Boston , Digital Desk : Massachusetts Golf Courses are allowed to re-open immediately with new strict social distancing norms . According the latest announcement from Mass Golf, Golf Courses in Massachusetts are permitted to open with heavy coronavirus restrictions.

On their website Mass gold posted “Golf Courses are not essential business and cannot have employees working on premises. Notwithstanding this restrictions, essential services , such as grounds keeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security , provided by employees , contractors, or vendors are permitted ”

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

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. There can be no other employees working at the recreational component of the golf operation.
  • All staff must wear face coverings while on property.
  • Course facilities including but not limited to the clubhouse, golf shop, restaurant, bag room and locker room must remain closed.
  • No caddies allowed.
  • No golf carts allowed.
  • 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.

Massachusetts was the last state in the country to announce an end date to its ban on golf. Vermont and Maryland announced Wednesday that golf courses could reopen Thursday, and New Hampshire courses are set to open May 11.

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