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Planning Ahead

I've had several questions about when shotgun starts will be allowed. While it is still a question for your local health department, we hope to be hearing the Governor announce its use in the near future. Attached is an interesting article for your possible future business plans.  Golf Property Analysts Making The Best of Challenging Times Wri...
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Guidelines for Golfers

As a golf course operator, you have a lot of rules and guidelines to follow, but what about the golfer. Attached is a list of guidelines that your golfers need to follow to not only keep themselves safe, but to protect their fellow players and the golf course staff. I suggest that you download this attachment and print several copies to be posted i...
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BAR/RESTAURANT SAFETY CHECKS

Below is information from Governor DeWine's Monday press conference. The State is very serious about enforcing the Social Distancing rules. The golf business is tough enough, so don't add unnecessary problems, follow the rules and if in doubt, contact your local health department for assistance. Don't take chances.BAR/RESTAURANT SAFETY CHECKS: Gove...
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Golf Is Open in All 50 States, But It’s Not Business as Usual

by National Golf FoundationMay 2020 ShareGolf courses are allowed to be open in all 50 states, but that doesn't mean it's back to "business as usual."Operational rules and safety protocols vary from state to state and, in some instances, from county to county.In Illinois, New Jersey and Washington, only groups of two are permitted to play at a give...
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Getting More Normal

Ohio continues the slow path to a "normal" footing. Attached is the latest recommendation from the Governor's office regarding golf. May 26 will be the effective date for these guidelines.Remember, these are guidelines and your local health department could have other ideas, so you need to continue to work with them.And remember that Social Distanc...
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Single Rider Carts, How Long?

The quick answer is I don't know. I am hearing about various county health departments doing their own thing on the issue. Some are saying only one person per cart, period. Others are saying the use of plexi-glass dividers is permitted, and several local health departments are allowing two per cart, not related.I have approached the State about a u...
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Life & Then Golf – What’s After

Something I've always noticed about the golf world is the often inflated level of importance we place on our beloved pastime. While nobody (I hope) would argue that times like these call for altered priorities and perspective, it's certainly legitimate to wonder what's ahead, both in life and golf.Pilots are taught to "stay ahead of the airplane" a...
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RESTAURANTS/BARS CAN OPEN

 Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen as follows:Outdoor dining: May 15Dine-in service: May 21To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Restaurant Advisory Groupcreated a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for restaurant and bar owners to follow. The full list o...
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Your Actions Spotlight the Entire Industry

Having almost 80% of courses open for play is not the same as a "green light" for golf. It's much more of a "yellow light." There are still serious restrictions -- for operators and golfers alike – including many state mandates prohibiting pro shops from opening, banning the use of golf cars, or restricting F&B operations. In a state like New J...
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Slow Steps

Last Monday, Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor and Dr. Acton announced Ohio's plan to responsibly restart Ohio's economy. The guiding principles of the Responsible RestartOhio plan are protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families, supporting community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, and responsibly getting Ohio back to w...
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If You Have An Issue

 The Buckeye Golf Association has been working with the State government offices on your behalf with the Liquor Control Department. Golf courses with liquor licenses designating the entire course as their "premises "to allow the sale and consumption of beverages under the normal rules with one exception (the beverage and any food must be consu...
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Buckeye Golf Association - The voice of Ohio’s golf course operators for more than 40 years.

Operations Under Covid-19 RestrictionsAlcohol Sales to GolfersThe Buckeye Golf Association has been working tirelessly on your behalf to correct the confusion and seek relief on the sale of alcohol for on course consumption due to the prohibition of on premise sales which was implemented by the State of Ohio in response to the Covid-19 virus.Most c...
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CUSTOMER FACE COVERINGS IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS

 Governor DeWine announced today that the state of Ohio will not require that customers entering retail establishments wear face coverings. Wearing face coverings in public is still, however, strongly recommended."As Governor, it is my responsibility to make the tough decisions, but it is also my responsibility to listen and be respectful of t...
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Governor’s Plan to Reopen Ohio

Below is a recap of the announcement from Governor DeWine yesterday. Your clubhouse can reopen on May 12 with certain safety guidelines (face coverings, etc.} Food and beverage will still be "carryout only". In all cases, Social Distancing" will be required. The following is the recap of yesterday's announcement:Beginning on May 12, 2020, consumer,...
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Moving Forward

Below is an excellent outlook on the future possibilities for the golf industry. Now is not the time to sit back and do business as usual. Step forward and be a leader in your industry and in your community. Be safe and prosperous."As we see this continued progress, it's a good time to remind ourselves and golfers not only about our opportunity, bu...
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BWC DIVIDEND CHECKS

Less than two weeks ago, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation board of directors approved to send up to $1.6 billion in dividends to Ohio employers. Today, Governor DeWine announced that a total of more than 170,000 checks will be mailed over the next five days. This dividend is intended to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio's business communi...
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League Question Recap

Last week we asked the question about how you were planning to handle league play with the ongoing Social Distancing. Here is a brief recap of the response: Scheduling some leagues on a given evening Spacing out tee times more Not booking "open" tee times between leagues Asking leagues to assign their members tee times Suggesting they take a pictur...
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This is What You Will See For Some Time

May 1 will not be a magical date with everything back to normal. We are not even sure what "normal is now. Much of what you are currently doing to comply with Social Distancing will continue. You will need to work with your local health department on any changes.We are getting some excellent feedback about ideas for league play, but we need to hear...
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Business As Usual?

 Yesterday Governor DeWine announced that Ohio would be starting the opening of the economy in phases. While this is good news, we must be prepare to adjust to the various restrictions and guidelines from the Governor and the Health Department.One important question I've been asked from courses is about handling leagues. Very shortly league pl...
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Is your course family friendly?

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In these times it is difficult to find something to smile about, try this.

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Moving Together

 As we continue to move closer to the end of the COVID-19 lockdown, we need to look forward to what our businesses and the world will look like after the Stay in Place Orders are done. I don't know what to expect, but I'm sure that we will be operating differently.The one phrase that we keep hearing is "We are all in this together". Well, this...
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NGF Report on the Current State of the Industry

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 ...
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PROPOSED $1.6 BILLION DIVIDEND

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that he has asked the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to give up to $1.6 billion to Ohio employers to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19 on Ohio's economy and business community. The proposed amount equals 100% of the premium employers paid in policy year 2018. As in previous years, the dividend...
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LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION VOTE

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including high-proof liquor in limited quantity, for off-premises consumption.Breweries can also now sell beer and wine that are not their own without food purchase, but food purchase is require...
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Each Day We Move Closer To The End Of This

Last week was a busy week for the Governor who took the following actions to protect Ohio residents from the COVID-19 virus:On Monday, Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health has extended the order to keep schools closed through May 1.Last Thursday, the Governor announced that Ohio's Stay at Home order has been extended until m...
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SAFTEY FIRST – BUSINESS SECOND

The Director of the Ohio Department of Health predicts that over 40% of the Ohio population will catch the virus. So, it is extremely important that you protect yourself, employees and customers. Golf courses that I've talked to are saying that the local health departments are requiring: Social distancing requirements for everyone on the course, pa...
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PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

If you are a Small Business (under 500 employees), the Paycheck Protection Program provides your business with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Also available are funds to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, int...
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