Golf in the Coronavirus era: latest health and safety recommendations

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How to play golf with coronavirus Covid-19 safety recommendations

Thousands of golf courses in the U.S. have suspended play as COVID-19 continues to spread across the nation. But many health officials believe golf can be played during this difficult time – as long as precautions are taken. The Golf & Health Project, which is supported by the World Golf Foundation, has listed the following guidelines for golfers who have not been required to self-isolate and plan to tee up:

  • Book online, so reducing contacts in and around the clubhouse
  • Change shoes in the car park and avoid the clubhouse, or changing areas, whenever possible

  • Use social distancing (6 feet rule) on the putting green

  • Meet on the first tee with modified greetings from a distance

  • Insist on social distancing (6 feet rule) on tees, greens and throughout the rounds

  • Golf buggies should only be used by single individuals and cleaned afterwards

  • Golfers should only pick their own ball up

  • Handle your own scorecard only

  • Do not use public drinking fountains or course water jugs or ball cleaners, bring own refreshments, towels and ball cleaners if needed

  • Leave the flag in place while putting

  • Sort out the sand in the bunker with a club (or your own rake!)

  • Do not use air hoses for cleaning shoes or equipment following the round

  • Players should use hand sanitizer on the way round and at the end

  • No handshakes on 18th green

  • Avoid the clubhouse, whenever possible

  • Finish and go home!

The projects also has the following recommendations for golf clubs and management:

  • Organize online booking to reduce congregation around the clubhouse

  • Allow shoes to be changed in the car park

  • Follow general hygiene advice and e.g. make hand sanitizers are available in the clubhouse

  • Golf buggies should be used by single individuals and cleaned afterwards

  • Take drinking fountains and ball cleaners out of play

  • Close air pressure cleaners for cleaning shoes following the round

Stay safe out there, everyone.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, Golf News Hub is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public departments.