Kortz to introduce legislation to allow golf courses to safely reopen

DRAVOSBURG, April 23 – Golf courses statewide could reopen safely, following state and federal guidelines, under a bill to be introduced soon by state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny.

Kortz’s measure would provide health and safety guidelines to golf courses and require them to follow the social distancing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among the provisions included in his legislation:

  • Club houses at each course would remain closed.
  • A no contact payment method would be required.
  • Golf carts would be sanitized after each use, with special attention paid to the steering wheel and other touch points.
  • Only one golfer per cart would be allowed.
  • All employees and golfers would be required to wear masks.
  • Flag at the hole would not be removed or touched at any time.

“Golf courses, by nature of the sport, don’t involve close physical contact, and it’s one of the few businesses that could operate safely under the current social distancing guidelines,” said Kortz. “In addition, my bill would also follow the guidelines established by the United States Golf Association, which recommends a hole liner be used to prevent a golf ball from falling into the cup. Once the ball is near the hole, the hole would be finished and players would move on to the next hole, preventing the flag or pin at the hole from being touched.”

More information on his legislation can be found at this link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20190&cosponId=31634