Northern California Counties Slow to Reopen Golf Courses

Although many Sacramento County courses have been open throughout the Coronavirus crisis and Napa County officials allowed courses to reopen this Wednesday, the courses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in Monterey County are under shutdown orders from government officials with the original order saying San Francisco courses would be closed until at least May 13.

While Southern California courses in Ventura County, Orange County and Riverside County have been given permission to reopen in recent days with social distancing guidelines, Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara County, and San Diego County still remain closed

With so many counties reversing their shutdown orders in the last week, we expect to see counties opening up play to all of California.

Even though most Northern California courses still remain closed, TPC Harding Park is set to host the rescheduled 102nd PGA Championship on Aug. 6-9.  There have been so many reports that the tournament would be moved from TPC Harding Park (pictured) that at one point the PGA of America felt compelled to release a statement to the contrary.

“Reports that the 2020 PGA Championship will be relocated from TPC Harding Park are inaccurate,” the statement read. “At this time, no such discussions have taken place. We continue to carefully monitor this rapidly evolving situation, in close coordination and communication with representatives from San Francisco. We will follow the guidance of state and city officials and public health authorities, keeping the safety and well-being of all involved as our highest priority.”

The PGA Tour plans to reopen its season, which has been shut down since the end of round one of the Players Championship on March 13, with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on June 11-14, and plans to play through the rest of the year, with no spectators for at least the first four tournaments. The same could happen to the PGA at TPC Harding Park.

We will continue to keep you posted on what counties and cities are opening up in California…

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