Golf and COVID-19: Latest news on course operations
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
• WATCH: The GolfNow Industry Report by GolfNow for June 16
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.