Updated New Mexico COVID-19 Golf Course Guidelines

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On Thursday, April 22, New Mexico Governor Grisham and the NM Department of Health updated the “Red-to-Green Framework,” and many counties’ color codes.  Please click the link to view your county’s color.
Additionally, they identified that some golf’s restrictions in the state were put in place at the beginning of the pandemic and had not been addressed since.  As a result, some of the restrictions have been removed.  Highlights include:

  • Allowing beverage cart service (except in “Red” counties).
  • Remove 15-minute tee time interval requirement (but maintain requirement for reservation-only tee times).
  • Allow use of sand rakes and removal of flagstick.
  • Allow non-household members to ride in same cart.

Since the updated “All Together, New Mexico” document’s provisions for golf is much shorter now, here are the complete details.  We, of course, encourage you to visit the state’s COVID Safe Practices site for additional information.
COVID SAFE PRACTICES FOR NEW MEXICO GOLF COURSES(p. 39)

  • Adhere to COVID-Safe Practices for All Employers (p. 9).
  • Adhere to COVID-Safe Practices for Retail Establishments (p. 12).
  • Require patrons to wear face coverings as a condition of entry and patronage.
  • Tee times must be pre-scheduled; golfers without a reservation prior to arrival are not permitted.
  • For all food and beverage service, adhere to COVID-Safe Practices for Restaurants (p. 13) and requirements for restaurant capacity, screening, and seating per the Public Health Order.
  • Configure practice facilities such that there is at least six feet of spacing between golfers.
  • Maintain a schedule of stringent daily cleaning and sanitizing, specifically carts and other high-touch places.
  • Special events must adhere to COVID-Safe Practices for Entertainment Venues (p. 71).
  • Pro shops and other retail sites must adhere to COVID-Safe Practices for Retail Establishments and limitations on capacity per the State’s Public Health Order.
  • Utilize signage to communicate occupancy limits and safety restrictions that affect normal play.
  • If operating in a “Red” county according to the state’s Red to Green framework, the following additional restrictions apply:
    • Parties not booked together may not play together (e.g., a twosome may not play with another twosome that was booked under a separate reservation)
    • No more than one party in pro shop at a time
    • Discontinue beverage cart service

The Section sincerely thanks the Governor’s office for giving golf some attention.  We also commend the work of the Section’s Lobbyist Dave Kimble and Honorary Past President Jason White, PGA, for their tireless efforts to advocate on behalf of the region’s golf courses and their customers.
For those SCPGA Professionals in El Paso County, Texas, please visit epcounty.comepstrong.orgtexas.gov/covid19 and open.texas.gov for information.

Everyone, please remain vigilant in maintaining your personal safety as well as that of your employees and customers.  Please stay the course.  As information develops, we will inform the Section membership.  As always, please contact us at the Section Office if you have any questions.