Governor Larry Hogan: Let Maryland Golf

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While the intention of the COVID-19 "Safer at Home" order makes sense it does not make sense that public parks will remain open but golf courses will be closed.  Golf by nature of the game and with limited modifications can comply completely with the intent of the "Safer at Home" designation.  With these difficult times people need to get out, get some walks and health (physical and mental) while still following the rules in place. 

Neighboring states remain open and Maryland golfers are traveling to play a safe outdoor activity.  Golf course operational procedures have changed to maintain a safe work environment and provide a safe activity for our patrons.  Maryland citizens are being sent to the unemployment line and thousands of golf course employees have lost their jobs in the state.  Let Maryland citizens return to work, create a safe outdoor activity and save the golf industry from shuttering golf courses from permanent closure. 

As a solution what we ask is the following:

Allow golf courses to stay open.

Payment must take place electronically.

Clubhouse will NOT remain open.

Flagsticks will remain untouched.

Cups will be installed inverted to leave the ball near the top of the hole, so players can avoid touching any surface.

Golf carts will be restricted to 1 person per cart, no exceptions. 

Driving ranges will be closed.

All rules of social distancing must be followed.

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