Wisconsin golf courses received some good news on Thursday as it was announced that they can reopen starting on April 24 with the provision that clubhouses, locker rooms, and pro shops remain closed.
The news came under Wisconsin governor Tony Evers "Safer at Home" order, which was extended until May 26. While the order was extended, it still gives golfers a chance to get out and play the sport they love.
That chance has been something Minnesotans haven't had the same opportunity to do this season as golf courses have remained closed under Gov. Tim Walz's current "stay at home" order.
However, when Walz extended the order on April 8, he deemed maintenance workers at courses as essential, opening the door for the possibility to open the courses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I, for one, think if we can make it so there is no health reason or the risk can be mitigated as well as we can, we should allow people to do as much as they can.” Walz said.
The call to open has grown throughout the state. As of Thursday night, a petition to allow golf in Minnesota had reached over 45,000 signatures. Wisconsin had a similar petition during its campaign to open the courses, which drew more than 66,000 signatures.
On Monday, Walz said he hopes to give Minnesota golfers an answer in "the very, very near future."
"My team is listening now," Walz said. "They know this is an issue, among so many others, that we keep asking. We hope to get you an answer as quick as possible.”