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Below is a list of recent emails sent out to GCSACC members regarding the COVID-19 situation.

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  • October 01, 2020 2:00 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    UPDATED STATEWIDE GUIDELINES PERTAINING TO GOLF FACILITIES IN MASSACHUSETTS

    (Updated on Mass.gov on 10/1/20; Effective on 10/5/20)

    The Governor and his Administration made two important updates to the golf specific guidance inclusive of the allowance of Double Rider carts for all golfers and the option for Removal of Flagsticks with Hole Liners no longer being required. These allowances will be statewide and not specific to lower risk communities.

    NOTICE: Golf courses and facilities may use these specific allowances as they see fit for their daily golf operations. We ask that you continue to exercise caution and care for the well-being of all staff and golfers in implementing these updated allowances.

    Click here for Golf Facility Guidance

    Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Golf Facilities

    Click here for Youth and Amateur Sports Guidance


    The following language is no longer included in the golf facility guidelines on Mass.gov for Phase III Step 2

    Effective 10/5/20

    FLAGSTICKS AND HOLE LINERS

    REMOVED: Notify golfers that flag sticks must remain in the hole. Hole liners must be raised or otherwise adjusted so that players do not reach into the hole to retrieve a ball.

    • It is at the discretion of the golf facility whether or not they would like to use hole liners.  
    • It is at the discretion of the golf facility whether or not they will allow flag sticks to be removed.
    • NOTE: Golfers should ask the golf facility prior to their round whether or not they can remove the flag stick from the hole.

    DOUBLE RIDER CARTS

    REMOVED: Golf carts to be used only if each cart is used by and contains only a single rider or a group of golfers living in the same house.

    • It is at the discretion of the golf facility whether or not they would like to allow use of double rider golf carts by individuals not living in the same household.
    • NOTE: Golfers should ask the golf facility prior to their round whether or not they are allowing double rider golf carts to be used by individuals not living in the same household.


    The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) will continue to work with the Governor's Administration and communicate with our respective memberships as updates are made available regarding the clarification and/or any relaxing of guidelines. Our staff is here to help you with any questions you may have as we continue to safely play golf.
    Please visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on social media for up to date information.

    Well wishes,

    Jesse Menachem
    Executive Director/CEO
    Mass Golf

  • July 07, 2020 10:31 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR GOLF -TOURNAMENTS/SHOTGUN  EVENTS

    Posted from the EEA on 7/6/20

    WORKPLACE SAFETY and REOPENING STANDARDS FOR  BUSINESSES and OTHER ENTITIES PROVIDING YOUTH and ADULT AMATEUR SPORTS ACTIVITIES – Phase III, Step 1

    Click here for full document

  • July 03, 2020 6:11 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Phase 3 details for golf have been posted on Mass.gov: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-golf-facilities

    The Phase 3 workplace safety standards for Golf Facilities are posted in advance of the Governor’s initiation of Phase 3 to allow Golf Facilities time to prepare to operate in compliance with these mandatory health and safety standards. Golf Facilities may not expand operations beyond what is currently permitted in Phase 2 until specifically authorized to do so in Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Re-Opening Plan. The Governor will initiate Phase 3 of the Re-Opening Plan, which will commence on July 6, by formal Executive Order following a careful review of public health data.

    Phase 3 Workplace Safety Standards for Golf Facilities: https://www.mass.gov/doc/sector-specific-workplace-safety-standards-phase-iii-step-1-for-golf-facilities-to-address/download 

    Phase 3 Protocol Summary for Golf Facilities:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/phase-iii-step-1-golf-facilities-protocol-summary/download

    Phase 3 Checklist for Golf Facilities: https://www.mass.gov/doc/phase-iii-step-1-golf-facilities-checklist/download 

  • June 03, 2020 2:10 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Update: Phase II of Massachusetts Re-opening begins on June 8, 2020.

    GOVERNOR'S ADMINISTRATION ADDS GOLF TO PHASE II OF THE COMMONWEALTH'S RE-OPENING PLAN (June 3, 2020)
    The Governor's Administration has provided advanced notice that the golf industry has been included in the formal Phase II Re-Opening plan. The updated guidelines pertaining to golf will go into effect once Phase II begins, a date that is yet to be determined by the Governor's Administration. Please read the full guidelines below.

    "These workplace safety standards for Golf Facilities are posted in advance to the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow operators of golf courses time to prepare for reopening in compliance with these mandatory standards. Golf courses have operated in a limited fashion since May 7, 2020.   Golf Facilities may not expand their operations until specifically authorized to do so in Phase 2 of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Re-Opening Plan.  The Governor will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data."

    UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR GOLF INDUSTRY IN MASSACHUSETTS (as of 6/3/20)

    Updated Guidance for Golf from the Recreation & Outdoor Business's Update on Mass.gov:

    Full Guidance (CLICK HERE)

    Golf Facilities Checklist (CLICK HERE)

    Highlights:

    • Require at least 12 minutes between group tee times
    • Driving Ranges and Practice Areas
    • Use of driving range, putting green and other practice facilities must follow social distancing protocols and must require use of masks or face coverings  
    • Modify driving range hitting areas to ensure a minimum 6-feet of separation between players
    • Hole liners must be raised or otherwise adjusted so that players do not reach into the hole to retrieve a ball
    • Pro shops: must follow sector-specific standards for retail stores (click here)
    • Restaurants:  follow Phase 2 sector-specific standards (click here)

    Updated Guidance for Businesses and Other Entities Providing Outdoor Adult Sports, Supervised Youth Sports Leagues and Summer Sports Camps on Mass.gov:

    Full Guidance (CLICK HERE)

    The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) will continue to work with the Governor's Administration and communicate with our respective memberships as updates are made available regarding the clarification and/or any relaxing of guidelines. Our staff is here to help you with any questions you may have as we continue to safely play golf.
    Please visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on social media for up to date information.


  • May 25, 2020 12:54 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The FAQ page was updated late last night and now includes language on the single-rider carts (same household) as well as some clarifying language on F&B take-out services (no on premise consumption).  Listed under "Other."

    Nothing yet on ranges, practice facilities or tee time interval adjustments.

    Click here for Updated FAQ



  • May 11, 2020 10:37 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)


  • May 08, 2020 2:40 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)


  • May 07, 2020 11:00 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    As of today 5/7/20 - Golf is listed on the FAQ section of the Mass.gov website.  They are allowing golf with certain restrictions.  Please view the information below.


  • May 06, 2020 6:00 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)


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