Hingham Golf Courses Could Open As Early As Today
According to MassLive, Governor Charlie Baker will announce that golf courses in Massachusetts will be able to reopen as early as today under specific guidelines, which are expected to be released and detailed this afternoon.
Baker was asked about the possibility of the state’s golf courses reopening during his daily news briefing on Wednesday. “Some folks came in and did talk to the advisory board,” the Governor said. “I think that was a good meeting and we’ve been talking to our colleagues around the Northeast region about what their policies and practices are and incorporating that into our decision making as well.”
Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations shared on its Facebook page that it had met with the Governor’s Re-Opening Advisory Board. “AMGO’s presentation to the governor’s re-opening advisory board on Saturday was very positive with encouraging feedback received,” said the post. “We are looking forward to a favorable response.
Massachusetts will be one of the last states in the nation to reopen its golf courses. National Golf Foundation predicts that 90 percent of courses will be open across the United States by May 17th.
“While course openings are increasing, restrictions on pro shops, cart usage and [food and beverage] operations will result in lower overall revenue per round for operators,” said Joe Beditz, president and CEO of the National Golf Foundation. “For some, this reduction in revenue could be very challenging. This is a reminder that while news of golf continuing to gain traction as a safe and healthy activity is encouraging, the industry is not out of the woods yet – by any means.”
This is a developing story.
Governor Baker’s daily COVID-19 update can be found at at https://www.mass.gov/covid19-updates.