PGA of America

Phase 3: New Normal

In Phase 3, golf courses and clubs may return to normal operations while practicing enhanced sanitation protocols. See below for specific examples on how to safely return to normal operations.

Note: Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed. Low-risk populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.

For additional information and interim guidance, visit the CDC’s website here for planning, preparing and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. For reopening guidance from the CDC, click here.

Golf Course Setup and Maintenance

  • Facility is fully operational.
  • No restrictions.
  • Enhanced sanitation protocols.
  • On course water available.
  • Normal trash operations may continue.

On Course Restrooms

  • Normal restroom availability.

Guidelines For Play

  • Normal play.
  • Tournament play and league play may resume.


  • No additional signage required.

Golf Shop/Retail Operations

  • Golf Shop is open with no restrictions.
  • Normal procedures for reservations and check-in.

Guest Supplies (Scorecards, Tees, Pencils)

  • Normal operations.

Payment/Cash Handling

  • Normal operations.

Practice Facility

  • Normal operations.

Teaching and Coaching/Club Fitting

  • All teaching and coaching is allowed on site.
  • No restrictions.
  • All youth activities allowed to return.

Cart Riding

  • Normal operations.

Club Storage and Bag Handling

  • Bag storage resumes.
  • Outside service operation resumes.


  • Caddies resume normal operations.

Golf Staffing

  • All Staff returned.
  • No protective gear required.


  • Normal operations adhering to any limitations or protocols on gatherings per state and local regulations.
  • Click here for the Club Management Association of America’s reopening resources post-COVID-19.

Food and Beverage

  • Normal operations adhering to any limitations or protocols on gatherings per state and local regulations.
  • Click here for the National Restaurant Associations reopening guidance.

Halfway House

  • Normal operations.

Beverage Carts

  • Normal operations.

Locker Rooms

  • Normal operations.

Classes and Events

  • Large gatherings in the clubhouse (e.g., sit-down dining, charity events, etc.) operate under state and local guidelines for seating and food service.


  • Normal operations.


  • Visit the USTA facility and programming recommendations for tennis by clicking here.


  • Rules of Golf and Rules of Handicapping apply.

Junior Golf, First Tee and Other Programs

  • No restrictions.
  • Click here for CDC assistance in making re-opening decisions regarding youth programs and camps during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facility/Golf Course Sanitation

  • Normal cleaning procedures.
  • Click here for sanitation and social distancing protocols from the CDC.