The Metropolitan Golf Association has been closely monitoring all information and updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact the situation has on the golf industry. Our focus remains on the health and safety of our community at large, and working together within government guidance to practice social responsibility. During this challenging time, the MGA urges our members to follow the guidelines from health and governmental officials to keep our communities safe and minimize the possible exposure to coronavirus.
Below are links to helpful resources from our local and national authorities as well as resources specific to golf and business operations.
New Jersey: *Update* - Governor Phil Murphy signed a new Executive Order (EO 153) (issued June 9) which removes golf related restrictions imposed in previous Executive Orders. Social distancing and sanitation guidelines remain in effect.
New York: The New York State Department of Health has updated "Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency" as of March 25, 2021. Golf is classified as one of the low-risk recreation activities as determined by Empire State Development (ESD).
- Previous updates:
- More on Golf and New York - June 19, 2020
- JOINT ASSOCIATION STATEMENT AND UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN NEW YORK - April 9, 2020
JOINT ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN NEW YORK - March 27, 2020
Connecticut: Effective March 19, 2021 all COVID-related rules pertaining to golf in Connecticut fall into two categories: 1) the wearing of masks when social distancing can not be maintained, and 2) adherence to state guidelines that are specific to sectors such as restaurants, retail outlets and indoor/outdoor events. Sector Rules for Reopen
Back2Golf - WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of golf's leading organizations, has established "Back2Golf," a three-phased plan outlining operational guidelines to lead the responsible return of golf. These guidelines were established in partnership with: the USGA, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, Club Managers Association of America, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. These plans adhere to nationally established protocols and best practices. More information.
My MGA App
The My MGA App has been upgraded for the new golf season and allows you to enter hole-by-hole scores and track performance statistics right from your phone.
With access to many scoring kiosks off limits at this time, the app is the fastest and safest way to post your score immediately after a round. The My MGA App is available for download on both Apple and Android devices. Apple | Android
- MGA Championship Schedule Update - May 14, 2020
- Joint Association Statement and Update on COVID-19 Pandemic in New York - April 9, 2020
- Joint Association Statement on COVID-19 pandemic in New York - March 27, 2020
- MGA Schedule Updates - (updated 3/23)
- Rules and Handicapping Guidance During COVID - 19 Era - USGA (updated 3/20
- We Are Golf: Back2Golf Operations Playbook
- MGA Foundation: Reintroducing Caddie Programs Post COVID-19
- USGA Green Section COVID-19 Resource Center
- Met GCSA COVID-19 Resources
- National Golf Foundation COVID-19 Resource Center
- Coronavirus: What Clubs Needs to Know - National Club Association (NCA)
- COVID-19 Pandemic Resources - Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
- Coronavirus and Pandemic Viruses - Club Management Association of America (CMAA)
- Coronavirus and Your Golf Business - National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)
- Protecting Golfers and Staff Amid Coronavirus Outbreak - National Golf Foundation (NGF)
Departments of Health Resources: