Golf and COVID-19: Latest news on course operations

As of Monday, May 11th, every state in the United States will be permitting golf on some level for the first time since March 19th.

New Hampshire is the final state to permit golf courses to open, doing so on Monday morning. The state's courses had been closed since March 27th. Among the social distancing restrictions of play are 12-minute tee times and clubhouses must be closed and tee times booked online or over the phone. Golf carts are permitted but will be single-rider unless golfers live in the same household.

Last Thursday morning, the state of Massachusetts finally lifted its ban on playing golf, an order that was mandated by the state on March 26th. Massachusetts was the last state in the U.S. to issue guidance on when golf can be played again. Their announcement permits golf courses to open immediately, joining Vermont and Maryland as states that can reopen as of May 7th. Rules for Massachusetts operators, according to the MassGolf.org, include no motorized golf carts, tee times spaced 15 minutes apart, and practice and clubhouse facilities must remain closed. Other common social distancing guidelines implemented by golf courses across the U.S. must also be installed.