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COVID-19 – Colorado PGA Information

COVID-19 - Colorado PGA Information

Friday, March 5, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Tri-County Health Department’s (TCHD) Business Re-opening Task Force will provide an update on the latest information impacting golf course operations including public health orders, recreation guidance, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) COVID-19 Dial framework, what we expect to see in the coming weeks and months, and how to stay connected. This meeting is for golf course owners, operators and staff. You are encouraged to pass this information on to anyone who may benefit from attending. If you have any questions or concerns prior to connecting on Friday, March 5, 2021, please reach out to the Business Re-opening Task Force at

Register for the Meeting here.

Wednesday, May 20 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Back2Golf
    • Joining are:
      • Colorado PGA President, Ben Welsh, PGA
      • Chief Membership Officer of the PGA, John Easterbrook, PGA
      • District 9 Director, Ron Rawls, PGA – Head Professional at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, Idaho
      • Incoming District 9 Director, Jared Barnes, PGA – Head Professional at Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Cedar City, Utah


Watch the Webinar here.

Wednesday, May 13 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Golf Operations
    • Joining is Jim Hajek, Colorado PGA Vice President and Head Professional at Fossil Trace


Watch the Webinar here.

Wednesday, May 6. The agenda is as follows:

  • Teaching and Coaching Chat
    • Co-hosting are Josh Miller, PGA, Chair of the Education Committee and GOLFTEC Facilities Manager, and Holly Champion, PGA, Colorado PGA Player Development Director
      • Joining are Colorado Teacher of the Year Award Winners:
        • Ed Oldham, PGA, Director of Instruction at The Ranch Country Club
        • Dan Sniffin, PGA, Director of Instruction at Omni Interlocken
        • Nate Mead, PGA, Head Professional at Vail Golf Club


Watch the Webinar here.

Wednesday, April 29. The agenda is as follows:

  • World Handicap System
    • Joining is Aaron Guereca, Colorado Golf Association Manager of Club and Facility Services


Watch the Webinar recording.

Wednesday, April 22. The agenda is as follows:

  • PGA Jr. League
    • Joining is Anthony Vitale, PGA – PGA Jr. League Regional Manager
  • JGAC Update
  • Open Forum


Watch the Webinar recording.

Wednesday, April 15, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. The agenda is as follows:


Watch the Webinar recording.

Guest Speakers from InTANDEM Human Resources – Monica Denler, CEO and President, and Stacy Jensen, HR Director
View the presentation.
Watch the Webinar recording.
View the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Covid-19 Leadership Checklist – Mitigating Team Stress. 

View the links discussed during the Webinar on the COVID-19 Legislative Updates page.

Note 1: Clarification on 501(c)3 and other non-profits: A nonprofit organization generally may participate in the Payment Protection Program only if it:

  • was in existence on March 1, 2020,
  • is either (a) an organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) or (b) a war veterans’ organization exempt under section 501(c)(19) of the Code, and
  • has 500 or fewer full and/or part-time employees (there are exceptions to this cap). (Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act)


Note 2: Gig workers and freelancers: Typically, self-employed people, freelancers and contractors can’t apply for unemployment. This bill creates a new, temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through the end of this year to help people who lose work as a direct result of the public health emergency. (What’s Inside the Senate $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package)

President Ben Welsh, PGA, and Eddie Ainsworth, PGA
Watch the Webinar recording.

Colorado’s Safer-At-Home Order

Colorado Safer at Home Order
Public Health Order 20-28 — See Page 13 — Updated May 15, 2020

PGA of America Back2Golf Three-Phased Approach

The Allied Golf Organizations, in alignment with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), have developed a comprehensive plan that allows golf to be played responsibly while observing recommended social distancing guidelines.

General Information – Introduced April 29, 2020
Back2Golf Guidelines for Opening Up Golf – April 29, 2020
Back2Golf Operations Playbook Version 5.0 – November 20, 2020

PGA of America’s Golf Emergency Relief Fund

PGA of America’s Golf Emergency Relief Fund

  • In response to the severe challenges impacting golf communities nationwide, the Golf Emergency Relief Fund has been established to provide short-term financial assistance to workers in the golf industry who are the backbone of our sport and face significant financial hardship, including those suffering as a result of COVID-19.
  • Applications will be live as early as Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 2 p.m. ET.

Preparing for COVID-19 in the Workplace

As each day goes by dealing with the COVID-19, more and more clubs and courses are being asked to shut down entirely, shut down departments, or limit hours based on numbers of members or guests. The PGA of America has assembled resources that you may find valuable. Click here.

Tri-County Health Department provides Guidance for Golf Courses – April 14, 2020

Check on the Status of Your Economic Impact Payment
Colorado – COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios & Benefits Available
South Dakota – COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios & Benefits Available
Wyoming – CARES Act and Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Leadership Checklist – Mitigating Team Stress
“Pass It On” Newsletter – Provides links to useful community resources.
Colorado Governor Polis clarifies if golf courses can remain open or must closeThe Denver Post, 4/3/2020

Colorado’s Safer-At-Home Order

Colorado Safer at Home Order — Public Health Order 20-28, Updated May 15, 2020

Food Bank Assistance

Feeding Colorado is a system of five (5) major food banks and agency partners distributing food to combat hunger and food insecurity throughout the state. Feeding Colorado and the food banks are all part of the Feeding America network. For example, Community Food Share distributes food not only to individuals and families directly, but also to 40 partner agencies throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties. While a food banks might not be perfectly local to someone, its partner agencies listed on their sites are more local.

Many food banks and delivery outlets could use additional volunteers and any financial support is greatly appreciated. On all the food bank sites there is information on where food is distributed, what days and times are available and other contact information.

Feeding Colorado (Organization of the 5 food banks)

Food Bank of the Rockies (Covers the bulk of Colorado with their partner agencies)
10700 E. 45th Avenue
Denver, CO 80239

Community Food Share
605 S. Taylor Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027
Boulder and Broomfield Counties

Weld Food Bank
1108 H Street
Greeley, CO 80631

Food Bank of Larimer County
5706 Wright Dr.
Loveland, CO 80538

Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
2605 Preamble Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80915