Friday April 3rd, 2020

As we complete another week of the Safer at Home Order I wanted to provide updates for our members.
  • Dr. Soldat and Dr. Koch have provided us with a timely and informative Article on Minimal Maintenance.  I challenge everyone to review.  Clear concise ideas to consider as we head into the growing season.  The end of article contains contact info for both of our WI experts.
  • WGCSA strongly supports the efforts of the UW new one and two year short courses for Turfgrass Management.  Check out information and links on the WGCSA.com Home Page
  • Instead of kicking off our first day of the PAR 4 Research Online Auction today we have moved it back 30 days to April 24th thru Sunday May 3rd.  The reason is to have a better chance of having golf being played as the auction is being conducted.  The value of our golf packages when golf is open will be more than if we ran it now with no idea when the packages could be used.
  • We have received many communications from our members, vendors, golf course owners, and even general golfers.  Some are angry, some are just frustrated, but all are hoping we can play golf soon. 
  • The pandemic continues to worsen, just how bad it will get here in WI will dictate our industry and when we can get back to normal.  Please continue to do your part.

Previous Communications

Tuesday March 31st, 2020

The WGCSA continues to support the WSGA, WI PGA, and GCOW as information and communications to open WI Golf Courses for play.  Rob Jansen, Exec. Dir. of the WSGA has established direct communications on behalf of the WI Golf Industry.  He has been working hard in sharing our requests with the decision makers in WI.  

See the latest letter sent to Gov Evers.

We have also shared the US Map showing which states are allowing play to the Gov. Office.  

Yesterday the GCSAA released the Minimum Maintenance Guideline

during the weekly Covid-19  Town Hall Meeting.  We know our members have some questions on what is and is not considered as essential maintenance.   This should provide some basic guidelines that you can expand for your particular facility.

Thursday March 26, 2020

The WGCSA and its leaders wish all members, families, staff, friends and facilities continued support during this pandemic. We wanted to provide you with updates to our efforts to find clarification regrading Governor Evers “Safer at Home Order” issued on March 24th. Yesterday Gov. Evers released a FAQ publication. This clarified some of the ambiguity of the original order as it clearly stated golf is Non Essential and therefore as of yesterday golf in WI is closed. The WGCSA asks that you (and your facility and golfers) to fully adhere to this order.

We have heard from many of our members and non-members who reside in Western and Northern WI who are members of other GCSAA affiliated chapters. The WGCSA Board of Directors has been monitoring the current situation and wanted to share the following position of the WGCSA at this time.

The WGCSA is part of and supports the WI Allied Golf Associations (WSGA, WPGA,GCOW, WGCSA) Collectively we are continuing communication to have Governor Evers review the most recent order asking that the game of golf can be considered “an outdoor activity” by following strict adherence to the CDC Safe Distancing guidelines on WI Golf Courses. This effort is ongoing. Governor Evers office and his staff are willing to learn about our request and have also asked for supporting documentation and plans on how “safe distancing golf” can be played. As of today, we can report that we are gathering supporting information and that we will be able to get this information and have communications with Governor Evers staff this week. We will continue to update our members when we learn more.

Please note: It is clear that WI Golf Facilities (and playing the game of golf) are currently considered Non Essential and are to be closed. The WGCSA asks that you (and your facility and golfers) to fully adhere to this order.

Governor Evers Order also allows for all WI Golf Courses and Facilities to be maintained as we fall into this portion of the Order.

Minimum Basic Operations. For the purposes of this Order, Minimum Basic Operations include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:

a. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business's inventory, preserve the condition of the business's physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, including where these functions are outsourced to other entities.

b. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.

The definition is broad and can be confusing as Superintendents try to apply the directive to their facility and course. The WGCSA recommends you work to define what your facilities decision makers want you to do during this shutdown. Please follow all CDC Distancing Guidelines and protect yourself and your staff. Every facility and every Superintendents responsibility are unique. Keep your facilities safe and maintained and your course and turfgrass healthy. Security and monitoring of your property are also fully allowed.

GCSAA has created a series of publications and data to help Superintendents during this pandemic. Go to the COVID-19 Pandemic Resources Page to learn more.

If you feel the WGCSA can be of assistance or you have further questions, please call Brett Grams at 920-643-4888 or email at bgrams@wgcsa.com

In closing, please take care of your family and your loved ones. That should always be and remains THE priority. IF we all do our part to stop COVID-19 the sooner our lives and game of golf will return to normal.

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