GOLF IN CONNECTICUT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 PANDEMIC
(updated March 19, 2021)
Recognizing that golf is unique as a healthy, outdoor activity where social distancing can easily occur, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) declared golf courses and driving ranges to be "essential businesses" in Connecticut on March 25, 2020. It is with much appreciation for Connecticut's leadership, and with a commitment to measures that help prevent the spread of COVID-19, that Connecticut golfers were able play golf in 2020 while other activities were suspended.
Social distancing and the wearing of facial coverings to prevent the spread of the virus continues to be essential. All leading authorities including the CDC and experts around the world agree – wearing masks is extremely important in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Please do your part to ensure that you and all those around you remain healthy and safe, and if you do not feel well please stay home!
Effective March 19, 2021 all COVID-related rules pertaining to golf in Connecticut fall into two categories: 1) the wearing of masks when social distancing can not be maintained, and 2) adherence to state guidelines that are specific to sectors such as restaurants, retail outlets and indoor/outdoor events. For specific examples and explanations, see the following:
BEVERAGE CARTS - Beverage carts are permitted. Mask wearing is required when social distancing cannot be maintained.
CADDIES / FORECADDIES - The employment of both traditional, bag-carrying caddies and forecaddies is permitted. Caddies, forecaddies and players employing caddies must wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.
CLUBHOUSES - Clubhouses may be open for functions and gatherings up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. DECD sector guidelines pertaining to clubhouses can be found here:
CLUB STORAGE AND BAG HANDLERS - Club storage and bag service operations at golf courses are permitted. Staff members may assist with club/bag storage and are reminded that mask wearing is required when social distancing cannot be maintained.
DRINKING WATER – While there are currently no COVID-specific state restrictions on the operation of on-course water coolers and jugs, general health and sanitation issues should continue to be given the highest priority.
FACIAL COVERINGS / MASKS - While face masks are not required while playing golf, the use of a face mask is mandatory whenever social distancing can not be maintained. CSGA will continue to require that all participants including players, officials, volunteers and spectators at CSGA events must have a facial covering in their possession at all times, so that when social distancing can not be maintained, a mask is readily accessible.
GOLF CARTS - Members of the same household can share a cart and are not required to wear a facial covering. Two people who are not members of the same household may share a cart, however both must wear a facial covering while both are in the cart and at any time social distancing is not maintained.
GOLF INSTRUCTION / COACHING / CLUB FITTING / CAMPS – Instructor and student(s) must wear a facial covering anytime social distancing cannot be maintained.
LOCKER ROOMS – Social distancing is required with use of facial covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.
PRO SHOP OPERATIONS - DECD sector guidelines pertaining to retail establishments (pro shops) can be found here:
RESTAURANT OPERATIONS – DECD sector guidelines pertaining to restaurants can be found in the same location as with clubhouse and retail (pro shop) operations:
SHOTGUN STARTS - Are permitted in line with Connecticut’s outdoor gathering limit of 200 people.
SOCIAL DISTANCING - Respect of social distancing and mask wearing applies not only to golfers but also to golf course employees.
STARTING TIME INTERVALS – Courses may establish intervals of their own choosing.
TRAVEL ADVISORY INFORMATION – Connecticut’s Travel Advisory has been modified from a requirement to a recommended practice. For the latest information on the Travel Advisory go to:
VACCINATIONS – For the latest information related to vaccinations in Connecticut go to:
Thank you for following the rules and doing all you can to keep yourself and others healthy and safe.