The NGF has been reaching out to representatives of the Top 100 Businesses in Golf as well as other golf companies and organizations to assess how the ongoing pandemic has affected business to this point. Here’s an industry-wide overview.
A growing number of states (and counties) have either instructed residents to stay at home except for non-essential outings or mandated the shutdown of all businesses not deemed essential during a crisis. The rules on what is considered “essential” varies from state-to-state — from governmental services, law enforcement and emergency services to grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, utilities and even golf courses, which in a number of cases are given an exemption.
Amid the growing Coronavirus threat, golf has shown it can provide an escape. Here’s a rundown of efforts and protocols to keep golf courses open and provide a safe environment for customers and employees.
With more golf courses throughout the U.S. than Starbucks stores and an appeal that that spans generations, the game has shown it can offer valuable physical and mental respite during the coronavirus pandemic with safe operation and proper protocols. That said, the situation is changing continually, and often rapidly.
Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle discusses the company’s new one-floor venue concept that will debut in Augusta during Masters week, including what prompted the approach and how it will impact engagement in the golf industry.