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Tours Continue To Juggle Dates

Golf Industry Insider - Fri, 2020-04-03 11:09
The LPGA Tour has informed its players that four of its next five events on the schedule have been rescheduled for later this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Women’s Open, previously scheduled for June 4-7, has been postponed to Dec. 10-13 in Houston. The Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich., won […]
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End Of Week Notes: More On Corey Conners, That Personal Touch While Social Distancing And More

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-04-02 13:40
I barely noticed it was April Fools’ Day on Wednesday. Either people are forgetting what day it is after being cooped up due to the coronavirus pandemic, or they’re just not in the mood for such pranks these days … The R&A issued a statement Thursday that denied reports of an impending announcement of the […]
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NGCOA Provides Helpful Links To Government Programs For Businesses/Individuals

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-04-02 13:21
The National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada is providing helpful links to federal and provincial programs to aid businesses and individual through the current coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the links on the NGCOA website.
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Link: London Police Disperse Dozens Of Golfers Sneaking In A Round At Closed Course

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-04-02 13:12
Police in London, Ont, were called to break up a group of about 25 people playing the Fanshawe Golf Course, which was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. CTV News London has more here.
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Link: Alberta Course Starts Season With A Long List Of New Rules

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2020-04-02 13:02
Despite concerns and restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Paradise Valley Golf Course in Medicine Hat, Alta., opened on Sunday, but golfers had to follow a long list of rules. The Medicine Hat News has more here.
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GCSAA dives into HR ripples from Covid-19 pandemic

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2020-04-01 18:11
Another week, another round of governors ordering residents to shelter in place and hunker down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Another round, too, of course closures and, for some superintendents and directors across the country, difficult decisions to cut back hours for crew members or even let people go.

“As the crisis continues,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said Monday during the association’s second weekly town hall webinar, “many of you will face more uncertainty.” Evans quoted the legendary basketball coach John Wooden when he told viewers that confidence comes from being prepared. He did not mention the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who was most famous for the axiom that “the only constant is change.”

Evans said that 39 states have ordered all non-essential workers to stay at home — that number is now higher after the governors of Florida and Georgia followed suit Wednesday — and that 26 states are still allowing both play and maintenance, though, “in some cases, new information is coming in hourly.”

The second GCSAA town hall webinar opened with advocacy updates from Chava McKell, Bob Helland, and Michael Lee, all a part of the association’s government affairs team, but focused far more on employment issues and human relations.

Kerri Reisdorff, who concentrates on the labor and employment arena in the exclusive representation of management for Ogletree Deakins in Kansas City, dived into a variety of new legislation that will affect golf courses — along with most other businesses — at least the rest of this year. Among the highlights:

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, in effect from April 1 through Dec. 31, will reimburse private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reisdorff said that employers with fewer than 50 are not exempt from the law but the Labor Department might release the requirement to provide paid school closure leave if a business is able to show that doing so would jeopardize its ability to continue as a going concern.
  • All employers with less than 500 employees, and all employees, are also covered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Qualifying events include a state or local quarantine order, a self-quarantine at the advice of a healthcare provider, caring for an individual subject to quarantine/isolation order, caring for a child whose school or day care has been closed, when experiencing a “substantially similar condition” as defined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Fulltime employees receive 80 hours, while part-time employees receive the number of hours they work on average over two weeks. Intermittent leave can be allowed but is not required.
  • Many employers are opting for furloughs over RIF (reduction-in-force, or the temporary or permanent separation of employment) just because of future uncertainties. Be aware of the differences between the two, including exempt and non-exempt employees and state mini-WARN laws, state laws related to payment of accrued paid time off, benefit eligibility, and unemployment eligibility.
  • Don’t make promises of eligibility for unemployment benefits. States determine that, not employers.
  • While answering questions from viewers, Reisdorff affirmed that, yes, employers can temperature screen employees and can send home employees who have Covid-19 symptoms. They can also also send home employees who have been in close contact with potential exposed to Covid-19, and they can but should not require a doctor’s note before allowing employers to go home or return to work (because offices are so overwhelmed right now and will continue to be overwhelmed). …
  • Also, you may not release the name of any employee with Covid-19 or person who has come into contact with those with Covid-19. You may release where they were in the workspace and when they were there, to aid those determining if they came into contact with them.

Many clubs have already started weekly or even daily meetings superintendents. If yours has not, “You need to be aware of what the most up-to-date information is in your area,” Lee said. “Compliance will be important in the coming weeks.”

“To say there’s more to come is an understatement,” Helland said. “What we see in Washington will not stop until this crisis is finished.”

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Voices: Corey Conners On Two Glorious Weeks In 2019 That Won’t Happen This Year

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-04-01 14:02
What a difference a year makes. Corey Conners will not be able to defend his title with the Valero Texas Open being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. His first PGA Tour win sent him on to last year’s Masters, which has been postponed in 2020. Click Play below as Conners describes the whirlwind of […]
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Voices: Michigan Coach Jan Dowling On Shortened Seasons, Hall Of Fame Mentors And Return Of The Big Break

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-04-01 12:16
Jan Dowling of Bradford, Ont., now the women’s head coach at Michigan, discusses how she told her collegiate team their season was over, how Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Herb Page played an important role in her coaching career and the return of The Big Break, in which Dowling was a participant on the […]
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Link: Golf Courses Follow Expert Advice, But Believe They Could Be Healthy Outlets

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-04-01 12:01
Golf courses are listening to medical experts and many are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many believe they could be a healthy outlet if proper social distance precautions are taken. Katerina Georgieva has more here for CBC News.
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Link: Retiring GM Reflects On 44-Year Career

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-04-01 11:52
Don McFarlane, who is retiring as general manager of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club in Red Deer, Alta., reflects on his 44-year career in the golf industry and chats about what’s ahead for him. Byron Hackett has more here for the Red Deer Advocate.
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Link: Yorkton Sets 2020 Golf Fees – For Now

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2020-04-01 11:45
Council in Yorkton, Sask, have set the 2020 fees for Deer Park Golf Course realizing that if the season is shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic, pro-rated season passes or reduced rates may be necessary. Calvin Daniels has more here for Yorkton This Week.
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City Announcement Stacks The Deck Against The RBC Canadian Open Being Played

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-03-31 21:24
An announcement from the City of Toronto on Tuesday may not have ended any hope of the RBC Canadian Open being played June 11-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, but it has certainly made it seem that all that is left is the official announcement that it is being cancelled. The City of […]
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Rain Bird Golf expands partnership with SiteOne

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2020-03-31 14:52
Rain Bird’s Golf Division has expanded its partnership with SiteOne Landscape Supply, which will now represent the manufacturer in Ohio and eastern Kentucky. SiteOne will sell Rain Bird golf inventory from three locations in that region: Cleveland, Columbus and Louisville. “Rain Bird is excited to begin selling golf products through SiteOne in the Ohio and eastern Kentucky region,” said Jeffrey Lawson, Rain Bird Golf’s national sales manager. “SiteOne is a strong organization and is a good business match for Rain Bird Golf. We look forward to growing sales with our new partner.” SiteOne Landscape Supply is the nation's largest supplier of wholesale irrigation, outdoor lighting, nursery, landscape supplies, fertilizers, turf protection products, grass seed, turf care equipment and golf course accessories for green industry professionals in the United States and Canada.    “Our experience in offering innovative and highly efficient irrigation systems partnered with SiteOne’s knowledgeable staff will give our customers the best support for their golf course needs,” Lawson said. “We look forward to a long-lasting partnership.” ]]>
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Teeing Up Tweets: Red Deer Golf and Country Club Says Thanks To Retiring Don McFarlane

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-03-31 14:27
The Red Deer Golf and Country Club has announced the retirement of general manager Don McFarlane after 44 years in the golf industry, the past 14 at the Red Deer club. He was the 1996 PGA of Alberta Golf Professional of the Year. Congratulations Don McFarlane on your retirement. Thank you for everything you have […]
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Link: Calgary Courses Unclear On Whether They’ll Get The Go-Ahead On Opening Day

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-03-31 12:10
Calgary golf courses are still a few weeks away from opening, but unsure whether that will happen due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they say the game will look much different than usual if they get the green light. Glenn Campbell has more here for CTV News.
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Link: Peterborough Clubs Ponder Opening Day Whenever That Comes

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-03-31 12:04
It’s too early to estimate the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, but clubs around Peterborough, Ont., are hoping to get the season started sooner rather than later. Mike Davies has more here for the Peterborough Examiner.
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Link: Is It An Ace With A Raised Cup?

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-03-31 11:56
  Raised cups are becoming familiar sight on golf courses that are open during the coronavirus pandemic, but should a hole in one count if its hits. Josh Sens has a few thoughts on that subject for GOLF.
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Link: Soo Course Is New Home To College Program

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2020-03-31 11:52
Crimson Ridge Golf Club in Sault Ste Marie, Ont., has become home to the relaunched Sault College golf program. SaultOnline has more here.
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Teeing Up Tweets: TPC Toronto At Osprey Valley Contributes To Community In Difficult Times

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2020-03-30 20:45
With golf in a holding pattern due to the coronavirus pandemic, TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont., has stepped to the plate in its community with a $100,000 donation to Caledon Community Services. Golf will play an important role in our recovery when the time is right. Until then, we’re focused on making […]
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Weekend Leftovers: Golf On People’s Minds, Creative Scheduling, Helping Food Banks And More

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2020-03-30 16:01
The good news for the golf industry in this coronavirus pandemic, if there is any good news, is that people are definitely thinking about the game if weekend social media is any indication. A bunch of golf posts centred around one that requested “If you are a golf person please join the challenge of posting […]
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