Governor Charlie Baker announced on Thursday that Massachusetts golf courses would be allowed to open for operation while plans are being made to reopen non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. There are still many guidelines that courses must adhere to...
· Security personnel can be delineated by each club (ex. a pro and the head starter) and will be present to enforce social distancing. There can be no other employees working at the recreational component of the golf operation.
· All staff must wear face coverings while on the property
· Club facilities including but not limited to the club house, pro shop, restaurant, bag room and locker room must remain closed
· No caddies allowed
· No golf carts allowed
· Push carts may be used. Players must either carry their own bag or use a push cart
· All golfers must maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times
· Groups of players are restricted to no more than 4 players at one time.
· Maintenance personnel are permitted to work on the golf course
· Tee Time Policy must be 15 minutes between groups
· Golfers must stay in their car until 15 minutes before their tee time and must return to their car immediately following play
· Online and remote payment options must be utilized
· All golfers must use their own golf clubs. Sharing golf clubs or rental golf clubs is not allowed.
· Flag sticks must remain in the hole. Hole liners must be raised so picking a ball out of the hole doesn't occur
· Bunker rakes must be removed, and ball washers must be removed or covered.
· Practice putting green, driving range, and chipping areas must be closed.
· Facilities must have readily accessible hand sanitizer