Resources & Updated Information on COVID-19
- Press Release from Governor Carney – Phase 2 Reopening (Starts 6/15)
- Press Release from Governor Carney – Nineteenth Modification (5/26)
- Press Release from Governor Carney – Seventeenth Modification (5/14)
- Press Release from Governor Carney – Fifteenth Modification (5/7)
- Press Release from Governor Carney – Thirteenth Modification (4/25)
- Press Release from Governor Carney – Tenth Modification (4/6)
- Press Release from Governor Carney – Fourth Modification (3/22)
Rules & Handicapping:
The DSGA shares in your concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic here in Delaware. The health and safety of all DSGA members, volunteers and staff are of the highest priority. Upon resumption of tournament administration, many of our normal practices will change in order to protect the safety of everyone on-site at an event. They follow the Back2Golf guidelines, as well as Delaware’s phased reopening process.
Please Note: Information is subject to change on an event-by-event basis or as restrictions are modified.
- The DSGA will work with host facilities to ensure that proper sanitizing practices are in place for unavoidable touchpoints such as golf carts, practice golf balls and bathrooms.
- Local Rules will be in place to limit or restrict additional touchpoints such as flagsticks and bunker rakes.
- Field sizes for individual Championships may be modified so that each player will have his or her own golf cart.
- Social distancing measures will be in place for all individuals on-site at an event and there will be no gatherings of any kind (e.g. on-site registration, printed scoreboards of any kind and lunch buffets).
- DSGA staff and volunteers will adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times and we ask that others do the same while around these individuals.
- To limit the total number of individuals on-site at an event:
- It is requested that spectators be limited as much as possible. All spectators are asked to maintain strict social distancing guidelines at all times including while in or around the clubhouse and on the course. Spectators are not permitted in or around practice areas and are not permitted to ride in carts with players.
- Policies for late entry fees and fees for withdrawing from an event will be modified to provide more flexibility for players.
- If a player is experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms within 7 days of the event start date, he or she is asked to withdraw from that event: coughing or shortness of breath, or two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. A full refund will be issued.
- Be patient. Allow more time than usual for things such as warming up on the driving range, use of the practice putting green, scoring and awards announcements.
- Wash your hands whenever possible but because this is not possible frequently on the golf course, bring your own hand sanitizer and use it regularly.
- Face masks are recommended but not required.
- Provide your own drinks and snacks. This is subject to change on an event-by-event basis. More information for each respective event will be communicated by email.
- Respect all direction provided by DSGA staff/volunteers and/or host club staff regarding safety measures in place.
- Adhere to all policies in place by the DSGA and host club. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and rejection of future entries.
- Social distancing measures will be in place in all practice areas, which may result in limited availability of space.
- Players must be courteous and limit their time on practice areas to allow everyone the opportunity to warm up. Restrictions on practice area use may be enforced and will be made on a course-by-course basis.
- There will be only one group on the first tee at a time and players should maintain 6 feet of distance between one another. Players in the following group should refrain from approaching the tee until the prior group has left the teeing area.
- Tournament paperwork will be available in a digital format 2-3 prior to any round (subject to change based on event). Paper copies will be available by request only.
- The official starter will not have any physical contact with players, there will not be any distribution of tees, ball markers, etc.
- Players will not have to exchange scorecards, every player in the group will be listed on every scorecard.
- The rules sheet will have a phone number for players to request a ruling or any on-course assistance.
- Upon completion of the round, players should report directly to the designated scoring area and maintain a 6 foot distance.
- Players will read off hole-by-holes scores for every player on their scorecard, the official scorer will read back scores for each player and will require a verbal certification from each player and one other player from the group to attest their score.
- Once all scores are certified and players have left the scoring area, all scores are considered final.
Local Rules for each event will be published online in advance of each event for players to review.
Course by course details on flagsticks, bunkers, etc. will be included.
- In the event of a weather delay, all players are asked to maintain social distancing measures.
- Unless otherwise indicated, all players should evacuate to their cars and await for further communication via email, text message or a DSGA staff member/volunteer in the parking lot.
- If there is a threat of severe weather, additional time (more than normal) will be provided so that players can get to a safe place.
- Sometimes the weather is unpredictable and can change instantly. In some cases, players will have to use their best judgement on protecting themselves from all dangers.
- There will not be a formal ceremony to announce winners or those that have won prizes.
- If there is a tie for any prize, other than the overall winner of a championship, the USGA’s recommended scorecard play-off procedure will be used: last nine holes, last six holes, last three holes, then final hole. If this process does not result in a winner, the prize will be split.
- All winners will be announced by email and results will be posted to the DSGA’s website.
- Redemption of gift certificates will be handled on a course-by-course basis, but players should be prepared to redeem by phone or at a later date in order to maintain safety precautions.