Bad lie: cross-border golf course unplayable for Canadian members
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Bad lie: cross-border golf course unplayable for Canadian members

Last Updated May 23, 2020 at 4:02 am EDT

Canada's Brooke Henderson tees up her ball during second round action at the LPGA Canadian Open tournament in Priddis, Alta., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. A golf course built to straddle the Canada-U.S. border during the prohibition era of the 1920s now finds itself out-of-bounds for Canadian members as COVID-19 border restrictions block access to the entrance on the American side. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

FREDERICTON — Border restrictions related to COVID-19 are proving a hazard for Canadian members of a golf course along the Canada-U.S. boundary.

The Aroostook Valley Country Club is uniquely positioned with the pro shop and parking lot in the state of Maine, while the clubhouse and fairways are in New Brunswick.

Canadian members have crossed through the border point at Fort Fairfield for years, but pandemic concerns have blocked them from entering the state — and even if they did get in, they’d have to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

Club pro Stephen Leitch says some American members are lobbying Sen. Susan Collins for an exemption to allow their Canadian playing partners to cross without restriction.

Brent Hatchard, a member who lives in New Brunswick, says he doesn’t expect them to succeed.

He says it would be nice to play the course where he’s a member, but for now he will just have to play at other courses in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2020.

The Canadian Press


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