Hectic Weekend Expected as New Jersey Golf Courses Reopen

May 2, 2020 –Golfers and golf clubs will be over the moon as golf courses get the green light to reopen starting Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Subject to stringent safety requirements, Golf courses will be allowed to reopen to the public and members of private golf clubs, according to Executive Order No. 133, which was signed by Governor Phil Murphy on April 29, 2020.

E.O. No. 133 also allows the reopening of State parks and forests.

The opening of the golf courses, however, come with strict policies. According to the Order, at the minimum, the golf course should adopt the following requirements:

  • Require reservations, cancellations, and prepayments to be made electronically or via telephone reservation systems. Populations with no access to the internet or credit card shall be considered whenever possible.
  • Tee times should be 16 minutes apart to limit the number of people on the course.
  • Limit the use of golf carts to single occupants and limit tee times to two players, except those with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas, including routine cleaning and disinfecting after each use. They should have enough personnel to ensure the implementation of these practices.
  • Restrict players’ ability to touch common surfaces like balls, flags, and holes.
  • Close all gold center buildings, shops, and amenities.
  • Remove bunker rakes and other furniture on the course.
  • Discontinue club and equipment rentals.
  • Prohibit the use of caddies.
  • Employees, players, and other individuals should try their best to wear cloth face coverings at all times.
  • Require players to maintain a six feet distance.

The Order also grants the golf courses to place additional restrictions as necessary.

Meanwhile, miniature golf courses and driving ranges shall remain closed.

The State Director of Emergency Management may also set additional requirements or make clarifications, amendments, and exclusions as it may deem fit.

“Remember: we will be closely monitoring the situations at our parks and golf courses this weekend,” said Governor Murphy on a Facebook post.