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GOVERNOR'S ADMINISTRATION ADJUSTS GUIDELINES TO ALLOW SINGLE-RIDER GOLF CARS AS OF MAY 25, 2020 
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The Governor's Administration has updated the guidelines pertaining to golf to allow golf cars to be used by a single rider or a group of family members in the same household beginning today, May 25. Please read the full guidelines below. 

The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) will continue to work with the Governor's Administration and communicate with our respective memberships as updates are made available regarding the clarification and/or any relaxing of guidelines. 

UPDATED GUIDELINE FOR GOLF CAR USAGE (as of 5/25/20)

Updated Guideline for Golf Car Usage from the Non-Essential Business FAQ Update on Mass.gov :

• Golf cars may be used only if each golf car is used by and contains only a single rider, or a group of family members living in the same house. Any golf cars used must be cleaned and sanitized after each use. 

• Staffing must be limited to security and course maintenance/landscaping and the minimum workers necessary to service and clean golf cars. No other services may be provided.

A NOTE OF FURTHER CLARIFICATION FOR RESTAURANTS  (as of 5/25/20)

• Restaurants located on the premises of golf courses may offer no-contact take-out of food to be consumed off premises, but like all other restaurants, they may not allow any form of dine-in or outdoor, on-premises service. Outside seating and tables should be removed from locations near to any take-out service.

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GOVERNOR'S ADMINISTRATION PROVIDES ADVANCE NOTICE OF ADJUSTMENT TO GUIDELINES TO ALLOW FOR CAR USAGE BEGINNING MAY 25, 2020 
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The Governor's Administration has provided advanced notice, to be shared with all golf course owners and club contacts, that the guidelines pertaining to golf car usage will be updated tomorrow Monday, May 25 to allow for single rider golf car usage and same household golf car usage. A notice will be sent to all golfers tomorrow morning, Monday, May 25, once the guidance is made public with the exact language. Again, the Governor's Administration has provided this advance notice for golf course owners and club contacts only. 

The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) will continue to work with the Governor's Administration and communicate with our members as updates are made available regarding the clarification and/or any relaxing of guidelines. 

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR GOLF CAR USAGE (as of 5/25/20)

Exact wording of Guideline for golf car usage will be provided once the Administration updates the Non-Essential Business FAQ Update on Mass.gov tomorrow May, 25:

Single rider golf cars will be allowed beginning Monday, May 25.  Individuals from the same household may ride in the same golf car.

Additionally, club and course owners may bring in additional staff to help with managing and sanitizing the additional golf cars.
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GOLF IS OPEN!

The following is an FAQ update from the mass.gov 
website that provides guidelines established by the
Governor’s Administration so that golf courses can
provide access to golfers starting 
May 7. With this
consideration by Governor Baker and his team we
would like to remind everyone that keeping the golf
community safe is of the utmost importance right
now and we must all contribute to that end.  

The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations will
continue to work with the Governor's Administration
and communicate with our respective memberships as
updates are made available regarding the clarification
and/or any relaxing of guidelines. 

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GOLF GUIDELINES FOR SAFE PLAY IN
MASSACHUSETTS 
DURING COVID-19 ERA
Non-Essential Business FAQ Update from mass.gov                                         
(as of as (as of 5/10/20)

Golf courses are not essential businesses and cannot
have employees working on-premise. Notwithstanding
this restriction, essential services, such as groundskeeping
to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by
employees, contractors, or vendors are permitted.  Private
operator of courses may permit individuals access to
the property so long as there are no gatherings of any
kind, appropriate social distancing of six feet between
individuals is strictly followed, and the business
operator and golfers abide by the specific guidelines
for golf courses
.

Municipalities may decide to open municipal courses under
these guidelines, if they so choose.

Guidelines:

The specific guidelines for golf courses are:

  • Security personnel can be delineated by each club
    (ex. a pro and the head starter) and will be present to
    enforce social distancing. There can be no other
    employees working at the recreational component
    of the golf operation.
  • All staff must wear face coverings while on the
    property.
  • Club facilities including but not limited to the club
    house, pro shop, restaurant, bag room and locker
    room must remain closed.
  • No caddies allowed.
  • No golf carts allowed, except as outlined below:
    The use of a motorized cart may be permitted for
    any individual with a
    disability who is seeking a
    reasonable accommodation to ensure compliance
    with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  A
    golfer who wants to use a cart should provide
    documentation or otherwise certify in writing to
    the golf course that he or she has a disability that
    requires the use of the cart. 
  • Any carts used must be cleaned and sanitized after
    each use.  The course operator may not use
    non-essential employees to handle the renting
    and/or cleaning of the carts.  Only security and
    groundskeeping personnel are permitted on the
    premises.
  • Push carts may be used. Players must either carry
    their own bag or use a push cart.
  • All golfers must maintain proper social distancing of
    at least 6 feet at all times.
  • Groups of players are restricted to no more than
    4 players at one time.
  • Members-only clubs can allow guests as determined
    by the security personnel on the golf course.
  • Private clubs that allow non-members to make
    reservations can do so at their discretion.
  • Maintenance personnel are permitted to work on
    the golf course.
  • Tee Time Policy must be 15 minutes between groups
  • Golfers must stay in their car until 15 minutes before
    their tee time and must return to their car
    immediately following play.
  • Online and remote payment options must be utilized.
  • All golfers must use their own golf clubs. Sharing golf
    clubs or rental golf clubs is not allowed.
  • Flag sticks must remain in the hole. Hole liners must
    be raised so picking a ball out of the hole doesn't
    occur.
  • Bunker rakes must be removed, and ball washers
    must be removed or covered.
  • Practice putting green, driving range, and chipping
    areas must be closed.
  • Facilities must have readily accessible hand sanitizer

For additional information for course maintenance and
employee and player safety 
please view the attached
guidelines
 GCSAA Back2Golf.pdf from the Golf Course
Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).  

May 11, 2020
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
click this link to read the anouncement from the ALUMNI TURF GROUP

16 TH ANNUAL 
DR. JOSEPH TROLL TURFGRASS CLASSIC


This year's honoree:  Jeff Wentworth, CGCS

Jeff is in his 24th season at Pelham Country Club.  He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS). 
 
Early in his career he spent time at Myopia Hunt Club, in Hamilton, MA; Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ; and Columbia Country Club in Washington, DC.  Jeff later worked as Assistant Superintendent at Westchester Country Club where he managed a large team and prepared the course for four PGA TOUR events.

Jeff supports his profession in many ways.  He served on the Metropolitan  (The Met) GCSA  Board of Directors for five years as chair of the Education and Tournament committees.  He has lectured many times at the University of Massachusetts and is a founding member of the  Alumni Turf Group (ATG) where he served for over ten years.  ATG has raised over $700,000 to promote turfgrass research and education at UMass.

Jeff and his wife, Mimi, have been married for 22 years.  He is an avid golfer and is pleased to be part of the Pelham Country Club team.

About the site:  Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY


Westchester Country Club is one of the premier country clubs in America.  Well known as a venue that hosted a PGA TOUR event for decades.  The West course was originally designed by Walter Travis.  The design has everything:  Short and long par 3's, long, tough, par 4's and drivable strategic short ones, uphill and downhill par 5's, doglegs left and right, uphill and downhill holes.  This is a traditional US Open type layout that will challenge every aspect of your game.

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