Our COVID-19 page provides the latest news and resources to help our Members and golf community plan, prepare, and respond to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Join the Michigan PGA on Friday, April 10 at 11am for a collaborative online discussion on current industry updates surrounding COVID-19.

Those attending will earn 2 MSR credits.


Bob Bales, PGA
President, Michigan PGA

Kevin Helm
Executive Director, Michigan PGA

Brian Jones, PGA
District 5 Director

John Lindert, PGA
PGA of America Secretary

Submit a question to the speakers no later than April 9 at 12pm. Click here to submit a question.

You MUST register in advance of the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Click here to register!

3/27/20 & 3/30/20
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Addresses Confusion Over Businesses Deemed ‘Critical’ During Stay Safe, Stay Home Order

View 3/30/20 video. (Go to 5 min 55 sec mark to view the golf segment.)

View the 3/27/30 video.  (Go to 8 min 30 sec mark to view the golf segment.)

Q: Are golf courses allowed to stay open?
Q: Are golf course employees considered critical infrastructure workers for the purposes of Executive Order 2020-21?

No.  View 2020-21 Executive Order FAQ.

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order
This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01AM-April 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM.  

Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19)
Executive Order 2020-21 FAQs
List of Essential Services as Designated by the Department of Homeland Security

Executive Order 2020-20Temporary restriction on the use of places of public accommodation.

The government directives are subject to change. Click here to access all of the executive orders.

Please consider contacting your own legal counsel with any questions or to get more clarity on how the executive order applies to your facility. 

Section/Chapter Event Cancellations & Postponements

3/22/20Michigan PGA Board of Directors MeetingCanceled
3/23/20Michigan PGA Spring Meeting & Education SeminarCanceledMore Info
4/13/20Eastern Chapter-Lyon Oaks GCCanceledMore Info
4/15/20Northern Chapter-Arcadia BluffsCanceledMore Info
4/20/20Eastern Chapter-The OrchardsCanceledMore Info
4/20/20Western Chapter-Kalamazoo CC & Match Play QualifierCanceledMore Info
4/21/20Senior Organization-Washtenaw Golf ClubPostponedMore Info
5/3/20PAT at Katke Golf Course-FSU, Big RapidsCanceledMore Info

Junior Golf Event Cancellations & Postponements

3/18/20PGA Jr. League Practices/MatchesPostponed More Info
4/5/20National Drive, Chip & Putt FinalsRescheduled 4/4/2021 More Info
5/2-10/31All Drive, Chip & Putt QualifiersCanceledMore Info

COVID-19 Resources

Information on the outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at the World, National and State websites listed below.


CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)-View the poster

MDHHS-Michigan Department of Heath & Human Services
COVID-19 Question Hotline
8am-5pm daily

State of Michigan
Executive Orders & Directives
Press Releases

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VA COVID-19 Guidance

WHO-World Health Organization


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for PGA Members
PGA of America Articles & Resources
PGA of America Golf Operations Tips & Recommendations


Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association
FAQ-Executive Order on Temporary Closures 

National Golf Course Owners Association
Coronavirus and Your Golf Business

Small Business Association of Michigan
Hotline for COVID-19 Questions or email for assistance
Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order Resources
What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabiliation Act, & COVID-19
What is a Gathering of 50 or More?

State of Michigan-Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Liquor Control Commission-Information on Licenses


MEDC-Michigan Economic Development Corporation
MEDC Press Releases
Resources for Michigan Businesses During COVID-19
Michigan Small Business Relief Program: Grants
Michigan Small Business Relief Program: Loans

PGA of America
PGA Disaster Relief Fund
Golf Relief and Assistance Fund
PGA Member Assistance ProgramProvides confidential, professional counseling and online services for a wide array of personal and well-being concerns. 

Small Business Administration
Paycheck Protection Program

Small Business Association of Michigan
Disaster Loan Assistance

State of Michigan-Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity
Unemployment Insurance for Employees
Unemployment Insurance for Employers

Social Media Groups

Golf Professional Natural Disaster Best Practices

PGA of America News

PGA of America Website News Articles


Through June 30, 2020, you can access the Specialized Professional Program (full content library) free of charge. If you previously enrolled in this program, library subscriptions are extended by 90 days to accommodate this free period.

Upcoming PGA Dues Procedures

In accordance with tax rules applicable to 501(c) 6 not-for-profit organizations, the PGA of America must collect annual dues. Please note that we will do so under revamped procedures that take into account the significant challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic for our Members and Sections.

PGA Professionals will now have two payment options:

  1. Pay full dues amount any time through July 31, 2020 without penalty or late fee.
  2. Pay Section dues amount only any time through July 31, 2020 without penalty or late fee. Pay National dues ($100), Life ($44), Liability ($12 and MAP ($6) by October 31, 2020 without penalty or late fee.

PGA Professionals who have not paid their Section dues by July 31, 2020 will be moved to non-active status.  

PGA Professionals can still pay Section, National, Life Liability and Member Assistance Program (MAP) by June 30, 2021 to “re-establish” Membership.  Given these extraordinary circumstances, the PGA of America will waive any late fee and re-establish membership in full.  

If the Section portion is paid by July 31, 2020, but the National, Life, Liability and MAP is not paid by October 31st, 2020, the PGA Professional will have to be moved to non-active status as of October 31, 2020.  However, the PGA Professional can still pay National, Life Liability and MAP by June 30, 2021 AND “re-establish” their Membership . The PGA of America will waive any late fee and re-establish membership in full.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the PGA Membership Department directly at 1-800-474-2776.

Playing Ability Test Qualifying Score:
  While PATs are currently not being conducted, individuals may temporarily submit verification of a handicap index of ten or less, to satisfy the PAT Qualifying Score in order to register as an Associate. This is commensurate with the current parameters of the Qualifying Score, listed in the chart on this page:

All individuals who enter in this manner will still need to eventually fully pass the Playing Ability Test to elect into PGA Membership.  

Playing Ability Test Validity: As PSI testing centers are currently closed, individuals who cannot test out of the PQ Level in order to register as an Associate will have their eight-year PAT validity extended until such time reasonable to test out and register.

Qualifying Level: Anyone who has a current open Qualifying Level will have six months added to their start date.  Anyone who has completed the Qualifying Level and has an open Qualifier Eligible, will have that date extended by six months. Individuals purchasing the Qualifying Level now will be given a nine (9) month window to complete.   

PGA Golf Management University Students-PGA Education Staff will work with the Universities directly regarding any needed accommodations within the Criteria and Standards.    

Candidate Election Guidelines: The requirement that a Candidate have a nomination and two seconds by August 1, 2020, in order to receive funding from the PGA of America, will be modified to September 1, 2020.  

June Core Committee Meetings and PGA Special Awards/Merchandiser of the Year Committee Meetings: The planned June Chicago Committee meetings will not be held in person.  Committee Chairs and Committee Members should plan on these meetings being held virtually, on the date scheduled.  

3/13/2020 Letter from PGA Officers to the Membership

MSR Cycle
–Extend the MSR cycle deadline from June 15, 2021 to June 15, 2022, for all Members.  This is due to a number of MSR activity opportunities – meetings, education, tournaments, player development – that could be postponed or canceled. Additionally, this relieves pressure on Sections and Members to conduct or take part in these activities during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

Acceptable Progress–Extend the Acceptable Progress deadlines of all PGA Associates by one year.  As travel to the PGA Education Center is currently curtailed, PGA Education staff is exploring online opportunities.  With uncertainty of testing sites remaining open, this provides flexibility with regard to Associates meeting their deadlines.

PGA Golf Management University Students–14 of our 18 GMU’s have currently cancelled classes and have moved to online delivery.  PGA Education Staff will work with the universities directly in regard to needed accommodations within the Criteria and Standards.

PGA Associates–We have cancelled pending seminars at Port St. Lucie through April.  81 individuals were impacted and we are refunding everyone’s registration fee and charging them back at a discounted rate.  The team is looking into online options that could be adopted in the future. Teaching & coaching and Executive Management is offered on a quarterly basis and therefore have not been impacted.

PGA of America Championships & Events

View the PGA of America Event Cancellations & Postponements here.