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Golf courses: Ready, set, reopen May 5 – How to prepare

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On April 27, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee announced some outdoor recreation activities, including golfing, can reopen on May 5, 2020.

The governor said as of May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions including: fishing, hunting, playing golf and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and state Fish and Wildlife areas.

All of these activities must be done with social distancing and the safety and security of participants and the people who work in outdoor recreation, he said.

Public gatherings, events, team sports and camping, among other things, are not resuming at this time.

The governor said his office has been working with the Golf Alliance of Washington to provide social distancing guidance and limits on activities.

These include:

  • Spacing out tee times
  • Limits on size of parties
  • Walking only (unless someone needs to be in the cart for mobility reasons)
  • No on-site beverage or foodservice (take-away only, just as with other foodservice)
  • No-contact tee time reservations and payments
  • Managing a log of all customers
  • Restricting the use of driving ranges
  • And more

Read the complete reopening requirements here from the Governor’s Office and the Golf Alliance of Washington.