Which States Are Still Open to Golf?

By Ryan Watson

Nature Wallpaper
 

With most states using stay-at-home orders as a method for fighting the coronavirus, many golfers have wondered whether it is still legal to golf in their state. Luckily the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is maintaining a state-by-state list that is updated daily. The following listings were accurate as of April 20. 
 

 

STATE

CAN GOLF BE PLAYED?

CAN COURSE MAINTENANCE CONTINUE?

ANY LOCAL RESTRICTIONS?

Alabama

Yes

Yes

 

Alaska

Pending

Pending

 

Arizona

Yes

Yes

Preempted by state

Arkansas

Yes

Yes

 

California

Yes

Yes

Contact county officials for local restrictions. (The surrounding 5 S.F Bay area counties bans golf until May 3rd. Maintenance is still allowed with social distancing.)

Colorado

CO is open for play, but it is up to each county health department whether golf is allowed to play.

Yes

Tri County closed for play; maintenance allowed

Connecticut

Yes

Yes

 

Delaware

Yes

Yes

 

Florida

Yes

Yes

City/Country restrictions may impact play. Check with local authorities.

Georgia

Yes

Yes

Stay at home orders upcoming in Savannah and parts of Atlanta

Hawaii

Yes

Yes

Big Island remains open; Maui, Kauai, Oahu closed to play.

Idaho

Yes

Yes

 

Illinois

No

Yes

Local considerations

Indiana

Yes

Yes

Howard County and Marion County golf courses are closed for play; maintenance may continue

Iowa

Yes

Yes

Check with local authorities for further guidelines

Kansas

Yes

Yes

Some cities are preventing play; seeking clarification on maintenance

Kentucky

Yes

Yes

Some local municipalities are closing courses for play.

Louisiana

Yes

Yes

 

Maine

No

Yes

 

Maryland

No

Yes

 

Massachusetts

No

Yes

Town Boards of Health may restrict maintenance

Michigan

No

Golf courses may designate workers whose in-person presence is strictly necessary to conduct minimum basic operations and done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 10 of the order.

Please contact local police departments to work collectively on allowable personnel and practices.

Minnesota

No- golf reopens for play at 5:00 am on April 18

Yes

 

Mississippi

Yes

Yes

 

Missouri

Yes

Yes

Check with local authorities

Montana

Yes

Yes

 

Nebraska

Yes

Yes

 

Nevada

No

Yes

 

New Hampshire

No

Yes

 

New Jersey

No

Yes

 

New Mexico

No

Yes

 

New York

No

Yes

 

North Carolina

Yes

Yes

Consult local authorities for specific restrictions

North Dakota

Yes

Yes

 

Ohio

Yes

Yes

Contact local health department as interpretations from the EO have varied.

Oklahoma

Yes

Yes

 

Oregon

Yes

Yes

 

Pennsylvania

No

Yes

 

Rhode Island

Yes

Yes

 

South Carolina

Yes

Yes

(Horry County – open for play and maintenance); City of Myrtle Beach is open for play for residents only; seeking clarification on maintenance)

South Dakota

Yes

Yes

Local restrictions may be forthcoming; Rapd City open for play/maintenance

Tennessee

Yes

Yes

Golf courses in the Tennessee State Parks will be closed until April 9; Shelby County (Memphis) and Sevierville city courses are closed but maintenance is allowed

Texas

Yes

Yes

Counties may restrict play (Harris County – open for play and maintenance; Dallas County – still seeking clarification)

Utah

Yes

Yes

Cities may restrict play

Vermont

No

Yes

 

Virginia

Yes

Yes

 

Washington

No

Yes

 

West Virginia

Yes

Yes

 

Wisconsin

No - golf open for play on April 24

Yes

 

Wyoming

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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