golf courses

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The only birdies on Buffalo's South Park golf course Tuesday had wings and were spending their time nibbling on the vast lawn made green by rain and wet, soggy ground. However, the city's golf courses are open for golf -- the old-fashioned way: walking while carrying or dragging a golf bag.

Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda has announced plans to open one of its two municipal golf courses Friday.

As Erie County and the City of Buffalo have announced in opening their courses this week, there will be strict rules in place for golfers at Sheridan Park Golf Course due to the coronavirus. They include a closed clubhouse, no cart rentals and tee times spaced 16 minutes apart to enhance social distancing.

Erie County

The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has announced plans to open the county's two golf courses this Friday, weather permitting.

Real estate prices in the Toronto and Vancouver areas have skyrocketed to such an extent that the Canadian government has raised concerns. In Vancouver, the British Columbia government has imposed a tax on foreign buyers. The Bank of Canada is also concerned about the overheated real estate markets. One sector that's been feeling the pressure for a couple of years is golf courses.