Keeping Score

Final state holdout drops its opposition to golf

Massachusetts joins rest of America in dropping barriers to reopening golf courses, leaving only out-of-season Alaska without golf, National Golf Foundation reports

0: Number of states that have imposed restrictions on golf, as Massachusetts reopened for play Thursday with specific guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to a report by the National Golf Foundation. Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont permitted golf courses to reopen on Thursday, and New Hampshire announced that it will lift its ban on golf beginning Monday. Alaska’s golf courses remain shuttered because of the seasonal nature of the game in the northernmost state. The NGF projects that 90 percent of U.S. courses will be open for play by May 17. Some municipalities and local governments continue to impose restrictions on golf. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment among golfers remains divided. According to NGF polling of 1,067 core golfers, 47 percent are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about entering stores and shops, compared with 53 percent who are “not too concerned” or “not at all concerned.”

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