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Operations Under Covid-19 Restrictions

Alcohol Sales to Golfers

The 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 courses in Ohio have their entire facility designated as their "premises" in order to allow the sale and consumption of beverages under the normal rules. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 rules created a situation where courses were unable to legally sell alcoholic beverages to players for consumption on the golf course (and often causing a second liquor violation where players would illegally bring personal alcohol onto permit premises).

In recent days, your association office has fielded numerous calls related to this issue – especially concerning uneven enforcement and significant fines being levied against courses. The Buckeye Golf Association reached out on behalf of Ohio golf course operators and would like to thank Senator Manning and Representative Romanchuk for their assistance in communicating with Governor Dewine.

We are pleased to announce that Governor DeWine is in agreement that alcohol can sold for consumption on the golf course though it must be out on the course and not in the clubhouse.

This association was initially formed to fight the state on taxing green fees. Today, as much as ever, Ohio golf facilities need a strong association to make their voices heard. Working together, we can achieve much for the golf industry. To all our active members, we extend sincere thanks on behalf of the industry. For everyone else, we encourage to join today. It will make a difference for each of us.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020