When people talk about ticks and the Lyme disease that can come as a result of tick bites, the first reaction is to think it’s not a Cottonwood Golf and Country Club thing – it’s something that affects people hiking in the mountains.
However, they’ve been putting out all kinds of information and the sudden realization is that the threat of tick bites/Lyme disease is the same as mosquitos and West Nile. The reality is that there are more health concerns now than there used to be not that long ago.
Nature is taking a different course these days and this is a concern, so we’ve warned people to be cautious in the recent newsletter we sent out. We’ve also put up signs in the locker rooms and have a handout for people in the pro shop. Ryan Tofani, our head professional, initiated that.
Suddenly, we need to pay attention to it and really, what’s the harm in doing so? There’s little or no cost and better safe than sorry.
Our staff takes first aid and CPR. If someone comes in with a wasp sting and they’re allergic to it, our staff members are trained to deal with it, so taking precautions with ticks/Lyme disease isn’t a big deal.
There are two things to look at – the numbers of players who are using the golf course and your own staff members. In our turf care department, there are more than 32 people working at various times during the summer.
The thing about ticks/Lyme disease is that sirens don’t go off when there’s a bite, but on the other hand, the last thing you want to see is somebody getting sick on our watch.
A few precautions and information are worth it.