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Rules for golf

Apr 14, 2021 | Entertainment Reopening Guide

Some counties in Washington are moving back to Phase 2 under the governor’s Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery plan.

If you are operating a golf course in one of those counties, here are the guidelines you need to know.

Phase 2

  • Indoor practice facilities are allowed as long as occupancy doesn’t exceed 25% of the fire code rating
  • For golf tournaments, a maximum of 200 people is allowed at competitions, including spectators

For a complete list of golf guidelines in every phase, click here.

Phase 3

  • Indoor practice facilities are allowed. Occupancy of the facility may not exceed 50% of the fire code occupancy rating.
  • For golf tournaments, a maximum of 400 people allowed at competitions, including spectators.
  • Facial coverings may be removed during play if golfers maintain 6 feet of distance from other golfers and golf course employees. (Facial coverings must be worn indoors and during golf lessons and small group clinics, whether outdoors or indoors.)
  • Restaurants and pro shops must follow required guidelines for foodservice and retail for Phase 3.
  • Limited use of showers and locker rooms allowed. Users must remain 6 feet away from other users.
  • Flagsticks may be removed, and other on-course items like bunker rakes, benches, ball washers, water coolers, etc. may be used.
  • Provide hand-sanitizing stations throughout the facility.


Golf course operators still must comply with safety and health requirements for all phases. Read the complete list of rules here.