Are golf courses considered essential businesses?

Are golf courses considered “essential” businesses as a growing number of states and counties place restrictions on citizens’ activities during the coronavirus epidemic?

The answer, like most things in the news these days, is a moving target depending on where you live. In New York’s Westchester County, for example, six county-owned golf courses remained open Thursday while public health officials urged residents to stay home. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that shuttered private clubs and most daily fee courses Monday, but several municipals across the state operated with limitations in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Golfers are being asked to practice social distancing.


Reservations have to be made in advance. Payment is via credit or debit card. Two courses in neighboring Rockland County were open to walkers only and others limited riders to one per cart.

Only a few courses have increased the interval between tee times.

“The mental stamina that it takes to get through this does mean that you have to have some outside recreation, so the fact that we have six golf courses that are county parks, we can provide that for people…

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