Mandatory mask rule evokes varied responses on courses

This sign awaited golfers at Green Hill's first tee on Friday.

The governor’s decision to make masks mandatory as of last Friday in all public spaces, including golf courses, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has puzzled many golfers.

“I think it’s stupid,” said John Gully, 60, of Worcester before he teed off on Friday at Green Hill Municipal Golf Course. “I don’t think we need to do it out here. You’re out in the fresh air. Everybody who’s golfing stays six feet apart. I think it’s ridiculous.”

Gully said his mask made him feel like a surgeon, and he wished he got paid like one.

“I’m going to dissect this course,” he joked.

Nevertheless, Gully wore his cloth mask for all 18 holes on Friday. Bruce Chansky, 72, of Worcester, however, wore a mask for the beginning of his round on Friday, but soon dropped it down to his chin and took it off after a few holes.

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