New York state has changed its guidance on golf courses and will now allow golfers to return to the links with additional public safety precautions in place. Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell says the County Golf Course, which was closed on April 11th to comply with an Executive Order on non-essential businesses has now reopened. Odell says golf is one of the few recreational activities where it’s easy to maintain social distancing, and being outdoors in nature is great for mental health. Under the new rules, no golf carts will be allowed at the Putnam County Golf Course and golfers must walk. The food vendors, driving range and pro shop are closed to the public. Golfers are required to prepay for reservations online, no walk-ons are permitted. Items that golfers would touch have been removed from the course. Social distancing rules will be strictly enforced.