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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 July 3, 2020)
The Governor’s Administration has provided advanced notice that the golf industry has been included in the formal Phase III Re-Opening plan. The updated guidelines pertaining to golf will go into effect once Phase III begins on Monday, July 6. Please read the full guidelines below.
“These workplace safety standards for Golf Facilities are posted in advance of the Governor’s initiation of Phase 3 to allow Golf Facilities time to prepare to operate in compliance with these mandatory health and safety standards. Golf Facilities may not expand operations beyond what is currently permitted in Phase 2 until specifically authorized to do so in Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Re-Opening Plan. The Governor will initiate Phase 3 of the Re-Opening Plan, which will commence on July 6, by formal Executive Order following a careful review of public health data.”
These Phase 3 standards are issued for golf activities conducted outdoors and the associated facilities (e.g., pro shop, clubhouse). Indoor golf activities such as indoor driving ranges should follow Indoor Recreation guidance, available on the Reopening Plan website.
Updated Guidance for Golf from the Recreation & Outdoor Business’s Update on Mass.gov: FULL DETAILS ON UPDATED GOLF GUIDANCE
Highlights of Phase III Guidance:
Updated 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or reach out to your home club.
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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||1 Player Per Cart||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||15 Minutes||None||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||Available for Players With Disability or Medical Needs||15 Minutes||Must Be RI Resident||RIGA Details Page|
|Vermont||1 Player Per Cart||15 Minutes||Must Be VT Resident||VGA Details Page|