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October 13, 2022

Register Now for Golf Business Conference 2023

If you’re responsible for the success of a golf course business, you simply can’t miss GBC23!

Registration has just opened for the NGCOA's Golf Business Conferencethe industry’s largest annual gathering of golf course owners, operators, general managers and others who run golf course businesses.

We invite you and your staff to join hundreds of your peers Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 25 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida.

Plan to extend your stay through Friday, January 27 to attend the 2023 PGA Show at the adjacent Orange County Convention Center. Various education and the full exhibit hall is included at no extra charge with your GBC23 badge! 

Attend Golf Business Conference 2023 and experience:

  • relevant, exclusive and timely education
  • expert speakers from industry and business
  • unparalleled networking and fun during the annual Yamaha Golf Outing
  • access to a wide range of 2023 PGA Show programs, activities and education
  • recognition and celebration of NGCOA's annual award winners
  • and much more!

 You'll return to your golf course business with new and stronger relationships, an accurate outlook on our industry, and tools and tangible plans for solving labor challenges, improving operations, enhancing marketing efforts and increasing revenue

There’s no better way to start the new year!

October 1, 2022

Victory Golf Pass is currently working on the production of the 2023 Victory Golf Pass.  The PGO is happy to endorse Victory Golf Pass once again, as we have done so for the past eleven years.  Victory Golf Pass is a win-win-win for golf courses, golfers, and the community alike.  Victory is a powerful free marketing tool connecting golf courses to thousands of local golfers in the greater Philadelphia area.  Being a part of the Victory Golf Pass roster is like having a massive reciprocal membership program – instant and mostly new business your way.  And as always, there is no cost to being a partner course with Victory Golf Pass – any and all business sent your way is pure profit whether they send you tens, hundreds, or thousands of rounds.  Whether you’re a public facility or a private facility, Victory Golf Pass is direct business to consumer advertising completely filtered to your target demographic – avid local golfers looking to play new courses.  The course benefits from free targeted promotion, the golfer saves and plays more, and they are able to make real change in our community through their 501c3 Victory Hope Foundation.
A win-win-win deal for everyone is why they are called the Victory Golf Pass, and why the PGO is happy to endorse them once again for 2023.  If you haven’t done so already, please show the PGO and Victory support by participating in the Victory Golf Pass roster for 2023.  For Victory Golf Course Agreement Forms and additional information, please Click Here. You can contact Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send in your course’s deal for next season.
***A portion of the fee from every Victory Golf Passsold in a member Pro-Shop goes directly to PGO***

August 29, 2022

NGCOA members in good standing are encouraged to submit applications and/or nominations; deadline is midnight Friday, September 30, 2022.

July 20, 2022

Governor Wolf Signs Turfgrass Fertilizer Bill in Law -  Following 12 years of debate and failed attempts to pass state-wide legislation, Pennsylvania now has a law governing turfgrass fertilizer application dates, practices, rates, and type of fertilizer used.  On July 11, Governor Wolf signed SB 251, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Gene Yaw (R) and Senator Carolyn Comitta (D), into law. Currently known as “Act 83 of 2022”, the new law omits a controversial applicator licensing and certification program included in previous versions of the bill, but retains the following provisions for turfgrass fertilizer applicators:

  • Applications near water:The law states that no person may apply nonaquatic fertilizer within 15 feet of the top of a bank of a lake, pond, wetland, or flowing body of water (stream, river, or creek). However, fertilizer may be applied to the top of a waterway bank if using a drop spreader, rotary spreader with deflector, targeted spray liquid or other targeted application technology when establishing and maintaining a stream buffer zone. The setbacks for fertilizer applications near waterways do not preclude environmental standards established under other federal or state laws.
  • Nitrogen: Nitrogen application rates shall not exceed 0.7 pounds of readily available nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft per application, and shall not exceed 0.9 pounds of total nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft per application, except when labeled as an enhanced-efficiency nitrogen fertilizer, where the amount of nitrogen released at any given time shall not exceed 0.7 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft.
  • Phosphorus: Turfgrass fertilizer shall contain no phosphorus except when specifically labeled for establishing vegetation (turfgrass) for the first time; reestablishing or repairing a turf area; or as an enhanced-efficiency phosphorus fertilizer, natural organic fertilizer, or organic-based fertilizer, if the application rate does not exceed 0.25 pounds of phosphorus per 1,000 sq ft per application, with a maximum total annual application of 0.5 pounds of phosphorus per 1,000 sq ft.
  • Exceptions to nitrogen and phosphorus rate restrictions:Turfgrass fertilizer applicators are not required to follow the above nitrogen and phosphorus application rate restrictions if a site-specific plan is used and is based on all the following criteria:
    • A soil test is conducted within the previous three years according to procedures recommended by Penn State.
    • Soil, plant species, climate, turf use, topography, or other appropriate management factors are accounted for in the plan.
    • Rates recommended by Penn State or another institution of higher education in the Commonwealth are approved by the PA Dept. of Agriculture.
  • Impervious surfaces:The law states that no person may apply turf fertilizer to an impervious surface (sidewalk, driveway, street, etc.). Turf fertilizer that is inadvertently applied to an impervious surface must be removed from the impervious surface immediately following the application.
  • Conditions and date restrictions:No person may apply fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus to turf at any time when the ground is frozen to a depth of at least two inches or snow covered. No person may apply fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus to turf after December 15 and before March 1.
  • Equipment:Another provision of the law is that no person may apply fertilizer with a device that is not intended for the application of fertilizer or that has not been properly calibrated; operate fertilizer application equipment or devices in a faulty, careless or negligent manner; dispose of, discard or store a fertilizer product in a manner that is inconsistent with its label, would cause over-application of fertilizer, or would result in direct discharge to a storm drain or waters of the Commonwealth.


May 2, 2022 

Annual Meeting at Hershey Country Club

May 2     Jim and Brian 

 May 2 Golf Group


March 3, 2022

May 2nd Conference Update

There is a room block at the Hershey Lodge for the May 2nd meeting.  The Group Room rate is: $159.00 per room per night plus 11% taxes = $176.49.  Please use the link below or call to make reservations at 855-729-3108 and ask for the room block for the Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association at Hershey Lodge, Sunday, May 1st to Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022.


Please be aware that the room block cut-off date is Friday, April 1st, 2022.  After the cut-off date, rooms and/or group rate may no longer be available.

March 3, 2022

Registration is now open for the PGO Spring Golf Meeting on May 2, 2022. 

PGO Spring Meeting Registration Form 


February 2, 2022

Our Spring Golf Meeting is scheduled for May 2, 2022 at Hershey Country Club.  We will offer a morning of speakers followed by golf on the East Course and end with a cocktail reception.  Information will be available soon, so mark your calendar and plan to join us!


November 20, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2022 Golf Business Conference in Orlando, Florida - January 24-26! 

Agenda | Golf Business Conference 2022 


May 29, 2021

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all!


Effective Monday, May 31 at 12:01 AM, all statewide COVID-19 restrictions related to gatherings, restaurants, and other businesses (except masking) will be lifted.

The commonwealth's mask order will be lifted by June 28 or when 70 percent of adults get their second dose, whichever comes first.

May 11, 2021

Wolf Administration to Increase Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings Maximum Capacity on May 17

The Wolf Administration today announced that event and gathering maximum occupancy limits will be increased to 50 percent for indoor events and gatherings and 75 percent for outdoor events and gatherings effective Monday, May 17 at 12:01 AM.

May 4, 2021

Governor Tom Wolf


Effective May 31, we are lifting COVID mitigation orders..

The masking order will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated. Help us lift the ​masking order sooner. Find a vaccine appointment near you: http://pa.gov/get-vaccinated


April 11, 2021

Registration for this year's National Golf Day will close on April 14th. This year's event is virtual, please click below for registration and schedule.



April 2, 2021

Register Now  --  PGO Spring Golf Outing at Foxchase Golf Club
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Click here for Registration Form​

 We hope you will join us for this fun and informational event.

  •          Roundtable discussion
  •          Meet with our sponsors
  •          Jay Karen, NGCOA CEO joins us for an NGCOA update and will be available for questions
  •          Enjoy a day of golf

**Due to the current challenges with the USPS, please email a copy of your registration form so we can make your reservation by the deadline.**

March 30, 2021

Mark your Calendar for our upcoming Spring Golf Meeting/Social at Foxchase Golf Course on May 4th. There will be a brief meeting/educational session and golf at 1:00 PM.  Jay Karen from NGCOA is expected to join us. Sign up information will be sent shortly.  

March 15, 2021

Gov. Wolf: Effective April 4, More Options for Restaurants and Other Businesses, Mass Gathering Maximums Increase 

Harrisburg, PA – As COVID-19 cases have declined and vaccination rates are climbing, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the lifting of some targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increased gathering limits.

Effective April 4, restaurants may resume bar service; alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food; the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted; and indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process, which involves agreeing to strictly comply to all public health safety guidelines and orders, including the cleaning and mitigation protocols and other operational requirements contained in the Governor and Secretary of Health’s mitigation and enforcement orders issued on November 23, 2020, as amended. Those restaurants that do not self-certify may raise capacity to 50 percent. Outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and takeout are still encouraged.

Requirements such as mask-wearing, and social distancing, including 6 feet between diners, also still apply.

Capacity for other businesses also will be increased effective April 4, including moving personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities (casinos, theatres, malls) to 75 percent occupancy.

The governor also announced revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

“Pennsylvanians have stepped up and done their part of help curb the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our case counts continue to go down, hospitalizations are declining, and the percent positivity rate gets lower every week – all very positive signs. The number of people getting vaccinated increases daily and we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. It’s time to allow our restaurants, bars and other service businesses to get back to more normal operations.”

While the lifting of these restrictions is good news, Gov. Wolf cautioned that mask-wearing, social distancing and business adherence to all safety orders are still imperative.

“We’ve come so far and now is not the time to stop the safety measures we have in place to protect ourselves, our families and our communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Keep wearing a mask, social distancing, and, please, get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

March 1, 2021

Gov. Wolf announced revisions to the gathering limits and eliminated out-of-state travel restrictions. 

    • The limit for indoor events is now 15% of maximum occupancy regardless of venue size and 6-foot physical distancing is still required.
    • The limit for outdoor events is now 20% of maximum occupancy regardless of venue size and 6-foot physical distancing is still required. 
    • Out-of-state travel restrictions were lifted. It is no longer necessary for travelers to Pennsylvania to have a negative COVID test or 14-day self-quarantine.

January 25, 2021

Sign up now ...............Golf Business Conference 2021  

January 11, 2021

Golf Business Conference 2021 Registration is Open


Register today! Golf Business Conference is the industry’s largest annual gathering of golf course owners and operators. This year, the event will be conducted virtually January 25-27, in conjunction with the 2021 PGA Show Virtual Experience & Marketplace.

The registration fee — $95 for NGCOA members and $125 for non-members — includes access to all 12 GBC21 education sessions over three half days, and access to the session recordings after the conference. View the entire session schedule at golfbusinessconference.com/agenda. Also included is the annual NGCOA awards recognition ceremony and annual meeting for NGCOA members; this segment will be held virtually through NGCOA’s online platform.

GBC21 attendees can also view free PGA Show education content and PGA Show keynote sessions, and will be given access to the PGA Show exhibitor showrooms, appointment setting and chat feature, exhibitor-to-attendee matchmaking, virtual special events, the PGA Marketplace and more. Golf course owners who want to attend the full PGA Show Virtual Experience & Marketplace can add it to their registration in Step 3; visit pgashow.com for information and additional pricing.

GBC21 attendees can earn continuing education credits from the PGA of America, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the Club Management Association of America (CMAA), and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). GBC21 sponsorships and PGA Show exhibiting opportunities are also available. Learn more at golfbusinessconference.com.

December 28, 2020

Victory Golf Passes are now available for purchase through PGO or to sell in your Pro Shop. Victory is endorsed by the PGO (Pennsylvania Golf Course Owner's Association and produced by a PGA Professional and Golf Course owner who is dedicated to providing the BEST Golf Value for Golfers!

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

December 10, 2020

Governor Wolf Announces New Protective Mitigation Efforts

November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

November 24, 2020

Wolf Admin Announces New Mitigation Efforts

November 18, 2020

Golf Is Increasing Amid COVID

November 17, 2020

Wolf Administration COVID-19 Announcements: Protecting The Health Care System, New Traveler Testing Order, Strengthened Masking Order, Recommendations For Colleges And Universities

October 18, 2020

As expected, Gov. Wolf yesterday vetoed House Bill 2513 citing it as a danger to public health. In his statement he said it would fully restore restaurant occupancy, which is not true. HB 2513 merely returns the industry to the safe and reasonable standards in place prior to the July 15 mitigation announcement, such as 50% occupancy for restaurants & private events, removes the meal requirement, ends the ban on bar seating, and does not require self-certification. 

Your help is needed to urge the House of Representatives to act quickly to override this veto. Contact your representatives this weekend, tell them how important HB 2513 is for your business' long-term survival, and encourage them to schedule the override vote Monday, October 19. Additionally, we need your help reaching out to the 36 Democratic representatives who voted in favor of HB 2513 and urge them to continuing standing with the industry.

We need your action today to help save PA's restaurant industry!

Find Your Representatives
Fill out this form to find out who your representative is.

Representative Contact Information
Already know who your representative is? Download this spreadsheet to get their contact information so you can email or call them right now.

Talking Points and More
Everything you need to compose your email or to speak to your representative (or their staff) can be found on this landing page. We even included some social media outreach you can use to supplement your emails and phone calls. 

Act Now
Your action this weekend is imperative for the industry's survival tomorrow.

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association | Harrisburg, PA 17101

 October 13, 2020

Please visit the link below from the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association (PRLA) for information on HB 2513 which would restore the hospitality and private event industry to the standards that were in place before the July 15 mitigation announcement.  Included are links to reach out to your legislative representative to make sure they understand that HB 2513 is important for the entire industry. 

HB 2513 Action Alert & Talking Points

October 12, 2020

Thanks to PGO Member Jonathan Byler and his staff at Iron Valley Golf Club for hosting our PGO Golf Outing on October 6th.  Thanks also to the members in attendance and to our event sponsors:  Spirit Golf Management, Turf Equipment and Supply Co., Lawn & Golf Supply Co., Knies Insurance Group, and Brightview.  It was a perfect fall day for good food, awesome golf and great conversations!

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October 9, 2020

The new state guideline for events go into effect today.

Targeted Mitigation Order - Frequently Asked Questions

October 3, 2020

Listed below please find information that we received from John Longstreet at PLRA in regards to the efforts they are taking to help the hospitality industry.



PRLA Priorities_List

September 16, 2020

PGO Golf Outing at Iron Valley Golf Course

October 6, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host our regular Annual Membership Meeting.  We hope you will join us for this event to share information from this challenging season, enjoy a day of golf, and meeting with our sponsors.

We hope that you can join us.  

 September 9, 2020

Governor Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting September 21

Governor Wolf announced that restaurants may return to 50% capacity on September 21, but the restaurant must self-certify by Oct. 5 to do so. Today's order also imposed a 10 p.m. curfew for alcohol sales and kept the ban on bar service, meal requirement for alcohol purchases, and 25-person cap on private events intact.

September 6, 2020

The Folds of Honor E. PA-NJ Chapter is hosting their Inaugural Wingman Open PA on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA.   Golfers and guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items such as exceptional trips, memorabilia and more with net proceeds going to the Folds of Honor's K-12 and High Education scholarship funds in support of our military families.  If you would like to contribute to the silent auction, please contact Mike Attara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Beth Simmons This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

September 1, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Wolf signed a second renewal of his 90-day disaster declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Press Release.

August 27, 2020

Mark Your Calendars for October 6, 2020

PGO Golf Outing at Iron Valley Golf Course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we cancelled our March Winter Social and now we are not able to host our Annual Membership Meeting.  We have decided instead to hold a one day Golf outing/social for our members.  More details will be available shortly.  Thanks for your understanding.

August 7, 2020

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning released the July unemployment numbers. While the leisure and hospitality industry gained 592,000 nationwide, the sector is still down 2.6 million jobs since February, and has the highest unemployment rate (25%) of all sectors. 
  • Tomorrow, August 8, is the last day to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), if you haven't already applied. 
  • Gov. Wolf announced at the end of his press conference a 'recommendation' of no interscholastic or recreational sports for pre-K through 12th grade. PRESS RELEASE
  • Tell Congress to protect PPP recipients from surprise tax liabilities.  

July 31, 2020

Patriot Golf Day


 Earlier this year the NGCOA announced their official involvement with Patriot Golf Day making this a true industry-wide collaboration and #1 fundraiser in golf.  It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s a great cause, and it’s a great way to generate business for your course as well!  Most importantly, it’s not too late to join in!

Patriot Golf Day will take Labor Day Weekend September 4-7th 2020 (yet the dates can be flexible).  The PGO supports this charity as well, and we encourage you to do what you can this year.  Check out their website to learn about this great initiative and to register your course.

July 24, 2020

The PLCB released clarifying guidance on the July 15 order.

July 23, 2020

Golf Industry Receives Over 6,000 PPP Loans

July 22, 2020 

Golf Business RevCon 2020  The success of your golf business is ALL ABOUT REVENUE.

July 21, 2020

The Department of Health released FAQ's on the July 15 orders. 
July 20, 2020

What Golf Operators Said About the June ‘Surge’

July 16, 2020
Clarifications on yesterday's order.
      • No bar service whatsoever. All alcohol must be served at the attendee's seat and accompany a meal.
      • All food and beverage must be consumed at seat.
      • Dance floors are still open but no food/drink permitted on it.
    • MEAL DEFINITION has not been released.
July 15, 2020

Gov. Wolf announced new, targeted mitigation efforts on restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. These new efforts take effect at 12:01 a.m., July 16 and include the following guidelines:

    • Prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages. All service must be at a table or booth; bar service is prohibited.
    • Occupancy is limited to 25 percent of stated fire-code maximum occupancy for indoor dining, and indoor events/gatherings may not exceed 25 persons. The maximum occupancy limit includes staff.
    • Alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
    • Take-out sales of alcohol for the purposes of off-site consumption are permitted subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law.
    • Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e. tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.
    • Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons.
July 6, 2020
  • The Pa. Department of Health issued updated FAQs on the expanded mask order.
  • The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications at 9 a.m. on July 6, 2020, in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.
  • The Small Business Administration today released PPP loan data
    • Data released for loans above $150,000:
      • Borrowing entity name, address
      • Number of jobs covered under the loan application
      • Voluntary demographic info (race, gender, veteran’s status) 
      • Loan amount will be disclosed with a range (not specific dollar amount)
      • NAICS code
      • No designation of whether you’re a franchise model
      • Congressional district
    • Data released for loans below $150,000:
      • More than 4 million PPP loans were below $150,000
      • No borrower names released
      • Lender names released
      • Total amount per state
July 2, 2020

Secretary of Health Signs Extended Mask-Wearing Order

July 1, 2020

How Much it Costs to Maintain a Golf Course for a Year

 With Precautions, Golf Is Back. So Are Scoring Squabbles.

 June 24, 2020
June 23, 2020
Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council – Crisis Turfgrass Management - June 23, 2020 | Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council | PODCAST
 June 22, 2020
Gov. Wolf released updated FAQs for businesses operating during the COVID-19 disaster emergency. Updates of note include face shields, mask requirements, and temperature screening. 
June 19, 2020 - Happy Father's Day Weekend
  • Gov. Wolf announced 12 more counties will go green on June 26. These counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna. 
    • Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state’s green phase on June 26; however, local officials will maintain some additional restrictions until July 3.
    • The only county that remains in yellow after June 26 is Lebanon County. 
  • The SBA and Treasury announced a revised, borrower-friendly PPP loan forgiveness application based on updates included through the PPP Flexibility Act (PPPFA). A new EZ version of the application is also available for borrowers that are self-employed or did not reduce salaries of employees by more than 25 percent.
June 18, 2020
Today, Gov. Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that mask-wearing is required when entering any business in all counties in the state in both yellow and green phases of reopening. Masks are considered critical in stopping the spread of COVID, now and in preparation for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall. PRESS RELEASE
June 17, 2020
Attached is the final version of the Back2Golf Operations Playbook
June 16, 2020
Just a Reminder -- The Folds of Honor Auction is now active.  Log on and bid!
The Eastern PA-NJ Chapter of Folds of Honor is holding its first ever online auction to raise money for educational scholarships for Folds of Honor families.  You can help them in 2 ways:
  • Donate items for the auction -- contact Ron Stepanek   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Log onto easternpanj.foldsofhonor.org and bid on items from June 15th to July 15th 
June 15, 2020
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June 9, 2020

PGA professional died last week following an on-course accident.

Justin Riegel, 38, was killed on last Wednesday when a tree crashed into Philmont Country Club’s pro shop and cart barn following a thunderstorm. Riegel was helping bring in carts from the rain at the Philadelphia course when the accident happened."The storm blew in and everyone was rushing in, and before we knew it a tree fell," Philmont employee Kelli Patrick told 6ABC.com. Riegel joined Philmont in 2019 as head pro, and was recently promoted to director of golf. According to the PGA Philadelphia website, Riegel previously worked at Aronimink G.C., Wilmington C.C. and Gulph Mills G.C as an assistant pro before earning his first PGA head professional position at French Creek G.C. In 2015, he was selected as the Section PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year.Riegel’s girlfriend, Kate Hannon, is due to have the couple’s first child in two weeks. A GoFundMe site has been set up to assist Riegel’s family.“Justin was one the most caring individuals you could ever come across. He was that guy who would call just to see how you’re doing and make sure everything was great in your life,” reads the site. “We’re raising funds to help Kate and the kids get through these awful times and to start a college fund for the kids. Please consider donating as much as you can, Justin would be the first one signing up to help anyone else out.”

To donate, visit the GoFundMe page here

June 8, 2020
Governor Wolf announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order. DCED will distribute the funds to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will then administer the funding in the form of grants. The application, additional details, and requirements are still being finalized.
June 5, 2020
Today, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act into law.  Please note that June 30 is the final day to be issued a PPP loan (you can only be issued one PPP loan).
The Eastern PA-NJ Chapter of Folds of Honor is holding its first ever online auction to raise money for educational scholarships for Folds of Honor families.  You can help them in 2 ways:
  • Donate items for the auction -- contact Ron Stepanek   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Log onto easternpanj.foldsofhonor.org and bid on items from June 15th to July 15th 
 June 4, 2020
Last night, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act, which fundamentally changes PPP forgiveness criteria by easing certain forgiveness requirements to the favor of PPP loan recipients. 
June 3, 2020

This afternoon, the PLCB made available on PLCB+ the application for licensees to temporarily extend their premise to permit additional space for outdoor dining.

There is no cost to apply and your application will be automatically approved. A summary of the temporary procedures are outlined below:

  • Emergency temporary authority for outside areas may be requested by clubs, catering clubs, restaurants, retail dispensers, hotels, distilleries, limited distilleries, wineries, limited wineries, and breweries.
  • Licensees that wish to apply for a temporary extension of the licensed premises to include outside serving areas, with this extension expiring at the end of the current public health emergency, may do so without paying the $220 filing fee.
  • The application for temporary extension of premises to include an outdoor seating area will require the submission of a plan, and if the area to be licensed is an area not under the applicant’s control – such as a municipal sidewalk – then proof that the applicant has the right to occupy the location must be provided.
  • A licensee may only submit an application for an outdoor area immediately adjacent to, abutting and contiguous to the existing licensed premises. Applications for locations not meeting these criteria will be rejected, and no temporary extensions are allowed for any locations separated from a licensed premises by a public thoroughfare.
  • Upon submission of the application, the licensee will see a confirmation screen that the application was successfully submitted for processing. The licensee must print this confirmation page and display it as evidence the application was received, and at that point, the licensee will automatically have temporary authority to operate on the proposed outdoor area.
June 2, 2020
U.S. Senate leaders support House bill that makes changes to Paycheck Protection Program.
June 1, 2020
The PLCB issued additional guidance for licensees in green counties. READ MORE
May 30, 2020 

Clarification on Golf Facility Guidance for Pennsylvania Counties in Yellow and Green Phase of Reopening

Shared golf cars and caddies are permissible

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf has received updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Governor's Office for golf facilities located in counties designated as yellow or green phases of reopening.

The Governor's Office has informed us that in the yellow phase, facilities may open, conduct in-person operations, and offer caddies and shared golf cars. These facilities must follow all the guidance to keep employees and customers safe. All employees should wear masks, clean / disinfect golf carts, etc., and social distancing remains in place. Beginning on June 5, those facilities that have a restaurant on site may offer outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity. Gatherings in the yellow phase are restricted to no more than 25 people.

In the green phase, facilities that have a restaurant on site may offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, in addition to in-person operations, caddies, shared golf cars, etc., all while maintaining social distancing. Gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited. The following counties will move to green on June 5: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.

Golf facilities that are located in red counties may only offer golf cars as single occupant only, unless the occupants share a residence, and may not offer caddies. All remaining red counties are expected to move to yellow by June 5; these counties include: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

May 29, 2020
  • Take action to improve the Paycheck Protection Program by contacting your U.S. senator today and urge them to act on this issue. ACT NOW
May 28, 2020

NGCOA Golf Industry Compensation & Benefits Report


The 2020 Golf Industry Compensation & Benefits Report is an important service provided by the National Golf Course Owners Association to its members. The report is designed to allow golf courses throughout the country to easily compare compensation levels and benefit policies with their peers, and the data will be aggregated in groupings so facilities can compare their own data to the results of similar operations.

NGCOA members will receive (electronically) the entire 2020 Golf Industry Compensation & Benefits Report complimentary as part of membership. Multi-course members will also receive a complimentary customized report comparing facilities with other MCO facilities.

As a member of PGO, you receive the benefits of a NGCOA membership therefore you will receive a copy of this survey. For information on PGO Membership, please contact Wanda at 717-673-6096 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May 27, 2020

May 26, 2020
Of Note: If you offer an employee their job back and they refuse, you must inform the state unemployment office and provide proof of that to not be held responsible for that portion of the loan. 
May 22, 2020  
 Have a Safe and Enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!

9 Things Every Golfer Should Keep In Mind To Be Safe On The Course

By: Zephyr Melton      May 21, 2020


As golfers emerge from their homes and head back to the course, it is important to recognize some of the new safety measures that are being implemented to keep the game safe for all. There has been plenty of innovation over the past two months such as inverted cups, pool noodles in the holes and even a nifty invention for snagging your ball from the hole, but even with these measures in place, there are still other things we can all do to keep everyone safe.

That’s where the Back2Golf initiative comes in. Back2Golf is a collaborative effort between the game’s allied organizations which outlines a plan of operational guidelines for golf facilities around the country which adhere to health safety guidelines and best practices.

Back2Golf has a three-phase approach for safely getting back to normal on the golf course, which you can see here, but for the first phase, social distancing is key. Here are the nine things every golfer should keep in mind as they get back to playing golf.

Follow these steps to be safe on the course.

  1. Always stay six feet apart from others -- This shouldn’t be a problem while on the course but be sure to be conscientious of your spacing in common areas such as the clubhouse, range and putting green.
  2. Stay home if you have a fever or feel sick -- We all love golf, but if you feel ill please stay home. The course will still be there when you get back on your feet.
  3. Avoid large gatherings -- Like rule No. 1, this one should be easy on the course but be careful before and after the round.
  4. If in doubt, don’t touch it -- Did the group ahead of you take out the flagstick and pass it around before replacing it? Maybe putt with the pin in today. Lucky for you, it’s totally legal.
  5. Always mark your ball clearly -- Make sure you can clearly identify your ball so you don’t accidentally grab the wrong ball while searching in the woods,
  6. Wear a facial covering when taking a lesson -- If you are going to be in close proximity to someone for an extended period, it’s probably safer to wear a mask.
  7. Avoid handshakes and high fives -- A nice fist bump will do for the time being.
  8. Respect the game and all involved -- Pandemic or not, this is something you should be doing at all times.
  9. Remember to wash your hands after playing -- Soap and water for at least 20 seconds!

May 21, 2020

This afternoon, Gov. Wolf signed HB 327 into law. Now Act 21 of 2020, this law takes effect immediately. The PLCB released FAQs, which are also posted on www.prla.org/cocktailstogo
May 20, 2020
 from today's Washington Post
May 19, 2020
A new 30-second PSA, "Golf and Social Distancing" , featuring Nelly Korda, Matt Kuchar, and Steph Curry began airing on digital and broadcast outlets over the weekend, including CBS, Golf Channel and CBS Sports Network. Among the important messages delivered are the health and recreational benefits of golf that can be enjoyed while now applying social distancing. The PSA showcases the industry's collaborative approach in creating the Back2Golf Guidelines and Operational Playbook. Additionally, the PSA as well as the Back2Golf social distancing posters are available for download on the WE ARE GOLF website. 
 May 18, 2020
  • On Friday, the SBA and Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness application. PRESS RELEASE | Application | Fox Business Article
  • HB 327 is in on the Governor's desk and awaiting his signature. Review this infographic that explains the bill's provisions and download this sign that must be posted in a licensee's establishment.
  • Pennsylvania launched a program for individuals who have exhausted their unemployment compensation benefits that provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

As you are aware the golf allied associations recently released the Back2Golf  http://wearegolf.org/back2golf/  Social Distancing Guidelines for golf courses.

May 14, 2020


May 13, 2020

Tragedy Creates Golf's Golden Opportunity: A Chance to Fix Golf's Sins of the 21st Century

May 12, 2020

National Club Association

NCA Advocacy Breakthrough Clubs Included in the Paycheck Protection Program Bill

The fifth relief package has been released by Democratic Leadership in the House of Representatives. In the package is a section on expanding eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program. At first glance, it appears to open up the PPP to all 501(c) entities. While this is just the first step in what is sure to be a long process, NCA will continue to work toward a successful conclusion. The legislation is H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act and the language can be found on page 821 and 822.

I would like to thank all of you who weighed in with your members of Congress to make this happen. By speaking with one voice, we got our message through. While we have a long way to go, please be sure to reach out to your Representatives and thank them for including all 501(c) organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program.

May 11, 2020
May 8, 2020 
This poster\flyer was updated today to reflect the change of cart usage by occupants that share a residence.
 May 7, 2020

The Pennsylvania Governor's Office today updated its guidance for golf course operations. The updated guidance affects golf car usage procedures, and now stipulates that "golf cars may be utilized, but must be single occupant only, unless the occupants share a residence."

In counties designated as being in the Red Phase of Reopening, golf course operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided. 

In counties that have been designated as being in the Yellow Phase of Reopening, golf courses may conduct in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public (including the requirement to telework where possible), available here

Click here to review the full FAQ published by the Pennsylvania Governor's Office.

 May 6, 2020
This morning, Back2Golf Guidelines were sent to both endemic and non-endemic national media. This plan is based on the operational phases detailed in “Guidelines: Opening Up America Again” published by the White House and the CDC. This effort was led by the PGA of America, and is a collaborative effort under WE ARE GOLF, including GCSAA, CMAA, NGCOA, USGA, PGA TOUR  and LPGA
May 5, 2020
  • The PA Chamber has launched a new website, "Bringing PA Back" to help business owners safely reopen their businesses. VISIT WEBSITE
  • The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow, May 6 at 10 a.m. to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and how the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has handled it. You can watch the hearing live here.
May 4, 2020
  • The Pa. Office of Unemployment Compensation has updated its FAQ document for businesses to include information on when an employee refuses to return to work and “relief from charges” for businesses.
  • Additional PPP details are starting to emerge from the Treasury Department with a recently updated FAQ document. Question #40 relates to loan forgiveness. Additional details and information are expected this week.
  • The Governor's Office released additional guidance for businesses in the 24 counties that will move into the yellow phase on May 8. As a reminder, dine-in services are not permitted in the yellow phase. Takeout and delivery continue to be permitted in all 67 counties.


May 1, 2020

Golf Car 002

April 30, 2020

PA LCB Guidance for Golf Coures During COVID-19


The following link provides print-only materials from the CDC website developed to support COVID-19 recommendations. All materials are free for download.

Good information to post around your club and restrooms.


Article from Penn Live this morning.


April 29, 2020

PA Alliance for Golf Guidelines for a Safe Re-Opening of Golf

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf embraces the opportunities for the successful reopening of golf, and maintaining a safe environment for all staff and golfers to maintain our open status during this pandemic. Even in these unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 threat affecting all aspects of life as we know it, golf is available as an outlet for people to exercise and provides one of the few respites from the confines of home. With vast areas of open space containing green grass, ponds and trees, a golf course can provide the ability for social distancing.  

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf is committed to doing all it can to support our constituents by being a resource of information and a clearinghouse of best practices that will provide guidance to any and all facilities, operators, golf professionals, club officials and stewards of the game. As golfers and industry operators, let’s all do our part to keep the game and our loved ones safe.

April 28, 2020

Stay Safe and as we open up our courses and businesses, please be sure to support the other small businesses in your communities.


Webinar: Payroll Protection Program Forgiveness: How to Maximize this Benefit and Other Federal Program Updates

April 30, 2020  Time: 3:00 pm EDT

This session will address the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness program guidelines and steps you must take after receiving funds, as well as updates on federal programs for businesses due to Coronavirus.

Guest: Holly Wade, Director, Research and Policy Analysis, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)

 April 27, 2020

Making Your Course Social Distance Ready


April 27, 2020
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Governor Announces May 1 Statewide Reopening of Limited Outdoor Recreational Activities to Help Pennsylvanians Maintain Positive Physical, Mental Health

Harrisburg, PA – To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Wolf Administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities.

Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance and FAQ issued by the Wolf Administration to include specifics for how these outdoor recreational industries can resume activities while prioritizing public health and safety. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.

“Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf said. “As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”

According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half (45 percent) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over COVID-19 with the burden likely to continue even as the pandemic’s threat diminishes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities. These guidelines must be followed statewide by businesses and when engaging in outdoor activity while the state disaster declaration remains in effect. The guidelines will ensure the safety of individuals and families engaging in outdoor activities and adherence will help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Stay close to home: Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and avoid crowding popular destinations.
  • Practice social distancing: Maintain the recommended minimum 6 feet apart from fellow recreationists. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to wear a mask or protective garment that covers the nose and mouth any time they go outside. If a parking lot at a park is full or there are too many people on the same trail, find an alternate place to recreate. Cross the street to avoid running directly past another runner or wait longer at a golf hole for a fellow golfer to move forward.
  • Minimize risk to others: Individuals should only go out if they feel healthy and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails. 
  • Have a plan: Create a safety plan before heading outdoors. Explain to children the need to keep their distance from others, even if they happen to see a friend while outside. Discuss with partners, social distancing while on the golf course. Think through how to avoid other runners when waiting to safely cross a street at the same time.

“Practicing social distancing takes a little planning and patience but it is necessary if we want to continue to flatten the curve while ensuring that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to de-stress and get exercise,” Wolf said. “Finding the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying safe is only possible when all Pennsylvanians are abiding by the same precautions. It’s critical that all Pennsylvanians adhere to the safety guidelines to allow for these outdoor activities to remain available to the public.”

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.

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April 24, 2020

Please feel free to use the following email to send to your senator to have them support legislation to open our golf courses.  Senator Doug Mastriano is looking for co-sponsorship of this proposal.  Click on the link below to find your senator and forward the letter/proposal below.  (If you would prefer the original email to forward to your Senator -- please respond to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Dear Senator:

The Pennsylvania Golf Owners/Operators Association (PGO) recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak and the importance of having all Pennsylvanians adhere to the “Stay at Home” Executive Order.  We stand in compliance with Governor Wolf and his team during this time.  The PGO would also like our government leaders to know that our golf courses want to be part of the solution.  Golf courses throughout history have lifted the American spirit in good times and bad.  They provide acres of recreational green space, forest and wetlands that provide wildlife habitats. 

We are asking that you support the attached legislation so that our courses can open for outdoor recreation.  Golf courses can operate so that it is safe for employees and customers alike.  Included in this legislation are examples we can implement to ensure the regulations laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization are met.  

Thank you for your support.  

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Co-Sponsorship: MASTRIANO - Golf Courses and COVID-19 Safety Protocols


April 23, 2020 4:58 PM


All Senate Members


Senator Doug Mastriano


Golf Courses and COVID-19 Safety Protocols

In the near future, I will introduce legislation allowing Pennsylvania golf courses to reopen immediately under strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

Golf courses throughout Pennsylvania provide an important outlet for healthy behavior for thousands of people. It is also a great opportunity for outdoor recreation during these difficult times.

Health experts and epidemiologists have spoken recently about the need for such activity and how golf can be played safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Golf is unique among outdoor activities for the natural “social distancing” that occurs, with small groups of four individuals - - - at most - - - spread across wide areas of play that in total, typically comprise between 100 and 200 acres.

Golf is not a contact sport and one can easily play without ever getting within six feet of another person.

Additionally, golf is widely seen as an activity that is viable and relatively low-risk, however there are still precautions that need to be in place to ensure the safety of players, golf course staffs and club/course officials.

The following are a few examples we could implement at the golf course level to help ensure the regulations laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization are being met:

• The golf course will be for golfers only to manage activity levels, all non-golfers/members will not be permitted.

• Advocating players to walk and/or restricted riders to one per power cart.

• All clubhouse/food and beverage to continue with their permitted take-out service, and to then follow in accordance with the business practices of reopening of restaurants as defined by the state.

• Retail stores/pro shops should not be open and in-person retail sales to reopen as defined by the state.

• Restriction of payment types to recommend online transactions to help eliminate handling of cash or credit.

• Increasing of tee time intervals/policy to help create appropriate social distancing between groups.

• Removal of flagsticks, or similarly effective methods with cup liners, to avoid additional touch points.

• Removal of bunker rakes and other on-course furniture like benches, ball washers, water coolers, etc.

• Installation of signage to encourage no group congregation, or limiting numbers and communications and directives for check-in policies from their cars.

• Personal push carts to be permitted only if brought by the golfer, club push carts are not allowed.

• All golfers must use their own golf clubs. Sharing golf clubs, or rental golf clubs is not allowed.

• Ensure restrooms are frequently cleaned and appropriately sanitized throughout the day.

• Posting signage to encourage compliance of CDC regulations such as no hand shaking, and frequent hand washing.

• Having staff always wear protective gloves and face masks.

• Monitoring parking lots by essential employees to ensure congregation and tailgating does not happen.

• Educating staff on CDC requirements and proper hygiene, and sanitation regulations.

• Golf bag must remain in the golfer’s possession at all times. After play, no staff member should handle bags. Recommend keeping clubs in car or at home. It should not be returned to the bag room.

• Staff levels appropriate to correspond with facility activity. (i.e. fewer staff when possible to limit possible exposure).

• Golf and grounds staffs should be provided areas where social distancing can be accomplished. 

According to a 2014 study, the economic impact of the 665 golf courses in the Commonwealth was $2.3 billion.

Also, the $2.3 billion Pennsylvania golf industry contributed to the total economic impact of $4.8 billion for Pennsylvania, including the indirect and induced economic impacts stimulated by golf sector activity.  This also includes a total employment impact of nearly 56,000 jobs with a total wage income of $1.4 billion.

Finally, what goes unnoticed is the charitable giving from the golf industry.  The aforementioned study estimates that $131.9 million was contributed in 2014 and was not included in the economic impact to PA, but certainly very important to our society. 

Please join me in cosponsoring this important initiative, which will promote healthy recreation in Pennsylvania during these unprecedented times.

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April 23, 2020

Maximizing Debt Forgiveness on PPP Loans - FAQ

Pennsylvania House to Consider Bill to Reopen Golf Courses

Governor Wolf's Phased Approach to Reopen PA


April 22, 2020


Governor Wolf to Offer Insight to Plans for Phased Reopening of State

April 21, 2020

Congressional leaders and the Administration have struck an agreement to replenish PPP funding. It's not approved yet but it's a promising step. READ MORE

Plan for Pennsylvania

Hello everyone … hope your week is off to a good start. Here’s your Tuesday update.
Our fourth national survey of golf facilities revealed that 49% of courses in the U.S. were open for play last week. This figure has risen slightly over the past weeks and we expect it to continue to do so as warmer weather creeps further north, Wisconsin allows walking-only play, some private clubs re-open to members in New York, and golf operations resume in a few California counties.
We conducted a cool analysis (no pun intended) of northern golf courses (above the 45th parallel) in order to estimate the potential impact of regularly scheduled seasonal openings. You’ll find our predictions on the webpage, but at this time we don’t expect to see the percentage of courses open for play to significantly increase until more states begin to ease restrictions or grant exceptions for golf. Once that gains some momentum then the tracking will become very dynamic and you’ll be able to see the numbers really begin to rise. Amen to that.
Here’s a quick rundown of other new information you’ll find this week on our COVID-19 impacts page: https://thengfq.com/covid-19

  • One seven-state region had the biggest jump in facility openings -- to 77% open overall.
  • Online searches for open golf courses have spiked again. See how much.
  • Find out which facility type (municipal, daily fee or private) had the most notable increase in openings.
  • Opposition among core golfers to government mandated closures is growing. See which demographic is changing their tune the most. 
  • Been practicing at home the last month? You’re not alone. Learn what core golfers have been doing.
  • Find out how significantly the COVID-19 crisis is increasing the “itch” to play golf.
  • Read about why playing golf during the pandemic is a matter of debate

There’s a wealth of other information available and our staff continues to work 5-to-9 (yes, 5-to-9) to deliver the latest findings, so I urge you to give it a look. And please be sure to share with others in the golf community.

Once again, all best wishes, and a sincere THANK YOU for supporting our staff with your memberships.

Joseph F Beditz, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Golf Foundation

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April 20, 2020

Last week, the Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf was formed to create a unified voice for the future of golf in Pennsylvania.  Supporting Pennsylvania golf organizations include; Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Club Managers Association, Golf Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Golf Association, Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association, Pennsylvania Golf Course Superintendents Association (all seven Pa. Chapters), Philadelphia & Vicinity Club Management Association & Philadelphia Club Foundation, Philadelphia PGA Section, Pittsburgh Chapter of the Club Management Association of America, Tri-State Section PGA, Western New York PGA Section, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.

This letter will be delivered to Gov. Wolf today and we will report back with any and all news.  

The Honorable Tom Wolf

Please feel free to share with your Senator/Representative with the follow links.


April 16, 2020

 Health Secretary Levine signed an order providing worker safety measures to combat COVID-19. Please read the full order here and take note of the following requirements:

  • Masks are mandatory for employees at work. (See resources section below for more information.)
  • Clear procedures to follow upon discovery of an exposure to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, including cleaning protocols and temperature taking.
  • Shields at registers or take other measures to ensure social distancing from customers at check-out.
  • Masks are mandatory for customers to enter premises

We Are Golf - 4/15 Update

NGCOA's lobby firm, Forbes Tate Partners, provided a helpful comparison between the 2008 Recession and the current Coronavirus

Comparison between the 2008 Recession and the current Coronavirus

 April 15, 2020

The Small Business Administration recently released information on the progress of the Paycheck Protection Program. The full report from the SBA is attached.  

Payroll Protection Program Report

April 14, 2020

Coronavirus Latest: Pennsylvania House Approves Bill To Reopen Businesses If They Follow CDC Guidelines On Social Distancing

April 13, 2020

Governors from NY, NJ, PA, DE, CT, and RI today announced that they are establishing a regional working group to coordinate a reopening effort. WATCH | READ MORE

 April 9, 2020


 Friends and colleagues,

I wanted to share our latest NGF research on the effects of the coronavirus on golf.

In this week’s update you’ll see that in addition to our tracking of golf courses open for play we’ve added results from a new Covid-19 focused study of core golfers. Some overall highlights:


  • As of the end of last week, 44% of the nation’s golf courses were still allowing play, down slightly from the previous week but within the margin of error of our poll of U.S. golf facilities. The vast majority of open courses are taking appropriate safety measures on behalf of their staff and golfers. We have found that courses that have suspended golf operations tend to be concentrated in urban areas – not unlike the virus itself. 



  • Looking at golf retail, all national stores remain closed to foot traffic while approximately 20% of independent and regional retailers (doors) are open, down from 35% last week. From an overall square footage perspective, only 4% of total off-course golf specialty space is now open to in-store traffic, down from 8% in the previous polling.
  • So far we're seeing clear indication that golf consumers -- although on average more financially secure than the broader U.S. population --  are neither insensitive nor immune to the current or potential financial impacts of the coronavirus, which has led some to postpone or even abandon planned purchases and other spending (golf or otherwise). 
  • But we're also seeing signs that latent demand for playing golf is building despite varying levels of financial or personal anxiety. We have included a “Golf Itch” meter as part of our update.

For more complete findings along with data visualizations, including a look at several individual state overviews, visit:                                                                                                                                                                                          www.thengfq.com/covid-19.
We’ll continue to monitor and report on these and other trends in the weeks ahead and we encourage you to share your ideas for additional research with us.
Once again, all best wishes, and a sincere THANK YOU to those of you who support us with your memberships, which makes our work on behalf of the game and business of golf possible. 
Joseph F Beditz, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Golf Foundation

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 April 8, 2020

Updated: 6:35 PM EDT Apr 7, 2020

WGAL Channel 8  Brian Roche

More than 42,000 Pennsylvania businesses applied for exemption from coronavirus shutdown order

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has released data on how many businesses statewide applied for an exemption to be considered life-sustaining and remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.The DCED said it received 42,380 requests before Friday's deadline. Pennsylvania has about one million businesses, so roughly 4% of them asked for exemptions, according to the DCED.As of Monday:7,050 exemptions have been approved13,736 exemptions have been denied11,783 applications were submitted for activities that didn't require an exemptionThe DCED said staff members are working to process the remaining applications.

HARRISBURG, Pa. —The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has released data on how many businesses statewide applied for an exemption to be considered life-sustaining and remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.

The DCED said it received 42,380 requests before Friday's deadline. Pennsylvania has about one million businesses, so roughly 4% of them asked for exemptions, according to the DCED.

As of Monday:

  • 7,050 exemptions have been approved
  • 13,736 exemptions have been denied
  • 11,783 applications were submitted for activities that didn't require an exemption

The DCED said staff members are working to process the remaining applications.


With Fishing Precendent Set, PA Golfers Can Now Legitimatey Ask: "What About Us?"

April 7, 2020

Golf In A Time of Coronavirus

April 6, 2020

The NGCOA understands these are troubling times for our industry, our country and the world. This crisis has closed many courses and changed normal operating procedures drastically for those still open for play. Some owners and operators are left only with the ability to protect and maintain their investment and are trying to prioritize their spring maintenance with a very limited crew. Many are looking to their peers for help in navigating these unprecedented times.

Members are heavily engaged in our Accelerate platform, a members-only online portal that allows members to connect with each other, ask questions and share best practices. As you can imagine, this portal has become a vital resource since this pandemic began; members are discussing state's executive orders, small business loans, modifying operations for safer play, and much more.

Because the NGCOA understands the importance of peer-to-peer networking -- especially in times of crisis -- we are offering this members-only community to ALL golf course owners and operators through May 31, 2020 at no cost. You will now have access to a forum that will strengthen your golf business and the industry as a whole.

Join Accelerate For Free

To join your peers in this online community, please complete this form. Our team will follow up with you via email to provide you with login information and instructions.

In addition to members-only networking, the Accelerate platform provides NGCOA staff an outlet to quickly communicate any of the latest news coming out of Washington, D.C. and beyond. We hope this additional resource will help you make the best decisions for your business, and provide some solace that you are not in this alone.


April 3, 2020

Links compiled by the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association

The IRS released FAQs on the Families First Tax Credit.

Governor Wolf Calls for Universal Masking

April 2, 2020

Paycheck Protect Program yesterday released initial guidance and applications will start being accepted on April 3. Download the application.


Interesting article submitted by PGO Member Mindy Hess  -  https://www.twincitiesgolf.com/openletter

April 1, 2020

Response that is being received today re: Closure Order Exemption Requests

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Subject: COVID-19 Closure Order Exemption Request

RE:  Application of **************** to Continue Business Operations at its Physical Locations: Clarification for Golf Courses

 Dear **********: 

By Executive Order dated March 19, 2020, and pursuant to powers granted to by law, the Governor and Secretary of Health ordered that no person or entity shall operate a place of business that is not a life-sustaining business, regardless of whether the business is open to members of the public.  These orders (the “COVID-19 Orders”) are necessary to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

You previously submitted a request for an exemption from the applicability of these orders.  You may have been granted an exemption, informed that no exemption was required, or denied an exemption.  Regardless, we are providing specific guidance with regard to your particular industry below. 

Golf courses are “amusement and recreation activities” and are CLOSED per the Industry Operation Guidance.  Nevertheless, certain activities at golf courses, such as landscape maintenance and other “services to buildings and dwellings,” may continue ONLY TO THE EXTENT that they are necessary to prevent deterioration of property condition. 

 For further information regarding what operations are or support a life-sustaining business sector, please see the Department of Community and Economic Development’s guidance available at https://dced.pa.gov/resources

 Your operations are subject to continuance of and compliance with the social distancing and other mitigation measures to protect employees and the public, including virtual and telework operations (e.g. work from home) as the primary option when available, which were submitted with your request and which have been established by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to-date and going forward. In-person work at a business site is only to be performed on the most limited basis possible to deliver the services or goods of your life-sustaining business.


 TOM WOLF                                                         RACHEL L. LEVINE, M.D.
Governor                                                             Secretary of Health


The NGF conducted a telephone poll of just over 1,000 golf courses nationwide to objectively assess the impact of the coronavirus on golf course operations.  Click to review their findings.  National Golf Foundation - COVID-19


5 Mental Health Benefits You Get From Golf


March 31, 2020


  Please see the attached article from the USGA Green Section Staff.   www.usga.org 

What Happens if You Don't Maintain a Golf Course?


March 30, 2020

Helpful Resources from the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association



March 27, 2020

  •  2nd Article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer today

            Pa. takes steps to close two remaining open golf courses.


  • Update from several PGO members:  The Pennsylvania State Police are currently visiting golf courses across the state to ensure that we are abiding by the current regulations.


  • Article from this morning's Philadelphia Inquirerer

             Businesses Tied To Gov Tom Wolf, Top PA Senator Close After Questions About How They Qualified as "Life Sustaining"


March 26, 2020

Check out this website for some helpful information. Commonwealth Foundation -  Resources for Pennsylvanians

 Top 10 Corona Virus FAQs for Pennsylvanians

March 25, 2020

We are receiving information that a few courses have received waivers from Department of Economic Development.  We are being encouraged by the Senator's office to continue to file and/or refile your waiver.



Attached is a letter to Governor Wolf from PA Senator Doug Mastriano.  Senator Mastriano reached out to us this morning to let us know that his office has been advocating on behalf of the PA Golf Course Owners/Operators to take a common sense approach to managing the virus crisis in our state.

He is asking us to share his letter, as well as the phone numbers and emails below with your Industry Members, Club Members, Patrons, Boards, etc.   He suggests that everyone call the Governor’s Hotline Number listed below.  There is always strength in numbers, please give Senator Mastriano support on behalf of the golf industry.

Senator Mastrino Letter to Governor Wolf

Phone Numbers and Updates from Senator Mastriano's Office


March 24, 2020

Please visit the NGCOA website for COVID-19 Resource Information  https://www.ngcoa.org/coronavirus


March 23, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today issued “Stay at Home” orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

This order takes effect at 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.

Stay At Home Order Guidance


The statement, “the more things change, the more they stay the same” DOES NOT apply to our current situation.  As you are aware, updates and changes are being made by the hour.  The latest information that we have received is as follows:

  • Golf Association of Philadelphia  - Joshua Arsenault, District Director for Pennsylvania Senator Maria Collett, has issued a statement indicating the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has now confirmed that landscaping is included under “Essential Services” as referenced in Governor Wolf’s Closure Order, and, therefore golf course superintendents in Pennsylvania may continue to maintain the grounds at this time.  Arsenault also noted in a subsequent statement that this situation is evolving rapidly and this confirmation from DCED may be subject to change in the future.

We emphasize that the confirmation from DCED applies to Pennsylvania golf courses only.  GAP will continue to monitor developments in New Jersey and Delaware.

  • The Philadelphia PGA Section has received updates from Pennsylvania and New Jersey state legislators and officials in regard to how golf facilities are affected by executive action from both states' governors in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania: Courses should remain closed for all play until further notice; enforcement begins on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m. Golf facilities may still continue to seek waivers from the state by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has confirmed that landscaping (e.g. facility / course maintenance) has been included under "essential services," meaning superintendents may continue maintaining the grounds at this time.

The above information from the DCED is subject to change as the situation evolves. If PGA Members or Associates have specific questions, contact the DCED directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-877-PA-Health and select option No. 1.

As a reminder, Governor Tom Wolf's prohibition does not apply to virtual or telework operations. Full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places may continue to operate for takeout only.

As you hear updates, please let us know so we can share with the association as expeditiously as possible.  Take Care and Stay Safe!


March 22, 2020

The Golf Associations of Pennsylvania have been working together throughout the weekend to finalize the attached letter to Governor Wolf. We encourage you to forward this letter to your State Senator, House Representative, patrons, members, and everyone with an interest in golf.  As you are aware, information and regulations are changing daily so you are still encourage to file a waiver with the governor’s office. 

Upon completion of your waiver, forward copies of those to your Senator and Representative as well!

The PGO Board has been communicating daily to assess this situation.  Our next phone conference is Monday, March 23rd, please feel free to email any questions or information to be added to their agenda.

Stay safe and please keep us informed of any updates that we can share.

Download Letter Here

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