The Putnam County Golf Course is closed until further notice to comply with Governor 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, 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 has deemed golf courses non-essential, which now requires them to close. It also cited boat launches and recreational marinas as non-essential.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said while public health comes first, they thought 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.