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Only 19% of Golf Courses in the Northeast are Open

With the coronavirus continuing to spread across the country and the region, just 19% of golf courses are open in the northeast, according to the National Golf Foundation (NGF). 

This is down 4% from last week’s number of 23%. 

“While that % for the New England region is down, I wouldn’t read too much into that “decline” as it’s within the margin of error for the latest survey.  Our recent polls suggested that approximately 75% of courses are open in Rhode Island overall,” said NGF Editorial Director Erik Matuszewski in an email to GolfNewsRI. 

The only states that are allowing golf to be played is Rhode Island and Connecticut. 

Chart courtesy of the National Golf Foundation.

Golf Courses Across the Country  

Across the country, 58% of golf courses are open with the most coming in the south and midwest regions, each with 83% of courses open. 

This number will rise as Pennsylvania, Washington and Illinois are expected to open golf courses next week. 

“The upward trajectory is projected to continue even more significantly as additional states and counties include golf among safe, outdoor activities permitted during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest NGF projections suggest that 72% of courses could be open by mid-May or earlier, as Illinois and Pennsylvania will both allow courses to reopen as of May 1 and Washington follows starting May 5,” writes NGF. 

According to NGF, Pennsylvania has about 700 golf courses, while Illinois has over 650. 

Meanwhile, in New York, golf is not considered an essential business, however, operations have been allowed to continue at many of the state’s 850 courses. 

Chart courtesy of National Golf Foundation.

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