Golf courses run by the National Park Service were forced to deny golfers their tee times when the U.S. government officially shut down, starting Tuesday morning. Furnace Creek Golf Course, which is located within Death Valley National Park but is situated on private land, is not subject to the closure and is open for play.
At midnight Monday, the U.S. government officially shut down, raising tensions in Congress, putting more than 800,000 federal employees temporarily out of work and costing many golfers their tee times, FOX Sports reported.
As a result of the shutdown, which stemmed from Congress’ inability to finalize a spending plan for the fiscal year starting Tuesday, national parks closed. Visitors were given 48 hours to leave, but several golf courses run by the National Park Service were forced to deny golfers the chance to play, FOX Sports reported.
Highland Links Golf Course in Truro, Mass., left an automated message for its patrons, which said: “Thank you for calling Highland Links Golf Course. Because of the national government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed until further notice. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience. Have a great day.”
Many courses, such as Rock Creek Golf Course and East Potomac Golf Course in the District of Columbia, answered incoming calls to let customers know they are closed, FOX Sports reported.
East Potomac reiterated that it’s not allowed to reopen until the government starts working again. A representative from the pro shop said that it’s taking tee times for days later this week but will keep golfers updated about the course’s status, FOX Sports reported.
Despite the national government shutdown, Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley, Calif., is open for play. The course is located on privately owned land in Death Valley National Park, so it is not subject to the closure. California State Highway 190, which runs through Death Valley National Park, is also open, allowing motorists access to the course, FOX Sports reported.
Officials at other National Park Service facilities, such as Grand Lake Golf Course in Colorado, Langston Golf Course in Washington, Wawona Golf Course in Yosemite Valley, Calif., and Brooklyn (N.Y.) Golf Center, were not available for comment, FOX Sports reported.
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