Golf Courses Remain Closed in Pennsylvania

COVID-19 affecting golf business & local charities

Jeff Hathhorn
April 01, 2020 - 10:35 am
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – It is the time of year when we normally start emerging from our houses, not quarantined in them.  Of the businesses that normally emerge with it, golf.

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While you currently can golf in Ohio and West Virginia, golf courses in Pennsylvania are part of the list of businesses that must remain closed.

I’m not debating whether or not that is a good decision, rather pointing out it is another industry suffering from the global pandemic.

The WestPenn Golf Association estimates the sport brings in billions of dollars to the Pennsylvania economy and supports our communities in other ways.

Many, if not most, of the charities either based in our area, or having chapters in our area, count on the revenue from golf outings.  Amounts raised can vary from hundreds, to thousands, to tens of thousands, to high-end, hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“I know there are bigger things in the world, obviously everybody is worried about family and friend’s health and we certainly worry about that as well,” Manor Valley golf course owner Vince DeAugustine said on the Fan Golf Show.  “They are doing their best to raise money and take time out of their day to hold golf events.  It looks more and more every day that these events are going to be delayed.  No they are going to be cancelled.”

The reason they likely would be cancelled is a matter of time and space. 

Many courses are already booked months in advance and while owners could have some middays available, either they run into already scheduled leagues or the undesirability of trying to get people to free up a random Tuesday or Wednesday in their week for a charity golf event.

Now we not only get into affecting the charity, but affecting the health of the golf course business itself.

“At our place, we just added a banquet facility and we’ve done everything we possibly could to make it an attraction for customers and members,” DeAugustine said. 

“But I don’t think anybody knows what the economic fallout will be from this whole situation.”

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