Amid the global coronavirus crisis, the National Golf Foundation has undertaken an ongoing and exclusive U.S.-based course survey that spans all types of facilities — daily fee, private, municipal, resort and residential communities — to provide perspective on the percentage of courses that are currently open or have temporarily suspended golf operations.
In an effort to better understand what’s happening in various regions, NGF has also expanded its course tracking efforts to periodically evaluate individual states. This undertaking involves contacting every golf facility in a given state, focusing first on states in the southern half of the country as they’re more likely to be “in season.”
A survey of Oklahoma shows that approximately 75% of the state’s courses were open as of April 2, with shutdowns primarily concentrated around metro areas like Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The state has an executive order that closes all “non-essential” businesses while Tulsa and Oklahoma City — which account for more than one quarter of the state’s population — both have shelter-in-place orders that restrict residents from leaving home for anything but essentials.
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