Statement from Golf Alliance of Oregon

The Golf Alliance of Oregon Receives Clarification on State of Oregon “Stay Home” Directive Relative to Golf Courses

Executive Order 20-12 issued Monday, March 23 by Governor Kate Brown put in place a “Stay Home” directive to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. You can read that by clicking this link.

The Golf Alliance of Oregon – comprised of major industry associations for the region including the OGA, Oregon Golf Course Owners Association, Pacific Northwest PGA – Oregon Chapter, Oregon Golf Course Superintendents and the Club Managers of Oregon – sought and received further clarification for how this impacts golf courses. The Governor’s office shared the following:

“Golf is allowed as long as the social distancing measures are in place, country club activities for a gathering would not be allowed. We categorized golf similar to a hike or outdoor activity, rather than through “essential travel” which is meant to stop vacations.”

Leah Horner
Regional Solutions Director
Jobs & Economy Policy Advisor
Office of Governor Kate Brown

Although there is a general belief that golf is relatively low risk compared to other activities because recommended social distancing is fairly easy to achieve in an outdoor environment, the Golf Alliance of Oregon is not in a position to make any sort of blanket statement that speaks to the overall safety of the game, not knowing the level of contagion that might be found at any particular golf course.

It is ultimately up to an individual facility to determine if golf course operations can still be managed safely while adhering to guidelines.