COURSE RE-OPENING INFORMATION - MASSGOLF

resources for GOLF COURSES/FACILITIES and individual golfers

The following guidance for when golf resumes on May 7, 2020 has been established by the Governor’s Administration so that golf can safely resume in Massachusetts. The information below serves as the strict baseline for play to resume and further restriction may be considered and implemented by courses as they see fit. During extraordinary times, such as the current global pandemic, we all will be guided in decision making with the information provided by public health and government authorities.

*This page will be updated frequently as we move through the phased approach towards golf being played with minimal restrictions in the future.

(Last Updated May 25, 2020)

 

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fAQ GUIDANCE FROM MASS.GOV WEBSITE

Golf courses are not essential businesses and cannot have employees working on-premise. Notwithstanding this restriction, essential services, such as groundskeeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by employees, contractors, or vendors are permitted. Private operator of courses may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind, appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly followed, and the business operator and golfers abide by the specific guidelines for golf courses.

Restaurants located on the premises of golf courses may offer no-contact take-out of food to be consumed off premises, but like all other restaurants, they may not allow any form of dine-in or outdoor, on-premises service. Outside seating and tables should be removed from locations near to any take-out service.

Municipalities may decide to open municipal courses under these guidelines, if they so choose.”

For more information please CLICK HERE to visit the Mass.gov website.

 

Guidelines for Golfers AND COURSES

  • Security personnel can be delineated by each club (ex. a pro and the head starter) and will be present to enforce social distancing. Staffing must be limited to security and course maintenance/landscaping and the minimum workers necessary to service and clean carts. No other services may be provided.
  • All staff must wear face coverings while on property.
  • Course facilities including but not limited to the clubhouse, golf shop, bag room and locker room must remain closed.
  • Restaurants located on the premises of golf courses may offer no-contact take-out of food to be consumed off premises, but like all other restaurants, they may not allow any form of dine-in or outdoor, on-premises service. Outside seating and tables should be removed from locations near to any take-out service.
  • No caddies allowed.
  • Golf carts may be used only if each cart is used by and contains only a single rider, or a group of family members living in the same house.  Any carts used must be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
  • Push carts may be used. Players must either carry their own bag or use a push cart.
  • All golfers must maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times.
  • Groups of players are restricted to no more than 4 players at one time.
  • Members-only clubs can allow guests as determined by the security personnel on the golf course.
  • Private clubs that allow non-members to make reservations can do so at their discretion.
  • Maintenance personnel are permitted to work on the golf course.
  • Tee Time Policy must be 15 minutes between groups.
  • Golfers must stay in their car until 15 minutes before their tee time and must return to their car immediately following play.
  • Online and remote payment options must be utilized.
  • All golfers must use their own golf clubs. Sharing golf clubs or rental golf clubs is not allowed.
  • Flagsticks must remain in the hole. Hole liners must be raised so picking a ball out of the hole doesn’t occur.
  • Bunker rakes must be removed, and ball washers must be removed or covered.
  • Practice putting green, driving range, and chipping areas must be closed.
  • Facilities must have readily accessible hand sanitizer.

 

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GUIDANCE for RULES OF GOLF AND HANDICAPPING

The USGA has provided detailed guidance for golfers and golf courses in relation to the Rules of Handicapping and Rules of Golf during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is important to note that during this time, the USGA is temporarily allowing scores to be posted while golf courses make modifications that would not normally comply with Rules of Golf or Rules of Handicapping.

Golfers should post their score immediately following their round either on the GHIN Mobile App on their personal device or on GHIN.com using their personal computer at home.  No scores should be posted using a Score Posting Kiosk at a course.  If you are in need of your GHIN number, please email Mike Wice (mwice@massgolf.org) or reach out to your home club.

 

Mass golf events in 2020

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Future Events

Click any of the links below to learn more about Mass Golf events being held this season.

 

State Golf CartsTee Time IntervalResidence RequirementFull Details
Connecticut1 Player Per CartAt Least 10 MinutesNoneCSGA Details Page
Maine1 Player Per Cart12 MinutesMust Be Maine ResidentMSGA Details Page
Massachusetts1 Player Per Cart or 2 Family Members Living in Same House15 MinutesNoneMass Golf Details Page
New Hampshire1 Player Per Cart12 MinutesMust Be NH Resident or Member of an NH ClubNHGA Details Page
New YorkAvailable For Players With Disability or Medical NeedsN/ANoneNYSGA Details Page
Rhode IslandAvailable for Players With Disability or Medical Needs15 MinutesMust Be RI ResidentRIGA Details Page
Vermont1 Player Per Cart15 MinutesMust Be VT ResidentVGA Details Page

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