Governor's Executive Order Opens Golf With Guidelines
By Brian Weis
FARMINGTON HILLS - Governor Gretchen Whitmer introduced today Executive Order 2020-59 which extends "Stay Home, Stay Safe" and includes golf in this exception:
7a. Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary: (1) To engage in outdoor recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual's household. Outdoor recreational activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, boating, golfing, or other similar activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility.
As communicated to the Michigan Golf Alliance, which includes the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) by the Governor's office, golfers must adhere to the guidelines in place:
* All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual's household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.
* Golf carts are not allowed until further notice.
The Alliance urges golfers to check with their local courses for updates.
The Michigan Golf Alliance supports the efforts of our state leaders to protect the public health of Michiganders during the COVID-19 crisis and to guide the community back in recovery.
The GAM has made several schedule adjustments to tournaments, qualifiers and GAM Golf Days that were planned for early in the season, and changes will be ongoing and updated on a regular basis at GAM.org: https://gam.org/?News&newsID=1313
Score posting season has started for golf courses in the state of Michigan. If the course being played has hole liners that have been raised to prevent the ball from being holed out, golfers still must post the score using the most likely score guidelines laid out in the Rules of Handicapping. For a full explanation click HERE. For more information on how to post scores view the GAM's Score Posting Guide.
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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