The golf advisory committee for Dennis Highland and Dennis Pines golf courses proposed to control the unauthorized practice by installing signs at the golf course entrances, clubhouse decks and the first and 10th holes, with rangers enforcing the regulation. The new policy is meant to protect the town’s relationship with the property’s restaurant vendors and its own liability.
The golf advisory committee for the Dennis (Mass.) Highland and Dennis Pines golf courses has submitted a policy to control the unauthorized practice of golfers smuggling booze onto the properties, protecting the town’s relationship to the golf course restaurant vendors and its own liability, the Dennis-based Wicked Local reported.
While the golf department has the right to sell alcohol on the golf courses, that right does not extend to golfers, some of whom have taken to sneaking in their own drinks in coolers and golf bags, Wicked Local reported.
“The committee sees a need to control people bringing alcohol onto our golf courses,” said Town Administrator Rick White. The proposed policy includes the installation of signs at the course entrances, on the clubhouse decks and at the first and 10th holes. These signs would advise the public that all alcoholic beverages not purchased through the course restaurant are prohibited and that bags and coolers are subject to search, Wicked Local reported.
Responsibility for enforcing the regulation would fall to the course starters and rangers, who would immediately call police if and when they met resistance when asking the golfer to remove the alcohol from town property, Wicked Local reported.
The only objection to the proposal came from Selectman Wayne Bergeron, who said authorizing starters and rangers to go through people’s personal possessions could be perceived as intrusive. “I’m not sure I want to put them in this position,” he said.
White said properly implemented, the policy would be similar to the ban on alcohol on the town’s beaches, which is regularly enforced, Wicked Local reported.