Thinking about playing a few holes?
If you are thinking about getting out of the house to play a few holes, you may have to think again. According to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, a number of states have instituted a total golf ban in the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic. My home state of New Jersey, along with Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have decided that prohibiting golf completely is imperative in the battle to slow the spreading virus. Since golf does not involve close proximity to others, and is one of the few outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in complete solitude, one may think this counterintuitive—even patently absurd. Perhaps the Governors of these states view golfers as mentally challenged, unable to comprehend social gathering guidelines or incapable of refraining from physical contact following the holes-in-one that occur with such great frequency. Maybe they believe that golfers will suddenly begin to travel great distances, spreading the virus hither and yon, rather than play their local course.
Some things are understandable, but …..
While it is certainly prudent to close golf course dining and pro shop retail facilities, place a moratorium on golf tournaments and outings and restrict the use of electric carts, banning golf entirely is simply ridiculous.
It’s common sense.
If golf courses prefer to close rather than comply with state directives and guidelines, that should be up to them individually. As we attempt to cope with this difficult situation, let’s hope that our political leaders exercise good judgement and common sense.
The status of golf.
The GCSAA link bellow will provide an overview for the status of golf in your state.
If you are lucky enough to still have golf as an available outdoor activity, visit GolfDay to find the best course nearby.