NH Golf Course Re-Opening Information

NH Golf Course Re-Opening Information

New Hampshire golf courses re-opened on May 11th to residents and members, under strict social distancing guidelines.  As of May 18, driving ranges and putting greens in New Hampshire are permitted to be open to New Hampshire residents following the STAY AT HOME 2.0 - ATTRACTIONS guidelines.  Pro shops are also now permitted to be open, following the STAY AT HOME 2.0 - RETAIL guidelines.

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

On Friday, May 1st, Governor Sununu approved the re-opening of golf courses for May 11th for residents and members only.  The Economic Re-Opening Task Force released two documents: STAY AT HOME 2.0 - GOLF  and STAY AT HOME 2.0 - UNIVERSAL GUIDELINES.  See below for links to both documents along with links to other important sites for further guidelines to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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, no gathering before or after play is permitted.
  • 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 remain closed with the exception of restrooms.
  • Golfers must always maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other golfers and golf course staff.
  • Walking is encouraged, but single rider carts or family members living in the same house sharing a cart is permitted.
  • Proceed to your car immediately following play.  No congregating is permitted.
Please read the STAY AT HOME 2.0 - GOLF (updated) & the STAY AT HOME - UNIVERSAL GUIDELINES documents for complete guidelines.


  • Take all tee time reservations, cart and greens fees over the phone or online.
  • Clubhouses should remain closed with the exception of restrooms.  Pro shop retail sales may be taken over the phone with contact-less delivery.
  • Establish remote and touchless check-in procedures (internet or phone).
  • 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 should remain closed.
  • 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.
  • All staff must wear cloth face coverings when in the golf course facility and in public locations or shared staff areas (i.e. break rooms).
  • 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 12 minutes apart.
  • Walking in encouraged, but single rider carts are permitted. Family members living in the same house are permitted to ride together.
  • 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 should be minimal - no bunker rakes, cups raised/flipped or pool boodles and no on-course amenities (i.e. water stations, ball washers, sand boxes, benches, etc.) are permitted.
  • Golf instruction must be performed virtually. Small group lessons are permitted under the Amateur & Youth Sports Guidelines
  • League play may only be permitted if it follows appropriate tee time intervals and social distancing guidelines.
  • Clinics, camps and organized activities that do not adhere to Amateur & Youth Sports Guidelines are prohibited 
  • Caddie programs should be suspended.
  • 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) & 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?
    • New Hampshire residents.
    • Non-residents who are members of a brick and mortar New Hampshire golf course.
  • I own a second home in New Hampshire, but don't have a New Hampshire ID.  Will I be permitted to play?
    • No.  Only New Hampshire residents with a New Hampshire ID or members of a New Hampshire golf course are permitted to play on New Hampshire courses.
  • I am a member of a Type 2 or Type 3 New Hampshire club (i.e. The MPGL, New Hampshire Seniors, Live Free Golf) but am not a New Hampshire resident.  Can I play in New Hampshire?
    • No.  Non-residents must be a member at a brick and mortar New Hampshire course.
  • 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
  • If there are no rakes in bunkers, what happens if I get an unfavorable lie from a previous golfer being in the bunker?
    • For the time being, golfers are permitted to play lift, clean and place in bunker.
  • Are clubhouses and pro shops open?
    • Clubhouses are to remain closed with the exception of restrooms. Pro shops may open under Retail 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.
  • For single-rider carts, can we put two bags on the cart if we, the golfers, keep the required 6 feet apart?
    • No.  The social distancing goes for all people and equipment.  Single-rider carts should have only one bag for that one golfer.
    • Family members living in the same house are permitted to share a cart.
  • Are driving ranges open to non-New Hampshire residents?
    • No.  At this time, driving ranges in New Hampshire are only open to New Hampshire residents.
  • Are practicing putting greens and chipping areas open?
    • Putting greens are open. There has been no guidance provided on chipping/short game areas
Please reach out to the NHGA at membership@nhgolf.com with any questions.


  • Can the pro shop or clubhouse be open?
    • The clubhouse should remain closed with the exception of restrooms.  You should continue to take all tee time reservations, cart and greens fees over the phone or online.  You are permitted to take retail orders over the phone with contact-less delivery. Pro-shops are considered retail establishments at this time and those that are open must abide by Retail 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. 12 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. 12 minute tee time intervals).
  • What mobile apps can golfers use to replace paper scorecards?
    • We recommend the GHIN Mobile App - golfers can utilize this to record their score after each hole and then promptly post their score following their round.  Other apps that can be used are 18Birdies, USwing, Hole 19.
  • 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.
  • For single-rider carts, are golfers allowed to put two bags on the cart if the players still remain the required 6 feet apart?
    • No.  The social distancing goes for all people and equipment.  Single-rider carts should have one bag for that one golfer.
  • 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