Report: Nearly 40% of golf courses in U.S. are currently suspended as COVID-19 spreads

Courtesy of Golf Now

Fourteen states have issued orders to close all courses

As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., the golf industry feels its ripple effects. As of Wednesday, 37.1% of all courses in the U.S. have suspended operations, according to the latest data from GolfNow, which tracks 5,350 public and private facilities across the country.

On Tuesday Maine became the 14th state to suspend golf statewide, as governor Janet Mills ordered courses to be closed until May 1. The full list of states where golf is currently suspended: California, Illinois, Maine Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

Several states, including Texas, Florida, Colorado and Hawaii have left golf-related decisions to its counties and cities, and there are smatterings of course suspensions throughout those states.

The news isn't all grim for the industry. On Wednesday Arizona announced that golf would be classified as essential business and remain open during statewide stay-at-home orders.

According to the CDC, as of April 1 there are more than 186,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide, a spike of more than 24,000 cases in the preceding 24 hours.

Here's a closer look at golf's status in all 50 states.

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