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More than half of U.S. courses open, NGF reports

Survey by National Golf Foundation finds 58 percent of courses are open, up from 49 percent a week earlier, as effects of coronavirus shutdown continue to lessen

58: Percentage of U.S. golf courses that were open for play in the past week, according to the National Golf Foundation’s latest survey on the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on golf. That’s up from 49 percent in the previous week. The NGF’s phone survey of 1,252 golf facilities, conducted April 21-23, has a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percentage points. Municipal courses continue to lag other facilities, with only 44 percent of city courses open for play. Public daily fee (62 percent) and private clubs (60 percent) led in activity. In recent days, course operators in Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin have been given the OK to open. Illinois and Pennsylvania are set to reopen by May 1, and Washington has set May 5 as its date to resume play. Based on recent trends, the NGF estimates that 77 percent of all courses will be open by mid-May. The NGF, a nonprofit trade association based in Jupiter, Fla., provides market research, data and business insights for the golf industry.

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