Fred Brust, a veteran who works in the pro shop at Arroyo del Oso Golf Course, has seen the Albuquerque city course busy, but it hasn’t been this hectic in a long time.
The action at Arroyo and several golf courses in Albuquerque has been non-stop since the courses reopened May 1 after being shut down for a little over a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are several guidelines for golfers to follow — now they must wear face coverings at all times — but golf is one of the few activities available at this time. So, golfers are flocking to the links.
“We’re busier than hell,” Brust said as June came to an end. “Since we reopened we have been slammed. Sometimes, we don’t have enough tee times.”
Tee times at the city’s municipal courses — Arroyo, Ladera, Los Altos, and Puerto del Sol — are booked throughout the day. Golfers are calling seven days in advance to schedule a tee time.