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Why not leave the flagstick in?
As courses have opened back up across the country, many are urging golfers to leave the flagstick in the hole when they reach the green. (In fact, some have substituted pool noodles for flagsticks.) If the ball hits the flagstick (or pool noodle), the chip or putt “goes in,” no penalty. You can help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by simply keeping flagsticks out of your hands.
Source: progolfnow.com, March 20, 2020