To prepare golf course owners and operators for dealing with the myriad uncertainties, disruption of business and potential outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) has compiled and developed resources and programmes, all available HERE
“Our advice and guidance is meant for any golf course, but we know owners and operators must do what they feel is best for their own situations and the restrictions under which they may now find themselves,” said Jay Karen, the NGCOA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are incredibly proud of the response and work we are seeing by the nation’s golf course owners and operators, and the organisations that serve this game and industry.”
Some states are still allowing access to the golf course
and NGCOA’s Park and Play programme
provides course operators with an actual ‘checklist’ of measures they can take
so their customers have a socially-distant golfing experience. This has
received approval from physicians with the Infectious Diseases Society of
America (IDSA). A printable copy of this programme can be downloaded.
Many courses have already adopted the programme’s
protocols to make sure their customers can maintain appropriate physical
distance from others, and play in a sanitised environment, as required by their
The workplace and HR resources section includes a Q&A related to employer-employee obligations and the possible
impact the pandemic will have on labour and legal aspects of golf course staff,
as well as links to relevant pages from the CDC, DOL, IRS, NFIB and others.
A page for State-level updates lists executive orders as
they relate to golf course mandates.
The marketing resources equip
businesses with email, social media and community involvement tips that promote
communication and goodwill. It also shares some revenue generating and
NGCOA members and staff have also been active on the
association’s members-only discussion board,
an invaluable platform for sharing the latest local news, brainstorming ideas and
soliciting advice from other golf course owners and operators.
“In unique, uncharted situations like this, an industry needs its trade association the most,” said Steve Graybill, President of Foxchase Golf Club, and President of the NGCOA Board of Directors. “NGCOA has been working around the clock to anticipate the needs of all golf courses and provide the tools to mitigate the negative effects on our nation’s golf businesses.”