Yale Golf Course Winter 2021 update

January 4, 2021

Yale Golf Course enthusiasts,

Let me begin by saying, thank you! While 2020 had unforeseen challenges, new obstacles to overcome, and placed us in unknown situations the staff remained steadfast and unwavering in their determination to open the golf course safely for many to enjoy. The resources extended to make this possible was a commitment by the University and the Athletic Department. As we navigate through the upcoming winter months, we are confident we have established a solid foundation for the 2021 golf season through our preparation, foresight and planning.

Highlights from the 2020 eight-week season included:

  • Welcoming back Yale faculty, staff, alumni and Yale Golf Course supporters
  • Servicing over 4,000 rounds played - Opening to Yale students at a no-cost rate
  • Extending reduced rates to all paying categories
  • No additional mandatory COVID closures due to any exposure

Our commitment to keep everyone safe and healthy was the priority. Creating an outdoor avenue for all to enjoy the Yale Golf Course during these times followed closely behind.

Since the season closure in November, our staff has been hard at work preparing a plan for the 2021 season and beyond. While several key areas regarding operations remain unknown, I am able to relay tentative information for our upcoming golf season. As you can imagine, this may change at any time due to campus, community and/or state health and safety guidelines.

Operations for the 2021 will be broken down into two sessions: 1) Spring and 2) Summer/Fall. The first session will commence on our opening date (TBD) until Sunday, June 27th. The second session will begin Tuesday, June 29th and operate through our closure date (TBD).

Session 1 will operate with very similar guidelines and restrictions as our eight-week 2020 season, which will include the following:

  • Practice facility closure
  • All bookings and payments for rounds of golf made online
  • Clubhouse closure (no access)
  • Daily Fee operation platform

The start of play will revert to hole #1 as the dam project was completed in late November. Additionally, 15/30 prepaid golf round passes will be made available for purchase. More detailed information will be sent out in the upcoming months regarding each session of the golf season.

Personally, I made it an effort to meet as many Yale Golf Course supporters and listen to each of your thoughts and ideas. I am grateful for this time you extended me through our talks in the parking lot, letters, emails, and phone calls. As an effort to enhance lines of communication we have added a Yale Golf Course Twitter page. Please follow us at @GolfAtYale. It has been a wonderful entry into the “Bulldog Family” and I look forward to initiating plans for the growth and long-term improvement of our world-renowned golf course.

We hope you and your families have had a joyful and safe holiday season and we look forward to welcoming you back to Yale Golf Course in 2021. Happy New Year!


Peter R. Palacios Jr.

General Manager

In collaboration with the State of Connecticut, Yale University and the Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) guidelines, Yale will follow the outlined policies below. All golfers are expected to follow these policies; any violation may jeopardize the play of other members and the ability for the Yale Golf Course to remain open.

The Yale Golf Course staff reserves the right to immediately remove any player from the property for a violation of any of the rules or executive orders from the State of Connecticut.

Please stay home if you are experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, fever, or other symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Social Distancing

Everyone must maintain social distance of at least six feet at all times over the entire property including parking lots and playing areas. Respect of social distancing applies not only to fellow golfers but also to golf course employees. Anyone not following social distancing policies will be asked to leave.

Facial Coverings

  • All golfers must have a facial covering in their possession at all times.
  • Facial coverings are not required per the CSGA while playing golf if social distancing can be maintained.
  • Facial coverings are required while on the property and not engaged in golf related activities (e.g. checking in for tee time, in the parking lot, etc.).
  • Facial coverings are required while driving and riding in a cart.
  • Facial coverings must cover both the nose and mouth.

Eligibility of Golfers

  • Only residents of the State of Connecticut will be permitted to register for tee times. This is a Yale University policy. Out-of-state golfers will not be permitted.
  • Verification of Connecticut residence (driver’s license or other proof of residence) will be requested at check-in; anyone not a resident will be asked to leave the course without a refund.
  • Connecticut residents are not permitted to bring out-of-state guests.
  • If a golfer does not have an active Yale Golf Course account please use the account setup form.
  • Students who are designated as “in-residence” are permitted to schedule tee times during student hours.


  • Tee times are mandatory; no walk-on play will be permitted.
  • Golfers can reserve tee time reservations online 48 hours prior to their desired tee time. Payment is due at the time of booking. We accept Visa, Master Card, and AMEX.
  • Cancellations can occur up to 24 hours prior to a tee time for a full refund; cancellations that occur within 24 hours of a tee time will not be refunded.
  • All golfers should check in for their tee time no more than 10 minutes prior to their time.
  • Carts are available.  Cart availability may be limited.
  • The Yale Golf Course staff will thoroughly clean and sanitize all carts after use.
  • Per the State of Connecticut licensing guidelines, alcohol is not permitted to be brought on the course.
  • Golf clubs are not available to rent.

Course Information

  • Hours: TBD
  • All golfers must be off the property thirty minutes prior to dusk. Gates will be locked fifteen minutes after dusk. 
  • After players have checked in for their tee time they must not congregate and must maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Players must depart from the course immediately following their round. Gathering in the parking lot is not permitted.
  • Bathrooms will be available at Widdy’s Snack Bar on the 9th hole.
  • Trash receptacles have been removed from the course. Players must remove their own trash after their round and leave nothing in the golf carts.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at various locations.
  • Foam inserts have been placed in every cup to assist with golf ball removal. Do not touch or remove the flagsticks.
  • There will be no accessories on the course (trash bins, ball washers, water jugs/coolers, rakes, etc.).

The following areas are CLOSED:

  • The clubhouse, inclusive of locker rooms. There is no storage available for golf bags.
  • The pro shop - golfers should bring tees, balls and any other items necessary for their round.
  • The driving range and practice putting greens.