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Most states remain open for golf, report finds

Only 12 states where golf is in season have banned play during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a National Golf Foundation survey

12: Number of states that have mandates in place to bar the playing of golf, as of March 31, in an effort to counter the coronavirus pandemic, according to a National Golf Foundation report. Golf courses have been closed temporarily in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. The other 38 states are open for play but have reported various levels of local restrictions. The NGF, which is based in Jupiter, Fla., and provides research and consulting for the golf business, estimated that as of March 27, about 74 percent of in-season courses in the nation’s southern tier were open. Dining areas at golf courses have been heavily affected by the viral outbreak, with an estimated 87 percent either closed or restricted as of March 28. Nearly two-thirds of industry executives answered “severe” or “significant” to the question of how coronavirus has affected their overall business. The phone survey of 1,006 golf facilities was taken March 25-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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