Putnam County Executive
April 10, 2020
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Putnam County Golf Course will be closed Saturday, April 11 until further notice to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order on non-essential businesses.
Until now, the county golf course in Mahopac, like public courses in New York State Parks and in Westchester County, have remained open with significant restrictions added to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
But new guidance issued by the Empire State Development Corp. the economic development arm of the state, on Thursday deemed golf courses non-essential, which now requires them to close. It also cited boat launches and recreational marinas as non-essential.
“Public health always comes first,” Odell said. “We have said all along that we would follow the state’s lead on this We thought, as the state and other counties did until now, that golfers could enjoy one of the few recreational activities where it was easy to practice social distancing.”
At the Putnam County Golf Course, the food vendors, driving range and pro shop were closed to the public, golfers were required to prepay for reservations and, to limit contact, no walk-ons were permitted. Items that golfers would touch – rakes, flags, benches, etc. – were removed from the course. And golfers were required to practice social distancing.
“These are difficult times, but safety comes first,” said Michael McCall, general manager of the Putnam County Golf Course. “We don’t want to put any golfers at risk. When this pandemic passes and we open again, we want them all to come back healthy and ready to play.”
The golf course will remain closed until further orders from New York State.
Visit the Putnam County Golf Course website, www.putnamcountygc.com, for the latest information.