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Really - why lock the thread because of my post? Only stating facts? Nothing wrong and honest opinion. Many other golfers I now feel the same. Said absolutely nothing wrong...

As far as I know ALL courses in New Jersey & the surrounding area are open.

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Northern NJ here.

I am at Montclair Golf Club and they stayed open until this Saturday. Golf courses, range and Turn house remained open but clubhouse, locker rooms and all bar/grill/dining was closed. You could order take out.

Come Saturday evening and government mandated closing of all "non-essential" businesses forced them to close the course and range too.

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Here was today's update after yesterday's closures:

 

“Yesterday we notified golfers that state park courses would be closed. During subsequent discussions we determined that we would be able to allow limited rounds at select courses that are open.

 

Golf courses will implement a number of preventive measures, including increasing intervals between tee times, removing bunker rakes and ball washers, and decreasing use of golf carts; and facilities may take additional measures to ensure social distancing. Remember to be smart, stay six feet apart.

 

Visitor and staff safety remains our highest priority as we continue to monitor conditions daily. We apologize for any inconvenience and confusion this may have caused."

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Westchester County NY public courses remain open as of today, though we had snow and rain all day, so I doubt there was much play. Some of the daily fee courses around have closed (or never opened) but some are open for now. Golf courses don't seem to fit in the "essential services" definition, but do seem to fit the social distance recreation. And since the golf courses pretty much fund the rest of the county parks, I'm sure they're loathe to close down the only income generators they have.

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I'm playing tomorrow. I always walk and the courses here have adopted some sensible policies that should help. All rakes are taken off the course. The cup is raised an inch above grade and thus no need to reach in or touch flagstick. Hit the cup = holed. I assume these rounds won't be posted for handicaps. They also are not taking cash, closed food counters, scrubbing down surfaces and carts throughout the day.

Nothing is a guarantee but walking your dog in the park or playing golf seem to be low risk activities. As serious as the current situation is, there is a balance that needs to be met lest the measures being taken end up leaving us in a situation that is unrecoverable. Kinda like the doctor who was asked how the surgery went and he replied "The operation was a success, but the patient died."

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thats incorrect, in NJ all private clubs are closed as well unless of course you own the course and play it yourself but its state law at this point. hoping the governor signs a waiver to allow members only to walk private clubs as a socially distant activity like they did in MI

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I haven't heard of any courses closing in the Orlando area.

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St Andrews links have announced that all courses are closed, that will be for at least 3 weeks with government guidelines

 

Really feel for anyone who's booked a dream golf holiday for the next 3 weeks

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Courses in Orange Cty, CA are closed indefinitely. Courses in nearby counties are closed or closing. Some courses are trying to stay open by adjusting how people are distributed on the course and providing safer environments but that's not fitting the big picture of the State Order. A business is either essential or nonessential and the Governors office decides which is which. Also, a Governors Health order supersedes any and all county orders requiring compliance.

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Interestingly as compared to other states, this course has now reopened even though Indiana's stay-at-home order is going into effect at midnight tonight. Another course pointed at the state and city of Indy not closing their courses as reason why they are staying open. The language of the executive order was a bit ambiguous towards outdoor activity, and it seems courses here will stay open for that reason.

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Played in men’s league today. Rather than a shotgun start we went off 1 and 10 either walking or 1 per cart. It was nice to get out after a 3 week layoff. Round pool float in the holes and no rakes made for an odd round.

 

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Just got our league email today, a shout out to get ready to begin the golf season. We are waiting to hear from the course as to what is actually going to happen. Courses haven’t opened yet (just snowed again) but it’s nearly time. What a bummer. No Masters and likely no golf this spring. All secondary, of course, to people staying well.

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I probably shouldn't say until the situation is clarified. Some of the affected staff said they were fired, but management is saying that there were "necessary layoffs". I'm not sure which is correct. Perhaps both. In either case, there are a lot of hard feelings going around as the owner appears to be preparing for a lengthy shutdown.

On a happier note, I heard of one course whose management appealed to the Governor to exempt golf courses from the mandatory shutdown. I'd like to see them open to walkers. Since, I'm one of the few at my course, this solution appeals to me.

 

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