Golf clubs in Wales permitted to open

12 May 2020 COVID-19

Golfers will soon return to Celtic Manor's fairways

Golf clubs in Wales are permitted to open, but have been advised to hold off doing so until Monday 18 May.

A statement from Wales Golf read: "Following recent Welsh Government announcements and the revision of certain COVID-19 related restrictions golf clubs are permitted to open if they so wish.  It is entirely at each golf club’s discretion as to whether they choose to open and if so when they choose to do so.  We would advise that clubs that do wish to re-open do not do so immediately so as to ensure they have sufficient protocols in place to adhere to these guidelines, which we will be on hand to assist with. This would allow for a managed and co-ordinated reintroduction of golf across Wales from next Monday 18 May at the earliest."

The latest guidance from Welsh Government on leaving home to exercise can be accessed by clicking here.

For more information, head to the Wales Golf website.

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: "The Association welcomes the decision by Wales Golf, in line with Welsh Government guidance, to allow golf clubs to reopen as this will help secure the livelihoods of the many BIGGA members that work and live in Wales.

"The decision to include an advisory note suggesting a week-long period before golf courses open is well-considered. I am certain this will be welcomed by greenkeeping teams and other members of golf club staff in Wales as it will provide them with a short period of time to take measures to return the course to a playable condition."

Wales Golf staff are available for all clubs in Wales to assist with implementing regulations and guidelines and ensuring any return to play can be conducted safely. Anyone who requires assistance is advised to email office@walesgolf.org

The Wales Golf statement continues: "Wales Golf would urge all member clubs and golfers to comply with the regulations in a responsible manner. If clubs or members are found to be in breach of these guidelines then it could lead to Welsh Government introducing measures that force golf courses to close."

Author

Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Executive

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