Poplar Bluff golf course Ozark Ridge closes amid virus concerns

A golfer watches his tee shot on the 12th hole at Ozark Ridge Golf Course in Poplar Bluff, Mo., in this Jan. 1 photo. The course closed Thursday, April 2, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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POPLAR BLUFF — The Poplar Bluff Parks Department, in coordination with the Butler County Emergency Management Agency and the Butler County Health Department, has decided to close the Ozark Ridge Golf Course because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The action was a precautionary and proactive measure, Director of Parks and Recreation Lanny Corcimiglia said, and the decision will be reviewed as things evolve.

Corcimiglia said parks and trails are still open and he recommends everyone adhere to the Center for Disease Control guidelines and maintain social distancing if they are visiting those areas.

“We’re all erring on the side of caution right now,” Corcimiglia said.

With spring weather warming up recently, Ozark Ridge was seeing increased activity. The course limited golfers to one person per cart, advised them not to touch the flag poles and don’t congregate in the clubhouse or the parking lot. The various Butler County agencies thought it best to take the proactive measure of closing the course, which is similar to decisions at municipal courses elsewhere in Southeast Missouri.

There is no timetable for when the course will reopen.

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