Met PGA Coronavirus Updates

Current Met Section Club Updates
Updated regularly, please share your information with Jeff Voorheis at jvoorheis@pgahq.com

 
Information from Met PGA Board/Office:
Having considered all the available information and in following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local/state health department officials, the Met PGA is electing to act with an abundance of caution, prioritizing: the health of our professionals, their staff and members, prevention of the virus from infiltrating our facilities and gatherings, and contributing to public health efforts to reduce the spread of the virus throughout communities.

We plan to keep you all updated as best we can with each move we make not only from an executive level within the Met PGA Office, but what actions your Met Section Clubs are taking as well.

The Met PGA Executive Committee has been monitoring the situation as it relates to our early season meetings has determined that these extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions. As we’ve already witnessed, major sporting events, civic engagements and municipal closures have already disrupted plans and daily life. While frustrating, these inconveniences and sacrifices are being made in the name of helping to curb this public health crisis. We recognize that changes to the Met PGA schedule will have similar effects on our professionals and their families and we ask for your patience and understanding as we venture through this together.

 
As such, the Executive Committee has decided to postpone the following events:
  • Met PGA Spring Meeting
  • Met PGA Educational Forum
  • Met PGA Assistant’s Spring Meeting
  • District 2 Teaching and Coaching Summit
  • MGA/Met PGA Rules Seminar
It is important to note that at this point, we have separated the concept of large indoor meetings and gatherings from our schedule of outdoor golf events. In fact, we believe that this is an opportunity for golf clubs and golf courses to be among the few escapes for people during this difficult time.

Golf provides the benefits of fresh air, sunlight, exercise, and recreation—while maintaining “social distance,” which cannot be found in many other places right now. That being said, please read the provided information below and see the attached document "Met PGA Club Updates"
 

CLUB UPDATES

We created a list that we update each day to provide you with the information we receive from our Met Section Clubs. As this is a fluid situation, please provide corrections and updates as this can hopefully become a "live" document. Having said that, any specific dates shared were with the understanding that they would be revisited over the coming days/weeks.
We are requesting that any corrections/updates are sent to Executive Director Jeff Voorheis at jvoorheis@pgahq.com

Overall some themes are emerging:

  • Outdoor golf, paddle, and tennis are widely being viewed among the best things people can be doing.
  • Members have demonstrated resilience in handling their own golf bags and accepting reduced services and amenities.
  • Most indoor activities have been dramatically limited or ceased, including indoor instruction.
  • Most food and beverage programs have either been ceased or limited to reduce member and staff proximity and interaction, with "pick up" being a popular compromise.

 

In addition to hand washing, social distancing, and the other recommendations we've been following, some best practices from golf courses that have remained open:

  • Traditional greetings suspended indefinitely.  
  • Clubs requested placed on outgoing rack and kept with member indefinitely.
  • Rake bunkers with glove hand (or not at all), or smooth footprints with feet.
  • Leave flagstick in the hole.
We thank you again for your patience and look forward to seeing you on the golf course very soon. Take care and be safe!
 

IMPORTANT LINKS/FILES:

Club Updates as of 3/23

Partner and Sponsor Updates

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