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Cedaredge Golf Course welcomes new proCourse is open to the public with social distancing requirements
The Cedaredge Golf Club is pleased to welcome Ira Kramer, PGA, as the new golf professional at the Club. Kramer began work at the course on April 8.
Kramer relocated to Cedaredge with his wife Amy from Lancaster, PA., where he served as the Director of Golf Operations at the Lancaster Host Resort, a position he held for 10 years. Golf is more than a beloved hobby for Kramer – it’s a family tradition. His father and one of his six siblings both have worked as PGA golf professionals, and he met his wife early on in his career, over 30 years ago, when she worked for him at a course. Most recently, Kramer was the PGA Director of Instruction at Lozano and Oso Beach Golf Clubs in Texas.
Kramer is a 32-year member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, and said he especially loves coaching and teaching the sport of golf. He has coached high school golf teams and is a Certified US Kid’s Golf Coach.
Kramer said he is looking forward to getting to know the Cedaredge golf community and has some exciting plans coming. For those who are unfamiliar with the game or with the Club, he plans to offer complimentary golf clinics for men, women and youth. He also plans to offer golf camps, expand on the youth programs already in place, add a golf “school” for adults, and add a few more benefit golf tournaments in addition to several fundraiser tournaments the course hosts each season. Kramer said he is also looking forward to working with the Men’s’, Women’s, Birdies and Century Clubs, and crafting events and programs for those Clubs.
Ira and Amy have two grown sons. They are anxious to settle down in beautiful Cedaredge with their two Golden Retrievers, who, he jokes, don’t golf but love to retrieve his golf balls! “We look forward to becoming part of the Cedaredge community and part of the Cedaredge Golf Club team!” Kramer said.
While his family gets settled, he has already jumped headfirst into operations at the Cedaredge Golf Club. Currently, the course is open to public play, with restrictions. The Town of Cedaredge and the Cedaredge Golf Club have continually monitored the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and have sought guidance on operations from the State of Colorado and Delta County Health officials.
Though the State of Colorado is under a Stay at Home order through April 27, outdoor exercise in a way that keeps everyone safe has been determined to be essential. The Cedaredge Golf Club will be open with approval from Delta County Health Department under the following restrictions:
* Golfers must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves at all times
* No more than 4 golfers in any group
* No congregating with other foursomes anywhere, including the putting green and parking lot
* The course will only be available for walking and private carts. No cart rentals will be available. Private carts may be used, but may only be used by the cart owner and his/her spouse or immediate family member. There will be no sharing of private carts.
Everyone golfer, members included, are required to book a tee time by calling the pro shop. The pro shop will remain closed to the public so all payments must be made over the phone with a credit or debit card. The driving range and the bathrooms are also closed. All flag sticks, ball washers, trashcans and rakes have been removed from the course. All communication with staff must be over the phone or via email. Kramer can be reached at the pro shop at 970-856-7781 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As everything is closed, please remember to bring a filled water bottle, sanitary wipes, and hand sanitizer with you to keep yourself safe and healthy while golfing,” Kramer said. “I assure you, we wish to fully open the golf course with carts and practice facilities as soon as possible.” Lastly, he added that as COVID-19 circumstances have been changing daily, Cedaredge Golf Club reserves the right to amend the schedule or close if social distancing guidelines are not maintained.
Instead of a traditional meet-and-greet with Ira, the community is invited to join an online video call to meet him. That call will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at 5 pm. In order to join the call, please email Town Clerk Kami Collins for login credentials at email@example.com.