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Nevada Governor Allows Outside Golf Activity To Remain Open

Rhodes Ranch

Nevada Golf Courses can remain open if they close their clubhouses and preventative measures are implemented.

On March 17th, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the closure of “non-essential” business activities for at least 30-days while officials considered the extend of the coronavirus outbreak. Nonetheless, more than 20 area golf courses, both public and private, remained open after his announcement.

After Sisolak’s Tuesday speech, state officials had not listed golf courses as being essential or non-essential.

On March 20th, the Governor’s office announced that outside golf activities may continue. However,  inside activities such as “restaurants and clubhouses”, must close.

Preventative measures to ensure the health of golfers have been implemented at the courses that remained open, including:

  • Social distancing guidelines
  • Limiting one golfer per cart
  • Suggesting golfers don’t gather together on tee boxes and putting greens
  • Instructing golfers to leave the flag in and minimize touching of public items
  • The removal of sand trap rakes and practice green flags
  • Wiping down carts and rental clubs after each use
  • Ongoing sanitizing of all areas throughout the facility
  • And, among other measures, moving the golf cup above the ground so the ball doesn’t drop into the cup.

Governors in Michigan and Washington — where similar business shutdowns are underway — also have allowed courses to remain open while courses must close in Minnesota.

According to golf course executives at Las Vegas National, Siena and Arroyo, there has been strong demand and the courses have been filled. Other Southern Nevada golf courses that remain open are; Las Vegas National, Bear’s Best, Revere, Siena, Arroyo, Anthem Country Club, Southern Highlands, Primm Valley, Legacy, Rhodes Ranch, Spanish Trail, Canyon Gate, Mountain Falls and Aliante.

In Mesquite, the Oasis (Palmer and Canyon’s), Falcon Ridge and Conestoga remain open. Wolf Creek is closed as the owners consider the possible impact of the virus on its customers.

Arizona golf courses, for the most part, remain open for business including the Palms located on the Nevada-Arizona border.

Some golf courses in Utah have closed, but the majority remain open

Representatives from courses that are closed said they are re-evaluating the situation to determine whether they would reopen.

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Michael McGreer Mesquite, Nevada
Dr. Michael Manford McGreer is managing editor of and writes on issues that impact public policy.

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