5 Things RI Golfers Should be Thankful for in 2020

Despite the difficulties of 2020, Rhode Island golfers do have a few reasons to be thankful. 

With that in mind, GolfNewsRI has put together this list of five things that RI golfers should be thankful for. 

Happy Thanksgiving. 

5. Professional Golf Returns

Dustin Johnson PHOTO: TaylorMade

It sucked that The Players got canceled after the first round, there was no U.S. Senior Open in Newport and no fans at the Tournament at TPC Boston.

However, it was great to see the PGA Tour return in June.

Despite no fans, the pros gave us a great slate of golf to watch every weekend, including three majors.

Not to mention, a Masters Tournament in November.

4. Golf Rounds Up Nationally

Despite a global pandemic, golf rounds across the country were up by more than 10.8%, according to the National Golf Foundation.

Golf rounds in New England were up 53% in October and 13.5% for the year, compared to 2019.

This comes after the industry lost approximately 20 million rounds were lost early in the season due to clubs being closed due to the virus.

The only state that saw golf rounds drop was Hawaii, where many of their rounds come from tourism.

3. Cup Caddie (& Similar Products)

Cup Caddie

At the very beginning of the season, there were all kinds of restrictions. 

Golf carts were restricted, sharing clubs was restricted, and maybe the most impactful one was not being allowed to take the flag, or ball, out of the cup. 

Clubs across the state and country used the foam inserts or raised cups – which made putting unrealistic. 

We should be thankful for products like the Cup Caddie, and other similar ones, that made putting, and actually making putts, possible. 

2. November Golf 

This week not withstanding, Rhode Islanders have been lucky to get in some mid-November golf rounds. 

With temps reaching into the high 50s and 60s over the last few weeks, local clubs have been packed with players trying to get in a few extra rounds. 

In fact, even clubs like Valley, Triggs and Kings Crossing held their Turkey Trot/Turkey Shoot Out Tournaments just this past weekend. 

It is almost December.

What are the chances we can sneak a few more rounds in? 

  1. Golf Never Shut Down

Unlike many other states, including nearby Massachusetts, golf in Rhode Island never shut down. 

Sure, there was a delay in the tournament schedule, both state wide and at the local clubs, there were some silly restrictions and clubhouses were closed for a bit. 

However, the game of golf itself, never shut down. 

The tournaments all happened, the Rhode Island Amateur took place at Pawtucket Country Club with spectators, club championship tournaments happened throughout the state and more.

So despite being in lockdown, we could always escape to the golf course. 

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