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Golf rules changed for 2020 by USGA and COVID19 at PCC

The USGA had a number of rule changes that became in effect at the beginning of this year. Most of the rules were to simplify and improve the pace of play.
Golf rounds at Pawtucket were always fast. Sub 3 hour rounds were not unusual. Anything more than 3 and 1/2 hours was considered unacceptable. Unfortunately, the PGA has allowed the pace of play to approach 5 hours. When golfers first played in Scotland, they walked at a good pace and there was not nearly the amount of time spent on the greens.
I enjoy walking although my legs have difficulty. For the time being, leaving flags in the hole and having cups raised has been an interesting change. These 2 changes have definitely decreased the time spent putting.

RIGA Issues new rules for Rhode Island Golf Courses – only RI Residents allowed and no carts

Out of state residents are not allowed to play golf in Rhode Island.
All food and beverage must be take-out only.
Groups of 5 or more must not congregate anywhere on the property before or after playing according to the Governors executive order.
New Tee Time Policy must be 15 minutes between groups.
Please communicate with your members or customers they must stay in their car until 5 minutes before tee time check-in and go directly to the first tee.
Practice putting green, driving range, and chipping areas must be closed.
No golf cart usage permitted.
Personal push carts are allowed only if brought by the golfer; club push carts are not allowed.
Groups of players are restricted to no more than 4 players at one time.
All golfers must use their own golf clubs. Sharing golf clubs or rental golf clubs is not allowed.
Parking lots must be monitored by the club to ensure that tailgating does not happen.
Flag sticks must remain in the hole. It is recommended that hole liners be raised, or pool noodles be added to the stick so picking a ball out of the hole doesn’t occur.
Bunker rakes must be removed, and ball washers must be removed or covered.
Retail stores/shops should not be open, in-person retail sales are not allowed.
Locker rooms, lounge areas, spas, must be closed.
Food is available for take-out only.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Guidance for Golf Courses
April 8, 2020 — This is a notification from the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (DBR) with respect to COVID-19. Our Department has received several inquiries from golf courses, which we would like to clarify and provide guidance for your operation.