraska golf clubs remain open, local courses taking precautions to keep golfers safe

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Coronavirus isn't stopping people from getting into the swing at Oak Hill Country Club in Omaha.

"It's great to be open and having this avenue where people can come and play golf, we're not taking it lightly," said Director of Golf Bobby O'Keefe.

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The country club has taken a slew of precautions to keep their staff and guests safe. Golf carts are restricted to one person per cart, employees clean them after each use.

"It's completely different," said O'Keefe. "Having members take clubs home as opposed to us handling them, getting bunker rakes removed from the golf course, leaving the flag sticks in so golfers don't touch them."

Country club member Tricia Martis plans to hit the greens everyday this week.

"In a time where a lot of places have to shut down and stuff we're fortunate that imposed rules and regulations but we're still able to come out, walk the course and enjoy the weather," said Martis. "With all this stuff going on there's a lot of places that can't function so it gives us some normalcy while you're staying at home most of the time."

Though golfing is consistent amid the coronavirus pandemic at Oak Hill, O'Keefe says the biggest impact is felt in the club's food and beverage department.

"The food and beverage entity is tough right now because just like everybody else you have your private events, you have your weddings," said O'Keefe. "It's a big wedding ceremony season right now."

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