COVID-19 Information & Resources

COVID-19 Information & Resources


This page serves as a way to update NHGA Members and Member Clubs on information relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 27, 2020 Update
At this time, the NHGA understands that per Emergency Order #17, golf course maintenance will be permitted but all golf courses are deemed to be non-essential and will be closed effective 11:59pm. We appreciate the support of our allied organizations, our member clubs, and our members as we advocated for the game during this incredibly challenging time. The safety and health of our members continues to be paramount and we urge all of our member clubs to comply with the Emergency Order. We will continue our advocacy efforts in the hope that all of our clubs are back up and running as soon as is practicable. Please continue to remain safe and reach out to the NHGA with any questions.
The NHGA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and as always, the health and safety of our members and staff is paramount.  With that in mind, the NHGA has chosen to cancel all seminars and trainings that were planned for March and April.  World Handicap System (WHS) seminars are available on the NHGA YouTube page.  The NHGA has also altered some tournament dates and those changes can be viewed on our Tournament Schedule

The NHGA Staff will continue working Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and we're available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  While we are working from home during this time, responses to voicemails left in our office may be delayed.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.  See below for more info & resources as we navigate this difficult time.

The New Hampshire Golf Alliance is working hard to advocate for golf course during this uncertain time.  Click below for a statement from the NH Golf Alliance.
STATEMENT FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GOLF ALLIANCE


STATEMENT FROM THE ALLIED GOLF ASSOCIATIONS OF NEW ENGLAND/NORTHEAST
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to progress, the Allied Golf Association of New England/Northeast will remain a dependable resource for members and the golf community at large.  Guided by advice from public health and government officials, we will respond to any questions you may have and direct you to the appropriate contacts so that individuals can make the most informed decisions along with their friends, colleagues and families.  We are in this together, and we believe that collectively taking the appropriate measures will ensure a safer golf community for all to enjoy in the future.


RESOURCES
Please be sure to visit the following websites and monitor daily advisories from the CDC and the WHO.  The recommendations from these agencies should be used as the primary source of information when updating protocols.

CDC - Website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WHO - Website for the World Health Organization


INFO & RESOURCES FOR THE GOLF COMMUNITY
USGA
- Guidelines to assist clubs relating to the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Handicapping
National Club Association - What clubs need to know about COVID-19.  The NCA is actively working to compile key resources to protect clubs, their employees and members.  In addition, they are sending an NCA Coronavirus Update newsletter to keep clubs up-to-date on the latest news and resources, offering Town Hall calls to answer questions and continually updating this website.
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America - COVID-19 Pandemic Resources
PGA of America - Golf Operations Recommendations


GENERAL WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF & OTHERS
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Practice social distancing
  • Cover your mouth and nose with you cough or sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas daily

WAYS GOLF COURSES ARE HELPING TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
  • Using raised cups on the putting green
  • Removing rakes from bunkers
  • Removing flagsticks from the putting green / or not allowing golfers to remove the flagstick from the hole
  • Thoroughly cleaning & sanitizing golf carts
  • Restricting players to one person per cart

WAYS GOLFERS CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES ON THE COURSE
  • Wipe down the parts of your clubs & golf bag that touch the golf cart
  • Wipe down the steering wheel and seat of the golf cart
  • Practice social distancing on the tee box and putting green
  • Don't shake hands with other golfers
  • If you are feeling sick, don't go play golf
  • Follow the general guidelines set out by the CDC