Golf and COVID-19: Latest news on course operations

SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA - NOVEMBER 01: Aaron Wise of the United States plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course on November 01, 2019 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

UPDATED October 27, 2020 — It's the last week of October in 2020 and northern golf courses have been hit by an arctic cold front that has blanketed some Midwestern states in snow and brought bitter cold to many areas of the country. Some courses are shutting down for the season and taking stock of their record years in rounds played. Scroll below to our news module to see links to articles chronicling high demand in Minnesota and New York.

GolfNow reports that .4% of their North American partners are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that number has risen in the United Kingdom to 13.1% due to recent mandates for courses to close.

Wales, Ireland courses closed for 'circuit-breaker lockdown'

Last week in Wales, golf clubs were ordered to close on October 23 for two weeks as case counts have increased in the country. Wales Online reports the country has ordered all fitness and leisure facilities close until November 9th. Shortly after, the Irish government announced Level 5 restrictions, the strictest level, to be set in place for six weeks. These restrictions do allow schools to remain open and elite sports like GAA and Ireland soccer to continue. However, new clarification from the government indicates that golf courses must close for the full six-week duration.

As for North America, the US-Canadian border closure has been extended until at least November 21st. This stands to impact southern U.S. golf destinations like Arizona and Florida who rely on a steady stream of sun-starved Canadian golfers in the wintertime.

According to GolfNow, only .4% of their North American partner facilities are currently closed.

Watch the latest GolfNow Weekly Industry Report for October 27

GolfNow Industry Weekly Report for October 27

Is your golf course open? We are compiling the latest news on city, county and statewide shelter-in-place declarations and social distancing measures and how it relates to golf operations. The following Google spreadsheet has our latest news of city, county and statewide golf course suspensions or reopenings.

How to play golf safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many medical experts believe that golf is one of the safest activities you can participate in during the current outbreak as long as you take proper precautions. These include social distancing with the other golfers at the course and in your group, not sharing a golf cart unless it is with an immediate family member you live with, not shaking hands after the round and not socializing in the clubhouse afterwards. US governing bodies revealed new "Back 2 Golf" guidelines on May 5th that share best practices for golf course operators and players. See their recommendations here.

Golf Course Operators

Headlines archive

Two Hawaii courses close permanently due to pandemic
Most successful year ever for 50-year-old Jasper, Ind. course
Villages in Florida allows flagsticks to be removed for putting
Popular English course to close this fall
University set to close golf course Nov. 1
St. Kitts & Nevis to reopen borders Oct. 31
Cruise industry 'optomistic' to sail by the end of 2020
Stats say 'optimism' rising for holiday travel
NGF: Industry leaders on sustaining golf's COVID-19 bump
WaPo: Golf had its best summer in decades
Hawaii set to welcome back tourists on October 15
Golf Datatech: Retail sales up 32%
"You can bring a bag full of White Claws" - golf hot amongst women, young people (Yahoo Finance)
WATCH: The GolfNow Industry Report for Sept 29
Illinois receives $5 million donation for golf course
Cleveland.com: Exceptional golf summer in northeast Ohio
Tokatee spared thus far in Oregon fires
USGA announces second Golf House in Pinehurst
Delaware's Rookery North Announces permanent closure
Denver's City Park Golf Course officially reopens

Pandemic set to give Texas course best year ever

Endwell Greens Extends Closure To Entire Facility Due To COVID Cases

Bozeman Business Boom: Why more people are teeing it up at local golf courses during COVID-19

Possible COVID-19 exposure at Wisconsin Rapids golf course

Heritage Oaks Golf Course temporarily closes

Local golfers still playing around coronavirus threats

Albuqurque courses experiencing huge rounds increases in 2020

Vail Resorts decides to close Michigan's Mt. Brighton Golf Course permanently

67 employees at Georgia club test positive for COVID-19, closes club

Rabid demand at Aspen Golf Club as tee sheet books out in 3 minutes

Jack Nicklaus reveals he and Barbara had COVID-19 in March

Hanover Country Club closes after 121 years

Northern Michigan course closed due to employee's positive test

Meriden, CT courses doing record rounds

PGA Tour: No fans, Pro-Ams for rest of 2020

Record rounds reported on Utah golf courses

California's Elkins Ranch closing permanently on Labor Day

Colorado's Keystone Resort only operating one of two courses this summer

What it's currently like playing golf at Pebble Beach Golf Resort

Members pitch in to save Scotland's Brora Golf Club in 2020

Planning a golf trip this summer? Here are 10 things to consider

These top-rated golf courses still haven't reopened

High-quality muni golf coming to D.C. featuring Hanse, Doak and Welling input

First PGA Tour player tests positive at event

NGF: Military, municipal, casino courses still not open

Atlanta-area course will turn into a public course every Tuesday


• (6/13) Yale Golf Course closed until the end of July

•(6/12) Furor over continued closure of New York City golf courses
• (6/8) Tee time intervals are wider, but rounds booked still up YoY

• (6/7) R&A launches £7 mllion COVID-19 relief fund for golf courses

• (6/7) Ohio events including Memorial, Marathon will allow spectators

• (6/4) New normal at Honolulu muni Ala Wai, others

• (6/4) Scotsman: Guidelines for Scotland golf course reopenings

•(6/3) Golf World: Inside look at America's surging desire to get back to golf

(6/3) Suburban Chicago golf courses celebrate busy month

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