Governor Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order through the month May but gave Illinois golf courses permission to open on May 1st.

Golf courses can now be moved from 'non-essential' businesses to open recreational areas, like state parks, and begin opening for business.

Golfers will need to adhere to the safety guidelines written by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Those have not yet been released. Speaking to, Robert Markionni, executive director of Chicago District Golf Association, believes some of those guidelines will include:

  • No touching of the flag sticks
  • Removal of rakes
  • Limiting the number of people per hour that can play
  • Restrictions at clubhouses, pro shops and restaurants on site
  • Restricting golfers to playing in pairs or as singles, with foursomes not being allowed

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