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.  Below you will find statements, resources and information about NHGA Tournaments that have been postponed or cancelled.

MAY 1, 2020 UPDATE |  NEW HAMPSHIRE COURSES TO OPEN MAY 11, RESIDENTS & MEMBERS ONLY (please read below)

TO: New Hampshire Golf Community

For those that may have missed Governor Sununu’s press conference this afternoon, we were informed that golf course openings are included in Stay at Home 2.0, the first phase of the economic reopening of New Hampshire’s Economy. The guidance from the state has informed us that clubs will be permitted to open on Monday, May 11th to New Hampshire residents and members only.
 
We now know what our opening date will be and with that in mind, the NHGA will be working with our member clubs and all of you to ensure that we are in compliance with state policies and procedures in order to open safely. It is imperative that we as golfers take this responsibility seriously and abide by all social distancing guidelines that are in place. Please remember that state mandated guidelines have been established as the minimum required in order for a course to safely open and you may find that you club has instituted stronger measures in order to keep players and staff safe. We urge you to comply with all individual club policies and procedures.
 
We have waited our turn patiently and we believe that the golf industry can play an extremely important role in public health and the state economy. Please take this responsibility seriously and let’s show just how safely and responsibly we can play our game.
 
A full link to reopening guidance can be found by CLICKING HERE.
A link to the Universal Guidelines can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you,
New Hampshire Golf Association
 
APRIL 27, 2020 UPDATE
On today’s Economic Re-Opening Task Force conference call, the golf industry was represented as part of the Recreation sector. The task force was presented with a document that was created with the input of all industry stakeholders from around New Hampshire and New England. This includes, the New England PGA Section, the NEGCOA, the NH PGA Chapter, and the NHGCSA. A link to the document can be found by clicking below.
PROPOSAL DOCUMENT
 
APRIL 17, 2020 UPDATE
The NHGA continues to work with the statehouse and our allied organizations both inside and outside of New Hampshire on ways that golf can be safely played when allowed by the state. Our list below serves as a template for policies that have proven to be effective in states where golf is currently being allowed but in no way represents an all-encompassing list when golf is deemed to be safe. 
 
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.
 
NEW HAMPSHIRE GOLF ALLIANCE
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.
LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GOLF ALLIANCE
 
NHGA TOURNAMENT UPDATES
Stroke Play Series @ Canterbury Woods  |  Postponed to July 27
Tournament Series @ Wentworth by the Sea  |  Postponed to October 27
Club Team Championship  |  Postponed to June 20
Spring Four Ball  |  Postponed to September 20
Stroke Play Series @ Hooper  |  Postponed to June 9
New Hampshire Open  |  CANCELLED
Stroke Play Championship  |  Venue change --> now at Montcalm GC
 
GENERAL 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
Park & Play Program - National Golf Course Owners Association 


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 & GOLFERS ARE HELPING TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURSE
  • All tee time reservations, greens fees, and cart payments should be made online or over the phone. Pro shop and clubhouse areas should be closed with the exception of restrooms.
  • If not utilizing practice areas, golfers should stay in their cars until fifteen (15) minutes before their tee time and go directly to the first tee
  • Driving ranges can be open with appropriate social distancing practices and sanitizing procedures in place. Practice putting greens should be closed to discourage congregating. 
  • No congregating in or around the clubhouse area
  • Strict social distancing should be in effect. Golf course staff should verbalize or post signage to educate golfers on social distancing procedures
  • Tee time intervals should be at least 12-15 minutes between groups
  • Groups restricted to no more than four (4) players at a time
  • Using raised cups on the putting green or inserting pool noodles into the hole so that players do not have to pick the ball up out of the hole
  • Any in-round food service is limited to take out only 
  • Removing rakes from bunkers, ball washers, trash cans, penalty area stakes, sand containers, water coolers, scorecards, pencils, and other touch points from the golf course  
  • Removing flagsticks from the putting green or not allowing golfers to remove the flagstick from the hole
  • No sharing of golf clubs 
  • No caddies or staff handling clubs 
  • Thoroughly cleaning & sanitizing golf carts
  • Restricting players to one person per cart
  • 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 or high five with other golfers
  • If you are feeling sick, don't go play golf
  • Players should clean out their cart post-round, including removing all trash
  • Players should go directly from the 18th green to their vehicle 
  • Golf course staff shall monitor parking lot areas to ensure no post-round congregating or tailgating 
  • Follow the general guidelines set out by the CDC