36% of Golf Courses in the Northeast are Open

With the coronavirus continuing to have an affect across the country, 36% of golf courses in the northeast are open, according to the National Golf Foundation (NGF). 

That number is up 17% from last week, when, as GolfNewsRI reported, just 19% of courses were open. 

“The New England region saw Maine’s courses back in operation as of May 1, but includes two of the only three states that haven’t cleared golf courses to open: Massachusetts and Vermont, which account for 47% of supply in the region,” writes NGF.

Massachusetts and Vermont are two of only three states in the entire country that are disallowing golf at the moment. 

With Massachusetts, it feels like there has been some movement toward opening the courses as Mass Golf executives had a meeting with Governor Charlie Baker’s re-opening advisory board over the weekend, as GolfNewsRI reported. 

In Rhode Island, Triggs Memorial, and other Providence golf courses remain closed. 

Chart courtesy of the National Golf Foundation

Golf Across the U.S. 

Across the country, 79% of golf courses are open for play, which is up from 58% the previous week. 

New England still has the lowest amount of courses open in the country at 36% while the pacific region is the second lowest at 38%. 

“In the Pacific, restrictions in parts of California and Washington (at least until May 5) continued to keep more than 60% of courses temporarily closed,” writes NGF. 

In the mid-west, 91 an 90% of courses are open, while 95% are courses are open in the south. 

Overall, all nine regions saw at least a 10% increase in course openings.

Chart courtesy of the National Golf Foundation

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