With Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Maine, New Mexico and much of Hawaii allowing golf, and New Jersey and Washington set to open for golf this weekend, there are now just four states that are restricting play.
“Golf has always been well-positioned as a safe and healthy activity during this time of crisis – provided operational modifications and safeguards for golfers and golf course employees are in place. That’s been clearly evidenced recently as more states and counties have eased up on restrictions in concert with slowing coronavirus growth rates and the public’s improved adherence to accepted social distancing practices,” writes the National Golf Foundation.
The four states currently disallowing golf include Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Those states combine for 675 golf courses, with Massachusetts accounting for more than half of that total.
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Menachem noted that Mass Golf has been in contact with Governor Charlie Baker’s office and has put together a formal packet focusing on the benefits of resuming the game.
“We are ready. We have been working on behalf of you. We want to support you as golfers, as member clubs, as industry representatives. We thank you for that patience, but it’s time to move forward. It’s time to open golf, and we look forward to that in the near future,” said Menachem in a video posted to Mass Golf’s YouTube page.
Mass Golf has already canceled the 111th Massachusetts Open, and all six Mass Open qualifying events.