NH Golf Course Re-Opening Information

NH Golf Course Re-Opening Information


GOLF PHASE 2 - in effect June 5, 2020
  • New Hampshire courses are now open to the GENERAL PUBLIC (residents & non-residents).
  • Tee times intervals can be 10 MINUTES.
  • Walking is encouraged, but DOUBLE OCCUPANCY cart use is permitted.  Non-household members riding in the same cart should wear cloth face coverings over nose and mouth when riding in the cart or within 6 feet of eachother.
  • Golf course setup can return to normal.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS & LINKS
Below is detailed information all golfers and clubs should know and follow as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire.  Click any of the following links to learn more.

GUIDELINES FOR GOLFERS
GUIDELINES FOR COURSES
GUIDELINES FOR DRIVING RANGES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR GOLFERS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR COURSES
HANDICAPPING & RULES OF GOLF GUIDELINES
NHGA COVID-19 INTERVIEW SERIES


If your golf course is in need of disposable masks, you can order them here >> Mask Order Form for Businesses

  • Players should make a tee time either online or over the phone.  Do not show up to a golf course without reserving a tee time in advance.
  • Players should remain in their car until no more than 15 minutes prior to their tee time - at which time they may check-in and proceed to the starting tee.
  • Golf bags should be brought by the player and not handled by anyone except the player. No sharing of clubs is allowed.  No rental clubs are allowed.
  • Clubhouses & pro shops are to permitted to be open under proper guidelines.
  • Golfers must always maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other golfers and golf course staff.
  • Walking is encouraged, but double occupancy carts are permitted.  Non-household members riding in the same cart should wear cloth face coverings over nose and mouth when riding in the cart and within 6 feet of eachother.
Please read the STAY AT HOME 2.0 - GOLF (updated 6.5.20) & the STAY AT HOME - UNIVERSAL GUIDELINES documents for complete guidelines.


  • Clubhouses & pro shops are permitted to open under proper guidelines.
  • Golf course staff should not handle any player clubs at any time.
  • Food and Liquor Service should align with the Food Services phased schedule.
  • Halfway Houses are permitted to open.
  • Beer and food carts may run but employees must wear cloth face coverings and properly clean and disinfect hard surfaces between sales.
  • Other clubs amenities (i.e. pool, lockerrooms, etc.) should remain closed.
  • Direct customer contact employees shall wear cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when at work and around others.
  • Make hand washing stations and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizer readily available.
  • Restrooms should be frequently cleaned and disinfected, especially high-touch areas.
  • Group play of no more than four (4) is permitted.
  • Tee times should be atleast 10 minutes apart.
  • Walking is encouraged, but double occupancy carts are permitted.  Non-household members riding in the same cart should wear cloth face coverings over nose and mouth when riding in the cart and within 6 feet of eachother.
  • All carts must be properly sanitized before and after each use.
  • Cart staging for daily or event play must accommodate social distancing guidelines.
  • Push carts may be permitted, provided they are cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  • Golf course setup may return to normal.
  • Golf instruction may be resumed with adherence to strict social distancing guidelines.
  • League, camp and clinic play may be permitted if it follows appropriate tee time intervals and social distancing guidelines.
  • Caddie programs should be suspended.
  • Youth activities may be resumed with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines.
  • Eliminate the use of paper scorecards and pencils.  Encourage golfers to make sure of GHIN Mobile App or other scorecard apps (i.e. 18Birdies, USwing, Hole19).
Please read the STAY AT HOME 2.0 - GOLF (updated 6.5.20) & the STAY AT HOME 2.0 - UNIVERAL GUIDELINES documents for complete guidelines to follow.



As of May 18, New Hampshire driving ranges are permitted to open under all the guidelines outlined in the STAY AT HOME 2.0 - ATTRACTIONS document.  Here are a few important points to follow:
  • Capacity is limited to the number of people where social distancing is able to be safely maintained with at least 6 feet of separation between individuals and between groups at all times.  Close household contacts (e.g. a parent and child) are allowed closed than 6 feet to eachother.
  • Groups of more than 10 people are not allowed.
  • Where possible, clearly mark physical distancing spaces/ guidelines with floor/ ground markings or signs.
  • Utilize touch-free/ contactless payment options when possible, reducing face-to-face purchase transactions.
  • Limit surfaces touched by visitors and employees.
  • All camps and organized groups will remain suspended.

  • Who is allowed to play on New Hampshire golf courses?
    • The general public (residents & non-residents)
  • Should I still post my score despite all the course modifications?
    • Yes.  The USGA released information and guidelines regarding the Rules of Handicapping and Rules of Golf during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the statement, they are temporary allow scores to be posted under the modified conditions (i.e. raised cups, no bunker rakes, etc).
    • Read the statement by CLICKING HERE
  • Are clubhouses and pro shops open?
    • Clubhouses & pro shops are permitted to be open following proper guidelines.
  • How do I book a tee time?
    • All golfers should make a tee time online or over the phone.  No golfer should show up to the course without a reserved tee time.
Please reach out to the NHGA at membership@nhgolf.com with any questions.


  • Can the pro shop or clubhouse be open?
    • Pro shops and clubhouses are permitted to be open under the proper guidelines.
  • Can the driving range and practice putting green at my course be open?
    • Yes
  • Can I still run a league?
    • Yes, so long as you are following all relevant policies and procedures (i.e. 10 minute tee time intervals, one player per cart, etc).
  • Can I still run an outing?
    • Yes, so long as you are following all relevant policies and procedures (i.e. 10 minute tee time intervals).
  • My course doesn't have an online tee time reservation system.  Can you recommend one to use?
    • We can recommend ForeUP for Tee Sheet software, Point of Sale software, website, etc.  You can learn more about them on their website, www.foreupgolf.com.  If you are interested, reach out to the NHGA for more information and for special NHGA pricing available.
  • Now that driving ranges are open, can we open our practice putting green and chipping area?
    • Putting greens are permitted to be open. We have received no guidance on chipping/short game areas.
Please reach out the NHGA with any questions.




The USGA has provided detailed guidance for golfers and golf courses in relation to the Rules of Handicapping and Rules of Golf during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is important to note that during this time, the USGA is temporarily allowing scores to be posted while golf courses make modifications that would not normally comply with Rules of Golf or Rules of Handicapping. 

Golfers should post their score immediately following their round either on the GHIN Mobile App on their personal device or on GHIN.com using their personal computer at home.  No scores should be posted using a Score Posting Kiosk at a course.  If you are in need of your GHIN number, please email the NHGA at membership@nhgolf.com or reach out to your home club.

Read the full statement from the USGA by CLICKING HERE.




Interview with Scott Peters, President of Golf & Ski Warehouse:
 


Interview with Mike Moraghan, Execuvite Director of the Connecticut State Golf Association:


Interview with Matt Gaynor, Head Golf Professional at Nonesuch River Golf Club (ME):
 

Interview with Jordan Hollenbeck, ForeUP Golf
Attention New Hampshire golf courses looking for a tee sheet solution:  for more information on ForeUP Golf visit - https://blog.foreupgolf.com/topic/covid-19