Golf and COVID-19: Latest news on course operations

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA - MAY 2, 2020: Golfers wear masks while hitting balls on the driving range at Van Buren Executive Golf Course during the coronavirus pandemic on May 2, 2020 in Riverside, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

UPDATE June 1, 9:20pm ET: On June 1, the vast majority of public golf courses are open around the country. GolfNow reports just 5.4% of their partners are closed. NGF estimates 97% of total golf courses in the United States are open.

That said, some of the country's largest cities have still been cautious about opening their municipal golf courses. New York City's 15 municipal golf courses, including Trump Ferry Point, remain closed at this time. The Bethpage State Park golf courses however are open.

The country's third largest city, Chicago, has kept its eight Parks District golf facilities due to stay-at-home orders. (View the full list).

Washington D.C.'s three golf courses, operated by the National Parks Service, are beginning to reopen. Langston Park and East Potomac reopened on May 29th. Rock Creek will reopen on June 5.

In California, San Francisco's golf courses are reopen under heavy restrictions. Most have raised cups. At TPC Harding Park, it's twosomes only, while Palo Alto's Baylands Golf Links is only allowing singles.

One bright spot for large cities is Los Angeles. Their 14 city-operated golf courses have gone to mandatory advanced reservations, bookable online, and instituted 12-minute tee time intervals at all of their courses. Despite this, rounds are up year-over-year.

We're tracking course-by-course openings in each state here. Find and view a course near you to see its status.

VIDEO: City of Los Angeles golf courses reporting strong demand

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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

Is Topgolf open?

Topgolf closed all of its locations in the U.S. and U.K. on March 18th. Oklahoma City location is reopen, and a wave of locations are scheduled to open on May 18, including Orlando, Atlanta, Phoenix and Jacksonville. To view by location, click here.

Headlines archive

• (5/29) Central Oregon resorts and golf courses reopening

• (5/28) Illinois golfers allowed to play in carts and foursomes beginning May 29

• (5/25) We Are Golf Phase 1 grand delivers over $4 million to golf industry

• (5/24) Shackelford: We're out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and push carts

• (5/23) NOLA's Audubon Park golf course closed indefinitely, future uncertain

• (5/23) USGA: with maintenance budgets reduced, 5 ways golfers can help take care of the course

• (5/22) WaPo: Coronavirus makes golf courses an oasis for stir-crazy Americans

• (5/22) City of Chicago golf courses remain closed

• (5/21) Strong demand for northern Iowa golf courses this spring

• (5/20) Golf courses are thriving in social distancing: CantonRep

• (5/18) District of Columbia's three golf courses remain closed

• (5/17) Golf Business Magazine UK: Some golf courses in Wales are already reopen
• (5/16) Live golf with a different look returns to Seminole
• (5/16) Live golf with a different look returns to Seminole
• (5/15) Canada's golf courses aiming for touchless experience as they reopen
• (5/15) Canada's golf courses aiming for touchless experience as they reopen
• (5/14) Shackelford podcast with NGF chief on COVID-19 response
• (5/14) Shackelford podcast with NGF chief on COVID-19 response
• (5/10) Ireland's 5-phase plan to reopen golf
• (5/10) Ireland's 5-phase plan to reopen golf
• (5/9) NPR: Yelling 'Fore', but two at a time
• (5/9) NPR: Yelling 'Fore', but two at a time
• (5/9) Clubs in Europe reopening but grappling with new rules
• (5/9) Clubs in Europe reopening but grappling with new rules
• (5/8) Michigan golf courses are now allowed to use carts
• (5/8) Michigan golf courses are now allowed to use carts

• (5/3) Daily Mail: UK courses hope to reopen by May 15
• (5/2) Alberta courses permitted to reopen May 2
• (5/1) High demand in Washington as courses finally set to open
• ( 5/1) Morning Read: Golf scrambles to adjust to new world order
• ( 5/1) Morning Read: Golf scrambles to adjust to new world order
• (4/30) Golf returns to Philly on spectacular weekend
• (4/30) Golf returns to Philly on spectacular weekend
• (4/29) New Mexico golf courses can reopen using social distancing guidelines
• (4/29) New Mexico golf courses can reopen using social distancing guidelines
• (4/29) California Bay Area courses may reopen Monday
• (4/28) Bay Area counties relax social distancing guidelines, opening door for golf return
• (4/28) Bay Area counties relax social distancing guidelines, opening door for golf return
• (4/27) Alberta golf courses hoping to reopen soon
• (4/27) Alberta golf courses hoping to reopen soon
• (4/26) NYTimes: Guerilla golfers are sneaking onto closed golf courses for their fix
• (4/26) NYTimes: Guerilla golfers are sneaking onto closed golf courses for their fix
• (4/25) North Idaho golf courses told to limit play to state residents
• (4/25) North Idaho golf courses told to limit play to state residents
• (4/24) Shut-out Pennsylvania golfers find fairways in Ohio, West Virginia
(4/23) Travel Weekly: Golf resorts optimistic for quick return
• (4/24) Shut-out Pennsylvania golfers find fairways in Ohio, West Virginia
(4/23) Travel Weekly: Golf resorts optimistic for quick return
(4/23) Travel Weekly: Golf resorts optimistic for quick return
(4/23) Travel Weekly: Golf resorts optimistic for quick return
(4/22) PGATour.com: Walking makes a comeback, pushcart sales soar
(4/22) Morning Read: With creativity, Golf Courses could thrive after Coronavirus
(4/22) PGATour.com: Walking makes a comeback, pushcart sales soar
(4/22) PGATour.com: Walking makes a comeback, pushcart sales soar
(4/22) PGATour.com: Walking makes a comeback, pushcart sales soar
(4/21) Ventura County, California, lightens restrictions and permits golf
(4/20) The Golf industry must re-imagine old practices for it to recover, writes Mike Dougherty
(4/20) The Golf industry must re-imagine old practices for it to recover, writes Mike Dougherty
(4/18) Golfers hopeful their state will reopen golf courses soon, following other states
(4/18) Golfers hopeful their state will reopen golf courses soon, following other states
(4/17) Star-Tribune: Sold-out tee times and happy golfers in Twin Cities
(4/15) Pellucid Perspective on state of the golf industry, April 2020
(4/15) Pellucid Perspective on state of the golf industry, April 2020
(4/14) Latest NGF insights on COVID-19 impact to golf industry revealed
(4/14) Latest NGF insights on COVID-19 impact to golf industry revealed
(4/15) Pellucid Perspective on state of the golf industry, April 2020
(4/15) Pellucid Perspective on state of the golf industry, April 2020
(4/14) Who qualifies and how to apply for the Golf Emergency Relief Fund
(4/14) Who qualifies and how to apply for the Golf Emergency Relief Fund
(4/13) Toledo mayor reopens city courses but only to Ohioans
(4/13) Toledo mayor reopens city courses but only to Ohioans
(4/12) USGA unveils fund to aid state golf associations
(4/13) Toledo mayor reopens city courses but only to Ohioans
(4/12) USGA unveils fund to aid state golf associations
(4/12) USGA unveils fund to aid state golf associations
(4/11) Beaumont Country Club opens doors to public as a general park
(4/11) Beaumont Country Club opens doors to public as a general park
(4/9) Bloomberg: Many courses are open despite social distancing mandates
(4/9) Bloomberg: Many courses are open despite social distancing mandates
(4/7) Forbes: Whether golfers can play depends on mandate language
(4/6) Despite state mandate permitting golf, Florida destinations vary greatly on course openings
(4/6) Texas Governor closes courses but opens door for walking
(4/6) Texas Governor closes courses but opens door for walking
(4/5) Citing bad behavior, Nevada governor closes golf courses in new order
(4/5) Citing bad behavior, Nevada governor closes golf courses in new order
(4/4) Dr John Torres: NBC News Correspondent on pro golf return this summer
(4/4) Dr John Torres: NBC News Correspondent on pro golf return this summer
(4/3) San Antonio bans playing golf on public & private courses with new order
(4/3) Iowa golf courses open to state residents only
(4/3) San Antonio bans playing golf on public & private courses with new order
(4/3) Maine Governor orders golf courses closed until May 1
(4/3) San Antonio bans playing golf on public & private courses with new order
(4/2) Dunn County allowing golf members to play despite Wisconsin state mandate
(4/3) San Antonio bans playing golf on public & private courses with new order
(4/1) Are Colorado golf courses allowed to open? No statewide answer in stay-at-home mandate
(4/3) San Antonio bans playing golf on public & private courses with new order
(4/1) Honolulu mayor orders privately-owned golf courses to close as well
(4/3) San Antonio bans playing golf on public & private courses with new order
(3/30) Ohio reverses previous ruling shutting down golf courses

(3/30) USGA: What happens if you don't maintain a golf course?

(3/28) Pinehurst auction announced to support employees

(3/25) Orange County, Florida institutes Stay-at-Home order. Golf Courses exempt

(3/25) Office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers confirms golf courses are included in non-essential
mandate and must close until April 24
(3/25) Office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers confirms golf courses are included in non-essential
(3/24) Bandon Dunes announced on March 24 they will close until April 6 6
(3/25) Office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers confirms golf courses are included in non-essential
(3/25) Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) confirms courses may remain open with restrictions
(3/25) Office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers confirms golf courses are included in non-essential
(3/23) In South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have suspended operations at their golf courses
(3/25) Office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers confirms golf courses are included in non-essential
(3/23) In South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have suspended operations at their golf courses
(3/25) Office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers confirms golf courses are included in non-essential
(3/23) In South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have suspended operations at their golf courses

(3/23) In South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have suspended operations at their golf courses

(3/23) In South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have suspended operations at their golf courses

(3/23) In South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have suspended operations at their golf courses

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