-Empire State Development released a guidance earlier this week that allows golfers with disabilities or those who own a personal cart to ride and play.

-The ESD spokeswoman emphasized that maintenance workers and security are the only employees allowed to be at the course. For that reason, golfers who want to ride but do not fall into one of the two aforementioned categories may not rent a cart at this time.

-The maximum fine for violating the state's social distancing protocol has been raised from $500 to $1,000.

-Individuals using a personal golf cart may not share it unless the other rider is a member of the same household.

-Other requirements for social distancing remain in effect for state golf courses, including advance payment of fees, no ball-washers or rakes, and no touching of the flagsticks. All pro shops, clubhouses, restaurants and other physical structures on a course must remain closed.


If golf is your game, Oneida County is home to 29 courses within 29 minutes of driving time. Lush fairways and velvet greens dot the landscape and invite golfers to perfect their swing or play a relaxed round with friends. 

The 29 in 29 range from PGA-level, nationally recognized courses to those geared toward relaxed play and fun.  Tee times are easy to schedule. Find the course that's right for you.