Golf and COVID-19: Latest news on course operations

Hawaii's governor is asking tourists, including golfers, to stay away as COVID-19 cases rise amid a travel spike.

UPDATED August 30 — The positive news regarding pandemic travel has shifted course as the Delta variant is causing spikes in cases, hospitalizations and even deaths across the U.S. Sunbelt.

While some vaccinated golfers have been able to take their dream links golf trips overseas to Scotland and Ireland, that window appears to be closing. The European Union has taken the United States off the "safe country" list, according to USA Today. It is recommending its members stop easing restrictions for nonessential travel for Americans.

Foreign countries aren't the only ones asking Americans to stay home. The CDC recently asked unvaccinated Americans not to travel over Labor Day weekend. Hawaii's governor is also asking all tourists to stay away as its hospitals show signs of overcrowding. Hawaii had been experiencing tourism in record numbers throughout the summer, too, despite limited rental cars, restrictions in restaurant capacity and a worker shortage.

The U.S.-Canadian border has remained reopened to fully vaccinated Americans since Aug. 9, according to USA Today.

Travel within the United States this summer has been chaotic in certain places. Flights remained expensive and rental cars in many airport locations scarce, which drove up the price as well.

Heading into fall, things are less certain. The debate over mask mandates and government lock downs and restrictions is starting to heat up again. The Boston Globe is reporting another predicted surge in Massachussetts that will likely mirror other states.

Is your golf course open? We are compiling the latest news on city, county and statewide shelter-in-place declarations and social distancing measures and how it relates to golf operations. The following Google spreadsheet has our latest news of city, county and statewide golf course suspensions or reopenings.

How to play golf safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many medical experts believe that golf is one of the safest activities you can participate in during the current outbreak as long as you take proper precautions. These include social distancing with the other golfers at the course and in your group, not sharing a golf cart unless it is with an immediate family member you live with, not shaking hands after the round and not socializing in the clubhouse afterwards. US governing bodies revealed new "Back 2 Golf" guidelines on May 5th that share best practices for golf course operators and players. See their recommendations here.

Golf Course Operators

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