-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, you can play a different course every day for a month in Oneida County. Lush fairways and velvet greens dot the landscape. Twenty-nine courses with another ten close by. Perfect your swing or play a perfect round with a partner or a group of friends.