Dear PGA Member,
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we could not have imagined. Most
importantly, I hope you and your families are healthy and staying safe.
We are receiving quite a bit of email correspondence and phone calls from PGA Professionals on how the golf industry should respond to COVID-19. Many are advocating for keeping courses open with stringent health safety protocols in place. It is encouraging that so many around the country see the value of golf as a safe haven to get some exercise and take a break from the uncertainty and anxiety many of us are feeling.
Others believe just as strongly that out of an abundance of caution, and to do our part to stop the spread of coronavirus, courses should close.
As one member wrote, “It is the nature of our PGA members to deal with adversity and find a way to succeed.” That is so true. Your natural instinct is to serve your customers while growing your businesses. You also have a long track record of serving your community, which is where the issue becomes more complicated.
The best recommendation we can give is to follow the guidance of the CDC and your local city and state officials, which is changing daily. Some have mandates in place based on the local and regional impact of coronavirus, others do not. There is no one-size-fits-all answer.
For those of you who choose to stay open, you can find resources on PGA.org , including specific tips for safe and responsible coaching sessions. If you work at a facility that has remained open and you are understandably uncomfortable about going into work, we suggest you speak to your supervisor.
You may be eligible for paid sick leave once the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) goes into effect on April 2.
We hope this information is helpful. We will be following up at PGA.org with updates, including insights regarding developments from Washington and how relevant legisla on impacts our PGA Professionals and the golf industry.
Please reach out with any ques ons or comments. Thank you for all you are doing. We will get through this together.
PGA of America