Denton County adopts new guidelines for golf courses

April 14, 2020 – Denton County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved an amended executive order that will allow golfers on golf courses under strict guidelines.

Denton County Judge Andy Eads held a video conference call on Thursday, April 9, with the COO of PGA America, and roughly 30 golf course owners or general managers, where it was discussed and agreed if the courses reopened, they would establish the following rules for operation.  On April 11, 2020, the Texas Attorney General posted a letter clarifying the Governor’s Executive Order GA-14 as it relates to golf courses.

“We have worked with the PGA of America and our golf course owners to reach a mutual agreement on how we can allow golfers the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of exercise through recreational walking on golf courses while still upholding our efforts to flatten the curve during this pandemic,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.

“We appreciate our golf courses’ efforts over the years to work with many of our area non-profit organizations through numerous fundraisers as well as the contribution the industry provides for economic development in our region.”

The purpose of the rules is to outline steps that every Denton County golf course, employee, and golfer must follow to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

“From the beginning, our priority has been to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We ask all golfers to maintain the integrity of the game and to be examples of social distancing while on the golf course,” Judge Eads said. “It is vitally important that all adhere to the rules and regulations we have allowed. During this time, we do not want to have to police the golfers or golf courses. Our efforts to manage our response to the pandemic need to be on the county as a whole.”

Here are the links:

Rules for Denton County Golf Courses:

https://dentoncounty.gov/-/media/PDFs/Rules%20for%20Denton%20County%20Golf%20Courses%20Final%20041120%20vsj%20Exhibit%20A%20PDF.pdf

Executive Order and Disaster Declaration – April 14, 2020:

https://dentoncounty.gov/-/media/PDFs/2020-04-14%20Disaster%20Declaration%20COVID19%20COURT%20FINAL%20vPDFsj.pdf