"Absolute shambles!" - Furious golfers react to course closures

Golfer Facemask

Amateur golfers from across the UK have condemned the decision by the Westminster government to close golf courses in England when new COVID-19 mitigation measures come into effect tomorrow.

Earlier today, England Golf and the All-Party Parliamentary Group For Golf conceded defeat in their attempts to convince Prime Minister Boris Johnson to exempt the sport from the new restrictions, which are expected to last until at least December 2.

Consequently, golf clubs, courses and driving ranges are being instructed to comply with the measures when they come into effect at midnight.

• Catriona Matthew tests positive for COVID-19

• "I took up golf after the Taliban tried to kill me"

England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson said that he was making the announcement "with a feeling of deep regret" and insisted that the organisation had "respectfully, but vigorously challenged government to argue the case for golf courses to remain open".

However, those efforts were to no avail, with all golf facilities in England now required to close for the first time since May 22, when the original spring lockdown ended.



Naturally, the decision to close the country's golf facilities has not been well received.

• Golf pays tribute to Sir Sean Connery

• Bryson launches biggest drive to date

Sky Sports Golf host and former European Tour player Nick Dougherty had strongly advocated for courses to remain open. After learning of today's news, he tweeted: "Thank you to all whom spoke up and supported the good that golf can do for mental and physical health at a time when that it is so important to so many. Don’t be deterred as it will still be important in a months time so let’s keep the light shining on the game."

Others were much less measured in their responses. Here's a snapshot of the reaction from social media...

Of course, in the interests of balance, it is important to point out that the replies were not unanimously negative...

The latest lockdown - your thoughts?

Do you agree with the decision to close golf facilities in England? Or do you think it was the wrong decision? Let us know your thoughts in our Comments section below.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

PROMOTION Golf Lottery tees off to help drive nationwide charities
PROMOTION Want tickets for the 151st Open? Here's how to get them...
Pro leaps to defence of DP World Tour over LIV Golf
Reports: LIV golfers in Scottish Open court battle
Caddie tweets criticism of DP World Tour

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Swing your arms more freely
play button
Don’t change your swing, change your address position
play button
Maintaining a strong dynamic loft at impact
play button
Denis Pugh’s stepping-stone to better golf
See all videos right arrow