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Re-Opening Rhode Island Golf Guidelines

Rhode Island Guidelines

Under Phase II of the Reopening RI plan, golf guidelines are included in the Recreational Business and Historical Cultural Site Guidance. This document was updated with Phase II guidance on June 3, 2020 and can be reviewed in its entirety below. The golf-specific language can be found at the top of Pg. 4, and entails the following:

In addition to all other requirements, recommendations, and guidelines, golf courses and golf driving ranges should follow the following guidelines:

  • Tee times are at the discretion of each club, and must be spaced to allow sufficient spacing between groups.
  • Groups of up to 15 persons may congregate together on property. Putting and chipping areas must follow the 15-person social gathering rule.
  • Golf cart usage is limited to one golfer per cart (unless golfers are from the same household), and all golf carts must be sanitized before and after each round of play.
  • Caddies and forecaddies are allowed, provided social distancing is maintained, cloth face
    coverings are worn, hand sanitizer is used, and equipment is cleaned before and after use.
  • Consistent with general guidance, eliminate or minimize the use of shared equipment. If
    equipment is shared, it should be sanitized between uses. For example, flag sticks should
    remain in the hole. Cups should be raised, lined, flipped, or otherwise modified to prevent
    touching by players. Bunker rakes should be removed, and ball washers should be removed or covered.
  • Driving ranges must space players at least six feet apart; all balls, baskets, and all other
    commonly-touched items must be cleaned and sanitized between uses.

Where not specified above, all organizations should follow the general guidance from RIDOH CDC regarding gathering sizes and physical distancing.