Gerlach, rural Mansfield

Kyle Gerlach of Sangamon Bluffs, rural Mansfield, prepares to putt on the ninth hole at Willow Pond Golf Course, Rantoul, Friday morning — the first day golf courses were allowed back open in Illinois. Golfers were not allowed to use motorized golf carts and could play in no larger a group than a twosome under the state regulations announced last week.

RANTOUL — Golfers were back in their element Friday morning as the state of Illinois lifted its restrictions that had closed gold courses due to the COVID-19 virus.

Beautiful sunny weather greeted golfers who came out at Brookhill and Willow Pond courses.

Golfers were limited to using non-motorized pull or push carts to transport their golf bags or, in rare cases, they carried them.

Champaign resident Lee McDonald, who had an 8:30 a.m. tee time at Brookhill, said there are no non-motorized carts available to buy, and sellers are wanting more than market value on eBay. So, McDonald carried his clubs.

"That's a heavy bag, too," he said before teeing off.

McDonald golf

At Brookhill Golf Course, Rantoul, Lee McDonald prepares to tee off. McDonald said it was second time he has played this year — the first time being in Champaign before the state shut golf courses down for a few weeks.