Golf and COVID-19: Latest news on course operations

DENHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 02: A hand sanitizer dispenser next to the 18th green during The Rose Ladies Series at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on July 02, 2020 in Denham, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

UPDATED July 10th, 2020 — This week, the PGA Tour is at Muirfield Village for the first of back-to-back tournaments. Both events are being held without fans, which is a reversal from the previous hopes by Jack Nicklaus and the Tour of staging the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide with fans in attendance. Tiger Woods has committed to next week's event, his first tournament back since the coronavirus shutdown.

Earlier this week, the long-anticipated news about the 2020 Ryder Cup was made official: The event has been pushed back to 2021, and the 2021 Presidents Cup has been moved back a year as well. The 2022 Ryder Cup has been moved to 2023. Read more about the scheduling details from Rex Hoggard at GolfChannel.com.

Future of college golf programs and courses uncertain

The impact of COVID-19 on college athletic departments is beginning to grow as more and more programs are announcing cuts to sports and facilities. While Stanford's announced cuts do not impact the golf program, Dartmouth announced it is ending not only its golf program but will also not reopen their golf course, Hanover Country Club.

There is some positive news in the collegiate Space. Yale Golf Club, which has reportedly been maintained at minimum since COVID-19 closed most of the university's operations, will soon receive a full maintenance team and begin preparations for reopening, reports Brentley Romaine for GolfChannel.com.

In the latest GolfNow Weekly Industry Report, Gary Williams shares updates on rounds played as well as encouraging data from new and reactivated golfers.

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Latest golf-related coronavirus news

Record rounds reported on Utah golf courses
California's Elkins Ranch closing permanently on Labor Day
What it's currently like playing golf at Pebble Beach Golf Resort
Colorado's Keystone Resort only operating one of two courses this summer
Members pitch in to save Scotland's Brora Golf Club in 2020
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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. In the U.S. as of June 1, there are 13 locations open. To view by location, click here.

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• (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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