GAM News
GAM Statement on COVID-19
March 24, 2020
 

The GAM is operating. Our staff is committed to serving the needs of members and member clubs during this time. We are providing assistance while working remotely. Please reach out to us using our online directory.

Update - May 22, 2020 - 6:10pm - 

We are pleased to announce that based on recent Government Orders and Recommendations the GAM Officer Team has approved GAM Tournament and GAM Golf Day operations beginning on May 29th.

Our schedule has seen major changes, so please check our Tournament Schedule Update.

Given the current situation, the GAM has made numerous changes to its tournament policies to ensure the safety of our players, volunteers, staff, caddies, and spectators. More information will be provided to registered players, and policies will be updated as the situation develops, but this is an overview of adjustments being put in place:

Withdraw Policy

  • If you are feeling sick, or know you have been exposed to the virus, you MUST stay home. This applies to players, caddies, spectators, GAM Staff, and volunteers.
  • As we have mentioned before, the GAM Withdrawal Policy has been changed to allow players to enter tournaments with complete flexibility to WD before a tournament and receive a full refund. Players registered for a tournament that has been postponed or canceled are eligible for a 100% refund as well.

Social Distancing

  • All players, spectators, staff, and volunteers must adhere to strict social-distancing guidelines. The safety of everyone involved in a tournament is our top priority.
  • Players must not be in or around the clubhouse, or on any on-site practice facility more than 40 minutes before their tee time. We recommend players wait in their vehicle until that time.
  • Social-distancing guidelines must be followed in the practice areas. No caddies, spectators, or coaches will be allowed on the driving range, practice putting green, or on any other practice area.
  • Instead of shotguns or double-tee starts, we will use single-tee starts to limit the potential for crowding before, during, and after a round.
  • If it is a walking tournament and caddies are permitted, they must follow all social-distancing guidelines in relation to other players and caddies.
  • If possible, players should leave the course once the scoring process is complete. If you think you might be in a playoff, we ask that you wait in your vehicle. We will text players for a playoff.

Host Facility Policies

  • All additional safety rules and regulations put in place by the host facility must be followed without exception. This may include wearing a mask, gloves, or other protective equipment when entering the clubhouse.

 Player Documents

  • The documents typically distributed to players at a starting hole will now be e-mailed to players prior to the competition. Players are encouraged to print these documents at home or view them on their phones. These documents include:
    • Notice/Hole Location Sheet
    • GAM Conditions of Competition
    • GAM Pace of Play

Carts

  • For the time being, our default protocol in riding tournaments will be for all players to use single carts. There are possible deviations from this:
    • In certain tournaments, players may be given the option to walk or a certain division may be walking only.
    • In the event two players reside in the same home, we may allow them to ride in a cart together.

Scoring

  • Official scorekeeping will now be done via smartphone through the Golf Genius app. This is a free app and all players should download it. Players will also be e-mailed a blank scorecard to use as a “marker strip” but the official score is being kept on phones.
  • Each player will still be assigned to serve as marker for one of his playing partners. More guidance on mobile score entry will be provided later.
  • Post-round, GAM Staff will be stationed at a laptop linked to a nearby TV screen showing Golf Genius hole-by-hole score entry. Players will view the hole-by-hole scores and confirm their accuracy verbally.
  • No physical scoreboard will be displayed. All players will be sent a link to view the leaderboard on their phone.

Delays and Evacuations

  • In the case of dangerous weather, the GAM will be quicker than usual in asking players to evacuate the course. Once off the course, we ask that players wait in their vehicle.
  • If a player does not have a vehicle, we ask that the player let the GAM know beforehand so we can assign that player a spot. Once clear, we will text all players the procedure for resumption of play.
  • Practice before resumption will not be permitted.

Flagsticks and Rakes

  • We will always encourage players to leave the flagstick in the hole.
  • If players would like to putt with the flagstick out, then we will ask that each group have one designated person remove and replace the flagstick in all situations.
  • We will accept any course’s decision to remove rakes from bunkers, or a player’s decision not to use a rake.
  • In bunkers, disturbed areas (footprints, divots, etc.) will be considered ground under repair for LIE OF BALL ONLY.

Participant Waiver Form

  • All participants must fill out this waiver prior to competing in GAM events in 2020. 

These protocols are subject to change. Other tournament facets that will likely see changes are food service, trophies, award presentations, and officiating.


Update - May 22, 2020 - 

Executive Orders 2020-96 and 2020-97

Yesterday Governor Whitmer announced that retailers and auto dealerships can open by appointment beginning Tuesday, May 26.  

  • Currently, golf shops can be open for curbside retail. Beginning May 26, retail shops can open for appointment with maximum capacity of 10 people or less as stated in 2020-96, Section 11(q). While the order does not define "by appointment", it also does not prohibit a "walk up" appointment. All places of public accommodation under 2020-69 are still closed. Golf shops choosing to open for retail sales should review 2020-97,Section 6.
  • Effective immediately, social gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed with social distancing guidelines in place according to 2020-96, Section 8. The revised order does not reopen restaurants and bars in regions 1-5 and 7. See Executive Order 2020-69.

Update - May 21, 2020 - 

The Michigan Golf Alliance confirmed with the Office of the Governor that Executive Orders 2020-91 and 2020-92 apply to golf operations in Regions 6 and 8 as follows:

Restaurant and grill rooms are allowed to be open at golf courses up to a max of 50% capacity as stated in 2020-91, Section 8.

  • Food and beverage, including alcohol, can also be sold for consumption on the golf course.
  • Golf shops can be open for retail as long as they monitor and limit capacity as stated in 2020-91, Section 6.
  • Two riders are allowed in a golf cart. 

The partial reopening will take effect on Friday, May 22, at 12:01 AM. Cities, villages, and townships may choose to take a more cautious course if they wish: the order gives them the authority to limit the operation of restaurants or bars within their jurisdiction, including restricting such establishments to outdoor seating.

Please read through 2020-91 and 2020-92 for a full list of requirements and have a response and preparedness plan in place.

Region 6 Counties:  Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Wexford.

Region 8: Entire Upper Peninsula


Update - May 13, 2020 

Dear Michigan golf facilities –

Associations in the Michigan Golf Alliance have received specific questions from members about Executive Order 2020-77 asking what the language means for golf operations and where to find best practices and guidelines. We wish to provide the latest FAQ, operational resources and answers to commonly asked questions.

The following FAQ for Executive Order 2020-77 was recently updated at Michigan.gov:

 

Q: Are golf courses allowed to be open?

A: Yes, subject to specific conditions as required by this order and Executive Order 2020-69, governing places of public accommodation. Tee times must be scheduled and payments must be made, online or by phone. Tee times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes from clustering or gathering at any stage of the course, and players must remain six feet from one another at all times. Workers at golf courses who perform work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors, including groundskeepers and workers who prepare and provide golf carts and other equipment for safe and sanitary use, are permitted for in-person work as needed. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed, and food and beverage may be sold for takeout. Nothing in the order prohibits a golf course from arranging for an accommodation for a golfer with a disability who requires one under state or federal law; confirmation of and arrangements for any such necessary accommodation must be carried out with the course in advance, online or by phone. Under the order, all work must be carried out remotely to the greatest extent possible, and any in-person work that is permitted must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures and heightened social-distancing rules required under section 11(i).

 

Golf and Executive Order 2020-77

Golf is currently included in a group of outdoor businesses that are allowed to operate while following safety precautions outlined in section 11 (a-i) of Executive Order 2020-77. Facilities that choose to open must create a preparedness plan and response plan along with operational procedures to protect their employees and customers. The elimination of gatherings, steps to encourage proper social distancing, and sanitization of equipment, facilities, and touch points should also be outlined in the procedures.

Planning resources

National resources have been created to help golf facilities develop their individual plans and procedures. Back2Golf was recently released by the national allied associations that make up WE ARE GOLF, and NGCOA also offers guidelines in their NGCOA Park and Play Program. Both programs align with OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.

 Although these documents were developed with a broad national focus, they offer additional guidance that may help with planning by individual facilities. Each state is approaching re-opening differently, and the guidelines in these programs are meant to provide suggestion on how to operate under executive orders that are currently in place. The Michigan Golf Alliance encourages facilities to seek their own legal advice on their preparedness plan and the implications of executive orders.

Back2Golf has created posters for display at facilities:

Click here to download 8.5 x 11 horizontal posters.

Click here to download 8.5 x 11 vertical posters.

Click here to download 8.5 x 14 horizontal posters.

Click here to download 8.5 x 14 vertical posters.

Suggestions for commonly asked questions from golf facilities

Golf carts - what is allowed? 

The most recent FAQ specifically approves work by employees who prepare and provide golf carts. Phase 1 in Back2Golf recommends single rider carts, two riders if from the same household, and two riders if a plexiglass shield or plastic clear barrier cart dividers are in place and each rider wears a face covering while in the cart. The driver must remain the driver, and the passenger remains the passenger.

This recommendation was approved by Dr. Brad Conner, Cornell University and New York City Site Director for the GeoSentinal Infectious Disease Network for the CDC.

Can practice ranges open?

The MGA understands that practice ranges are allowed to be operated by staff working primarily outdoors as long as the golf facility preparedness plan ensures proper social distancing, restricts gatherings, and implements proper safety and sanitization procedures for range balls, buckets, payment touch points, etc. 

 Can golf facilities sell alcohol to golfers for consumption on the golf course?

Food and beverage services excluding alcohol may be provided to golfers for takeout or consumption on the course. Please visit this link to a Q&A posted on the Liquor Control Commission website. The Michigan Golf Alliance continues to provide feedback on this this impacts the golf industry specifically.

 Can golf shops open for retail sales?

Golf shops may provide curbside pickup for retail following social distancing procedures in EO 2020-77.


Update - May 8, 2020

The Michigan Golf Alliance has confirmed with the Office of the Governor that Executive Order 2020-77 applies to golf operations in ways including but not limited to the following:

  • Golf carts are permitted with social distancing.
  • Work primarily performed outdoors by individuals such as starters, caddies and golf cart staff is permitted.
  • Golf shops may be open for curbside pickup.
  • Food and beverage services may be provided to golfers excluding alcohol (LARA link).
  • Food and beverage may not be served for dine-in.

Section 10.e of Executive Order 2020-77 states:

10. For purposes of this order, workers who perform resumed activities are defined as follows:

e)    Subject to the enhanced social-distancing rules described in section 11(i) of this order, workers who perform work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors, including but not limited to forestry workers, outdoor power equipment technicians, parking enforcement workers, and outdoor workers at places of outdoor recreation not otherwise closed under Executive Order 2020-69 or any order that may follow from it.

Section 11 of the Executive Order requires specific social distancing and mitigation measures:

11. Businesses, operations, and government agencies that remain open for in-person work must, at a minimum:

  1. Develop a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations in Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and available here. Such plan must be available at company headquarters or the worksite.
  2. Restrict the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the in-person work permitted under this order.
  3. Promote remote work to the fullest extent possible.
  4. Keep workers and patrons who are on premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible.
  5. Require masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace, and consider face shields when workers cannot consistently maintain three feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace.
  6. Increase standards of facility cleaning and disinfection to limit worker and patron exposure to COVID-19, as well as adopting protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
  7. Adopt policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
  8. Adopt any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC.
  9. Businesses or operations whose in-person work is permitted under sections 10(c) through 10(e) of this order must also:
  1. Prohibit gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  2. Limit in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and bar any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
  3. Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
  4. Adopt protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfection of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.

The Alliance continues to recommend golf facilities reach out to their own legal counsel and local authorities for clarification and questions.


Update  - April 27, 2020

A new section regarding golf has been added to Executive Order 2020-59 FAQs:

Q: Are golf courses allowed to be open?

A: Yes, subject to strict conditions as required by this order and Executive Order 2020-43, governing places of public accommodation. Tee times must be scheduled and payments must be made in advance, online or by phone. Tee times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes from clustering or gathering at any stage of the course, and players must remain six feet from one another at all times. Maintenance workers and groundskeepers can come to work to maintain the safety and sanitation of the course, but neither the course nor its workers may provide goods, supplies, equipment, or services to golfers on premises. Accordingly, caddies, starters, and golf carts may not be provided, and clubhouses, pro shops, driving ranges, and miniature golf courses must remain closed. The order, however, does not prohibit a golf course from arranging for an accommodation for a golfer with a disability who requires one under state or federal law; confirmation of and arrangements for any such necessary accommodation must be carried out with the course in advance, online or by phone. Food and beverage may be sold for takeout, but may not otherwise be served to golfers. Under the order, all work must be carried out remotely to the greatest extent possible, and any in-person work that is permitted must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 11 of the order—including the heightened social-distancing rules required under section 11(h).


Update - April 24, 2020 - 

Governor’s Executive Order Opens Golf With Guidelines

  FARMINGTON HILLS – Governor Gretchen Whitmer introduced today Executive Order 2020-59 which extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” and includes golf in this exception:

  7a. Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary: (1) To engage in outdoor recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household. Outdoor recreational activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, boating, golfing, or other similar activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility.

 As communicated to the Michigan Golf Alliance, which includes the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) by the Governor’s office, golfers must adhere to the guidelines in place:

• All individuals who leave their home or place of residence must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

• Golf carts are not allowed until further notice.

  The Alliance urges golfers to check with their local courses for updates.

  The Michigan Golf Alliance supports the efforts of our state leaders to protect the public health of Michiganders during the COVID-19 crisis and to guide the community back in recovery.

  The GAM has made several schedule adjustments to tournaments, qualifiers and GAM Golf Days that were planned for early in the season, and changes will be ongoing and updated on a regular basis at GAM.org: https://gam.org/?News&newsID=1313

  Score posting season has started for golf courses in the state of Michigan. If the course being played has hole liners that have been raised to prevent the ball from being holed out, golfers still must post the score using the most likely score guidelines laid out in the Rules of Handicapping.

  For a full explanation click HERE. For more information on how to post scores view the GAM’s Score Posting Guide.


Update - April 15, 2020

Statement from the Michigan Golf Alliance - 

The Michigan Golf Alliance is aware of various media reports in the past two days about the status of golf courses in relation to the Governor’s Executive Order. We understand the frustration many facilities and golfers feel.  

Our group has been in contact with a spokesperson from the Attorney General’s office and we were referred to the exact language of Executive Order 2020-42 and the FAQs.

The Alliance has regularly referred courses to their own legal counsel and local authorities for interpretation.

In response to the Michigan Golf Alliance letter to the Governor, Attorney General and state legislators on April 7th, we were contacted  by the Office of Senator Ken Horn. Senator Horn has been selected to chair the Senate workgroup that will offer recommendations for transitioning businesses back into the workplace, and we look forward to continuing to be a resource on behalf of the golf industry.  


 

Update - April 13, 2020

Posted to the 2020-42 Executive Order Q&A

Q: Are golf courses allowed to stay open?

A: No. While EO 2020-42 contemplates outdoor activity, opening a golf course to the public does not fall under the designation of critical infrastructure. Consequently, a golf course may not designate employees as critical infrastructure workers and authorize them come to work for that purpose. Golf courses may designate workers whose in-person presence is strictly necessary to conduct minimum basic operations, such as ensuring security. Minimum basic operations do not include serving the public. Under the order, all work must be carried out remotely to the greatest extent possible, and any in-person work that is permitted must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 10 of the order.

 Update - April 7, 2020

The Michigan Golf Alliance sent this letter today to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Dana Nessel and all state legislators. Golf aspires to take a helpful role in the state's recovery providing meaningful benefits to those who play and serve.

Dear Governor Whitmer –

The Michigan Golf Alliance supports your “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and leadership for all Michiganders during this time. We recognize that public health is the principal objective for the entire community and that balancing this effort with other economic and social factors is very difficult.

Michigan is a leading state in the golf industry with the fourth-most courses in the country, a passionate community of players, and leading research in turfgrass science. The game of golf itself makes a positive social and environmental impact. It adds value across the land it manages while benefitting the people and communities it touches. Health, wellness and mental wellbeing are intrinsically promoted through our game.

We have heard from many golfers about their desire to play for recreation, exercise and relief. The expanse of natural greenspace at golf courses provides the ability for players to socially distance. Best practices are being adopted throughout the golf industry to encourage healthy participation, minimizing or eliminating touch points and risk. Across the country, courses open to the public as well as private membership clubs are addressing safer operations as developed by several national golf associations.

As our state’s health environment evolves and the important response adapts, please consider the game of golf and best practices for safe play as a possible outlet for exercise, recreation and mental respite as soon as appropriate.

Golf aspires to take a helpful role in our state’s recovery from this pandemic, providing meaningful benefits to those who play and serve.

Again, we recognize and applaud your leadership for all Michigan citizens, and we hope the Michigan Golf Alliance can be a positive resource. We welcome the opportunity to answer questions and provide information if needed.

Sincerely,

Chris Angott
President
GAM

Chris Whitten
Executive Director
GAM
cwhitten@gam.org

Rob Steger
President
MiGCSA

Adam Ikamas
Executive Director
MiGCSA
adamikamas@migcsa.org

Gilda Johnson
President
MGCA

Jada Paisley
Executive Director
MGCA
jpaisley@michigangca.org

Bob Bales
President
Michigan PGA

Kevin Helm
Executive Director
Michigan PGA
khelm@michiganpga.com

Derek Jacques
President
Greater Michigan Chapter, CMAA
djacques@detroitgolfclub.org

Tammy Carter
Managing Director
Greater Michigan Chapter, CMAA
mdgmcma@gmail.com


View this letter in PDF Format

Golf Association of Michigan
(248) 478-9242 | www.GAM.org

Michigan Golf Course Superintendents’ Association
(616) 834-0450 | www.migcsa.org

Michigan PGA
(517) 641-7421 | www.MichiganPGAGolf.com

Michigan Golf Course Association
(517) 482-4312 | www.michigangca.org

Greater Michigan Chapter, Club Managers Association of America
(248) 973-7943| www.gmcma.cc

Update - March 27, 2020 - 6:45 a.m.

Posted to the 2020-21 Executive Order Q&A.

Q: Are golf courses allowed to stay open?

A: No. While EO 2020-21 contemplates outdoor activity, opening a golf course to the public does not fall under the designation of critical infrastructure. Consequently, a golf course may not designate employees as critical infrastructure employees and authorize them to come to work. 

 


Update - March 26, 2020 - 10:20 a.m.

Posted this morning to the 2020-21 Executive Order Q&A.

Q: Are golf course employees considered critical infrastructure workers for the purposes of Executive Order 2020-21?

A: No, golf course employees are not considered critical infrastructure workers. As needed, however, golf courses may designate workers to leave their home for work if their in-person presence is strictly necessary to conduct the minimum basic operations listed in section 4(b) of the order. Minimum basic operations do not include serving members of the public.

For specific questions regarding play, please contact your local law enforcement and liquor control commission for clarity as it applies to your specific operation until the Michigan Golf Alliance receives further clarification from the Office of the Governor.

Update - March 24, 2020 - 11:30 a.m.

Michigan Golf Alliance awaiting clarification from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s legal team.

The Michigan Golf Alliance has been in direct contact over the last 24 hours with the Governor’s Press Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff to gain clarification on golf courses being open for play and the important maintenance needed in the spring. They have indicated that the Governor’s legal team is issuing clarifications for many industries during this public health crisis and golf will be addressed, but they are unable to provide a time frame for that clarification.

The Deputy Chief of Staff recommends that while awaiting clarification Michigan businesses seek the counsel of their personal legal representation, to interpret Executive Order 2020-21 as it relates to their business.

As soon as we get direct information from the Governor's office on this we will share across all Golf Alliance platforms immediately. This is the top priority for every member of the MGA and we are doing all we can to get answers as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.

Update - March 23, 2020 - 1:15 p.m.

The Michigan Golf Alliance is working to gain clarity from the Governor's office regarding play on courses and maintenance of courses as covered by Executive Order 2020-21 which is found here.

We will update members across Alliance platforms as details become clear.

The Michigan Golf Alliance is made up of the Michigan Golf Course Association, GAM, Michigan PGA, Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Michigan Golf Course Superintendents’ Association, and the Greater Michigan Chapter, CMAA.

Update - March 20, 2020 - 6:05 p.m.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) released some guidance as it relates to the Rules of Golf and Rules of Handicapping given some of the precautions courses are taking in response to COVID-19. 

General Update

Guidelines

Update - March 17, 2020 - 5:05 p.m.

The Michigan Golf Alliance has received confirmation from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office that golf courses can remain open for the sole purpose of golf, but that indoor restaurant/bar facilities must close for the designated period through March 30.

A frequently asked question form released this afternoon by the Governor’s Office said: “Golf courses are allowed to stay open for play. Indoor facilities like clubhouses or restaurants must close for on-premises consumption but may continue to offer food and beverage through walk-up service and other means expressly permitted by the Executive Order.”

The golf associations that make up the Alliance asked for confirmation regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order 2020-09 from Monday. Initially it appeared to legal counsel that the order’s guidelines indicated all areas of golf clubs and courses were to be closed.

The Alliance members will continue to pass along information as it becomes available during this ever-changing health crisis. The FAQ form referenced can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-521884--,00.html

The Governor’s executive order from 3/16 can be found  here: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-521789--,00.html.

The Michigan Golf Alliance is made up of the Michigan Golf Course Association, GAM, Michigan PGA, Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Michigan Golf Course Superintendents’ Association, and the Greater Michigan Chapter, CMAA.

UPDATE - March 17, 2020

Michigan Golf Alliance members are working to receive clarity to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order 2020-09 from Monday, with respect to the legality of golf courses continuing to be open.

The source from Governor Whitmer’s office cited in a Detroit News article on Monday indicates that golf courses may remain open for the sole purpose of golf. The indoor restaurant / bar facilities must close for the designated period through March 30 according to the guidelines of the executive order 2020-09.

The Michigan Golf Alliance has reached out to the Governor’s office and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for a direct statement clarifying or confirming the above.

Once that statement is received, an official press release will be issued by the Michigan Golf Alliance. We as the Michigan Golf Alliance are committed to keeping our members informed and will do so as information becomes available. As we all know, these are unprecedented times and as a golf community we will work together in this ever-changing global public health crisis. 

The Governor’s executive order from 3/16 can be found here.

The Michigan Golf Alliance is made up of the Michigan Golf Course Association, GAM, Michigan PGA, Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Michigan Golf Course Superintendents’ Association, and the Greater Michigan Chapter, CMAA.

UPDATE – March 16, 2020

Today Governor Whitmer placed temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation through an executive order which can be found here.

Golf courses and country clubs are referenced specifically.

Please direct questions to Chris Whitten, GAM Executive Director, at cwhitten@GAM.org.

UPDATE FROM 3/15/2020

The GAM continues to monitor updates and recommendations about Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of GAM staff, members, club administrators, volunteers and the overall community is our primary focus at this time. Due to the recommendations from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services the GAM has canceled in-person education seminars and meetings through March 31, rescheduling as webinars. 

As we near the active season, the GAM will make scheduling decisions for future meetings and events as appropriate. Updates will be emailed to participants and posted to GAM.org and social media accounts.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at (248) 478-9242 or cwhitten@gam.org.

We hope that everyone will follow the advice of the CDC and our local health authorities to lessen the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

For information on World Handicap System training and the club authorization program contact GAM Director of Handicapping Kyle Wolfe at kwolfe@GAM.org