PGA of America

Back2Golf Three-Phased Approach

Information contained in this page and the corresponding operational playbook are for the general education and knowledge of the recipient.  It is not designed to be, and should not be used as, the sole source of information when analyzing reopening plans. As the situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving quickly and the subject matter contained herein may be subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations, we urge you to consult legal counsel to assist in developing your specific operational plans. While the intent is to move forward through each phase, it may be necessary based on health conditions or poor behavior by golfers to take a step backwards.

  • To view the Back2Golf Guidelines for Opening Up Golf (last updated May 18, 2020), presented by the Allied Golf Organizations, click here.
  • To download a PDF of the Operations Playbook Version 4.0 last updated on June 10, 2020, click here. This version includes the addition of PGA Jr. League guidelines and changes to Phase 2 including golf maintenance, payment/cash handling, cart operations including modified shotgun starts, club storage and golf events.

    • To view Phase 1 operational examples, click here.
    • To view Phase 2 operational examples, click here.
    • To view Phase 3 operational examples, click here.
  • To download the Operations Playbook in Spanish, click here.
  • To download the 30-second Back2Golf PSA for your facility website and social media channels, click here.
  • To download the 30-second Back2Golf Invitation video, click here.
  • To listen to a Back2Golf message from Bob Ford, Head Golf Professional and General Manager at Seminole Golf Club, click here.

Social Distancing Guidelines

As communities begin to re-open, golf can offer an outdoor recreational experience that provides many health and wellness benefits. The Allied Golf Organizations, in alignment with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), have developed a comprehensive plan that allows golf to be played responsibly while observing recommended social distancing guidelines.

Continue to encourage responsible golf and print out these Back2Golf Social Distancing Guidelines posters for your facility. These can be displayed in the golf shop, locker room, first tee, clubhouse, on golf carts or wherever appropriate.

  • Click here to download 4.5’’ x 5.5’’ golf cart signs.
  • Click here to download 8.5’’ x 11’’ horizontal posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5’’ x 11’’ vertical posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5'' x 14'' horizontal posters.
  • Click here to download 8.5'' x 14'' vertical posters.

CDC Strategies and Resources 

It’s also important that facilities follow the CDC’s specific community mitigation strategies including personal protective measures, social distancing and environmental surface cleaning at home and in community settings like the workplace. Please click here for guidance on implementing the CDC Community Mitigation Framework.

For interim guidance from the CDC for businesses and employers responding to COVID-19, click here. To access the Resuming Business Toolkit, click here. Below are also other CDC tools to assist administrators in making re-opening decisions.

This plan is based on the operational underpinnings in “Guidelines Opening Up America Again” published by the White House and the CDC. It includes a specific, three-phased approach to golf that aligns with the broader plan to re-open the economy. Each phase includes operational protocols when it comes to social distancing, the sanitation of physical facilities and the health of you and your staff.

Our industry understands there are various restrictions in different parts of the country and emphasize that all should be adhering to state and local guidelines to ensure our sport comes back in a healthy way. Below you will find the Operations Playbook that is designed to help open golf where it is currently closed and keep it open responsibly through each phase. Please note that the playbook will be updated on a real-time basis based on interim guidance from the CDC as it becomes available.

Phase Summary

Phase 1

Individual Golf

  • Gathering of no more than 10 people
  • Strict social distancing
  • Walking the course or single cart riders
  • Restricted golf course set up
  • Clubhouses, golf shops and other amenities closed
  • Learn More
Phase 1

Phase 2

Restricted Programming

  • Gathering of no more than 50 people
  • Social distancing maintained
  • Normal groups of golfers may play together
  • Restricted golf course set up maintained
  • Clubhouse operations are limited
  • Restrictions on leagues, events and youth activities
  • Learn More
Phase 2

Phase 3

New Normal

  • Unrestricted social gatherings with social distancing
  • Comprehensive sanitization procedures
  • Normal golf operations
  • Normal golf course maintenance
  • Full Clubhouse operations and events
  • Unrestricted leagues and youth activities
  • Learn More
Phase 3