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Golfers petition Minnesota governor to open courses

With a warm spring in Minnesota, golfers are eager to get out on the course while also practicing safe social distancing requirements.

WOODBURY, Minn. —

The actual birdies are the only birdies on the golf course right now. 

Under Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's order - as of Friday - golf courses are not considered essential. The 'Stay at Home' order went into effect on Friday night at 11:59 P.M.

Director of Instruction at Prestwick Golf Course, John Potter, in Woodbury, MN,  started a petition online. It's already been signed by 29,000 people. 

You can check out the petition here

Many courses are willing to take extra precautions including restricting golf cart access, number of golfers in a group, eliminating removing the flag from the hole and even taking away rakes in the bunkers. 

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