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Wisconsin Golf Courses Closed Until April 24, 2020

Wisconsin Golf Courses Closed Until April 24, 2020

Governor Evers Order FAQ Addresses Golf Courses

By Brian Weis

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued a Safer at Home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective at 8:00am on Wednesday March 25th. This order will remain in effect until 8:00am on Friday, April 24th or until a superseding order is issued.

After the order, golf courses and golfers presseed for clarification. Tuesday afternoon (3/24) Ever's issued a A Safer at Home FAQ, specifically stating golf courses were non essential business and to be closed.

Page 4 of the Safer at Home FAQ states:
"Will golf courses remain open?
Golf courses are not considered essential businesses. Staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order."

Jeff Schwister, Executive Director of The Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW), shared that only four states have been forced to closed golf courses. In addition, he shared that eleven states have similar stay at home orders but deemed golf as safe and are allowed to remain open.

In Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker's amended their Stay Home Order Tuesday to allow courses to reopen under certain guidelines. Golf courses must operate as a walking only facility. All food and beverage service is to remain closed.

Schwister is working with allied golf associations and their legal counsels to amend the Wisconsin Safer at Home Order.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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