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.
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.
- Back2Golf Operations Playbook - Version 3.0 (May 18, 2020)
New Jersey: *Update* - On May 18 Governor Phil Murphy announced a new Executive Order to allow some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart operations. Under this new EO, as of May 19, foursomes are forecaddies are permitted. Golf driving ranges are permitted to open as of May 22. Social distancing will continue to be mandated.
Previously, Governor Phil Murphy announced a new executive order on April 29 that allowed golf courses to open as of Saturday, May 2. The Governor stressed that social distancing will continue to mandated. (Executive Order 133)
New York: The New York State Department of Economic Development published further guidance on Executive Order 202.6 on April 17 which provided an update: “However, golf courses are not essential and cannot have employees working on-premise; notwithstanding this restriction, essential services, such as groundskeeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by employees, contractors, or vendors are permitted and private operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided.”
- More on Golf and New York - April 17, 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: Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7H (updated April 10) classifies golf courses and driving ranges as essential businesses. As per the state: Golf courses and driving ranges have been allowed to remain open so long as courses and golfers adhere to social distancing guidelines. Courses will not open their clubhouses, golfers are asked to walk or drive alone in a cart, and golfers must remain at least six feet from other people.
- 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
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
- We Are Golf: Back2Golf Operations Playbook
- 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)
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