WPGA Announcements Regarding COVID-19
By WPGA • March 15, 2020
New Guidance for Golf Courses During COVID-19
Updated May 8, 2020 at 1:15 PM
Effective May 7, 2020, the Governor’s Office added the following clarification for golf courses operating in Pennsylvania.
• Golf courses are now permitted to allow occupants of the same residence to share a golf cart.
• Golf courses located in counties that have been designated as being in the Yellow Phase of Reopening may conduct in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public. Please see those guidelines here.
We will continue to update you as we learn more from the Governor’s Office. As always, feel free to reach out to the WPGA with any questions.
Updated May 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM
On March 18, 2020, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued Advisory Notice No. 26, which provided guidance to licensees as to what type of activities were permissible during the state of emergency announced by Governor Wolf in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Generally, that guidance included direction to all licensees that allowing on-premises consumption of alcohol and/or food could result in the suspension of their liquor license. Sales of alcohol and food for off-premises consumption were permitted for those licensees whose licenses authorized such sales.
On March 19, 2020, the Governor ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses, such as golf courses, to close.
On April 27, 2020, the Governor announced that, effective May 1, certain businesses that provide for outdoor activities, such as golf courses and marinas, could reopen.
Please click here for the full updated Guidance from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Guidelines for a Safe Reopening of Golf
Updated April 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf embraces the opportunities for the successful reopening of golf, and maintaining a safe environment for all staff and golfers to maintain our open status during this pandemic. Even in these unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 threat affecting all aspects of life as we know it, golf is available as an outlet for people to exercise and provides one of the few respites from the confines of home. With vast areas of open space containing green grass, ponds and trees, a golf course can provide the ability for social distancing.
The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf is committed to doing all it can to support our constituents by being a resource of information and a clearinghouse of best practices that will provide guidance to any and all facilities, operators, golf professionals, club officials and stewards of the game. As golfers and industry operators, let’s all do our part to keep the game and our loved ones safe.
Please refer to the document below for a comprehensive guide to help safely reopen your club: Guidelines for a Safe Reopening of Golf (Updated 5/8/20 at 4:15 PM).
Updated April 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Golf Set to Reopen in Pennsylvania
Starting Friday, May 1st, golf courses may open in Pennsylvania as part of a statewide reopening of outdoor recreational activities. Golf courses must follow the life-sustaining business guidelines put in place by the Governor’s Office. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance for outdoor recreation and these guidelines must be followed.
The Governor’s Office has further specified the following:
“Beginning May 1, 2020, golf courses operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided. Golf carts may be utilized, but must be single occupant only. No employees are allowed for the purposes of facilitating play; however operations such as landscape maintenance and other 'services to building and dwellings’ may continue as necessary to prevent deterioration of property condition. Restaurant activity is limited to take-out or delivery only, and use of facilities for banquets or similar gatherings remains prohibited."
We will continue to update you on golf-related topics as we learn more. Feel free to reach out at any time with questions.
Updated April 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Due to the extension of the Stay-at-Home order issued by Governor Wolfe yesterday, all WPGA activities will now be postponed until May 8. This includes all meetings, club visits, and WPGA Play Days. We will work to reschedule these activities. The Association office will also remain closed will our staff working remotely. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact us at any time.
Updated April 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Due to the extension of the Stay-at-Home order issued by Governor Wolf for the state, all WPGA activities will be postponed until May 1. This includes Club Rep Day scheduled for Monday, April 27, and all WPGA Committee meetings. The Association office is also closed at this time with our staff all working remotely. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact us at any time.
March 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Due to the constantly changing landscape as a result of COVID-19, the WPGA has decided to postpone all activities through April 15. This includes all remaining World Handicap System Workshops and the WPGA/TSPGA Junior Golf Night. All registered attendees of events prior to April 15 will receive notice of the cancellation. We will work with the host clubs to reschedule the events on a case-by-case basis.
As of now, this suspension will have no effect on the 2020 WPGA Competition schedule or WPGA Play Days. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you updated on any changes to future events.
The WPGA office will remain open during this time to assist our member clubs and members as usual but will be closed to the public.
As an Association, the health and safety of our members, volunteers, players, and staff is a top priority. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the WPGA at any time.
About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.