In South Carolina, 87% of courses were open as of April 10 — 263 in total — including the majority of facilities in coastal regions like Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Hilton Head. While there is a statewide stay-at-home order and a restriction on non-essential businesses, golf courses are permitted to remain open. Myrtle Beach courses, however, are only open only to locals and South Carolina hotels and lodgings can’t accept reservations from anyone from the New York Tri-State area.
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” and then expanding nationwide.
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