NYSGA Updates Regarding COVID-19

March 16, 2020

(Updated on April 5) - The NYSGA has been closely monitoring all information and updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact the situation has on the golf industry.

Related: CDC Information - COVID-19

Governer Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State on PAUSE Executive Order, which has been in effect since Sunday, March 22. "All non-essential businesses statewide will be closed, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are canceled or postponed at this time, and any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced."


The following counties have closed golf courses:
Onondaga County - closed 4/6 until 4/28, excludes state-operated golf courses

Check out the National Golf Course Owner's Association "Park and Play" program recommended for use at golf courses who are open during COVID-19 pandemic.

All golfers need to continue adhering to the social distancing guidelines and follow local, state and national government safety protocols. The golf industry supports whatever measures are deemed necessary by government leaders and ask everyone to comply with them for the benefit of all.

Social distancing on the golf course should include:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Don't shake hands before or after your game
  • Leave the flagstick in the hole
  • Remove rakes, ball washers and coolers from course
  • Do not share clubs or any other equipment
  • If using a golf cart, limit to one person
  • Increase tee time intervals to spread out groups
  • Spread out driving range stations to separate customers

Due to the unique COVID-19 precautions taking place at golf courses, the USGA has provided guidance on how to use the flexibility provided in the Rules of Golf while protecting public health. They also provided temporary guidance on posting scores to GHIN (begins in upstate New York on April 15), specifically when golfers don't "hole out" for health/safety reasons. Click here for more information

In regards to the upcoming NYSGA tournament season, no Amateur Series events or Championships have been postponed or canceled. Our staff will continue to monitor public health developments and evaluate as necessary.

Seminars on the Rules of Golf and World Handicap System will most likely not be offered at member clubs this spring, due to the current status of COVID-19.

The USGA announced on March 20 that local qualifying for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open is cancelled in its current form, including all NYS sites. All players who've already registered will need to file a new application when the restructured qualifying plan is announced. They've also cancelled their first two national championships of the season, the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball.

Although the NYSGA offices are currently closed until further notice, our staff will continue to work remotely during normal business hours. Please reach out directly via email (click here for contact information), or leave a message by calling the offices at (315) 471-6979.

Below is a list of information from various state, local and golf-related organizations on COVID-19.

Updates From State & Local Government

Other COVID-19 Resources