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The following guidance has been established by the Governor’s Administration so that golf could safely resume in Massachusetts on May 7, 2020. 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 November 5, 2020)
(Updated on the Mass.gov website 11/5/20; Effective on 11/6/20)
The Governor’s Administration updated the state’s golf facility guidelines on the Mass.gov website at 8:00 PM ET on Thursday, November 5. It has been confirmed that face-coverings are required by anyone at the facility, even while playing.
Face Coverings Required While Practicing and Playing
“Require face coverings for all customers and workers, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.”
Early Closure Guidance
“In accordance with the COVID-19 Order No. 53, Requiring Early Closing for Certain Businesses and Activities Golf Facilities must close to the public by 9:30 pm and may not re-open to the public before 5:00 am the following day (“mandatory closing period”). During this daily mandatory closing period, Golf Facilities must not admit any customers, patrons, or members of the public. Golf Facilities may permit employees to stay on premises during the mandatory closing period.”
Highlights of updated Phase III Guidance:
Guidance for Businesses and Other Entities Providing Outdoor Adult Sports, Supervised Youth Sports Leagues and Summer Sports Camps on Mass.gov: FULL GUIDANCE
“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.
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 (email@example.com) or reach out to your home club.
Click any of the links below to learn more about Mass Golf events being held this season.
|State||Golf Carts||Tee Time Interval||Residence Requirement||Full Details|
|Connecticut||2 Riders Allowed with Restrictions||At Least 10 Minutes||None||CSGA Details Page|
|Maine||1 Player Per Cart||12 Minutes||Must Be Maine Resident||MSGA Details Page|
|Massachusetts||1 Player Per Cart or 2 Family Members Living in Same House||Ensure Sufficient Gap||Travel Restriction in place. Must be from a lower risk state. Full Details||Mass Golf Details Page|
|New Hampshire||1 Player Per Cart||12 Minutes||Must Be NH Resident or Member of an NH Club||NHGA Details Page|
|New York||Available For Players With Disability or Medical Needs||N/A||None||NYSGA Details Page|
|Rhode Island||2 Riders Allowed with Restrictions||15 Minutes||Must Be RI Resident||RIGA Details Page|
|Vermont||1 Player Per Cart||15 Minutes||Cross State Travel Restrictions||VGA Details Page|