Coronavirus: Golf courses in Ireland ordered to close

Coronavirus And Golf

All golf courses in Ireland are to go back into lockdown with immediate effect.

The news follows talks held between the Golfing Union of Ireland and Irish Ladies Golf Union with Sport Ireland to determined whether or not Irish courses are impacted by the new Level Five restrictions announced on Monday.

In a statement, the GUI and ILGU said: "Following intensive engagement over the past 48 hours, we have been informed this afternoon by Sport Ireland that, very regrettably golf clubs must close under the new Level 5 restrictions.

• Trump to build second course in Aberdeen

• This Masters video will give you goosebumps

"Essential course maintenance is permitted to continue under Level 5. We have sought clarity on the issue as to whether ranges/practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities. We will update clubs on this as soon as possible."

The new measures came into force at midnight today and will remain in place for six weeks.

Ireland follows Wales in announcing the temporary closure of its golf courses.

Listen!

DRESS CODES, TRUMP'S 2ND COURSE & BAD HABITS! PLUS, A BLETHER WITH MARTIN LAIRD!

In announcing the tougher restrictions, the Irish government said that it was escalating the country's fight against the coronavirus for a number of reasons.

A statement on the government website says: "This action is based on current public health advice, the deteriorating situation with the disease across the country and the government’s objectives to support families by keeping schools and childcare facilities open, maintaining non-COVID health services and protecting the vulnerable."

• Cameraman red-faced after on-air blunder

• All courses in Wales ordered to close this week

It was initially unclear whether or not golf courses would from the new measures as the Irish government guidelines included an exemption for people to exercise within a 5km radius of their homes, with penalties enforced for movement outwith 5km for non-essential purposes. 

With no clarity on whether or not golf was defined within the guidelines as 'exercise', many were left to wonder whether or not the sport would be obligated to follow the new measures.

Today's statement from the GUI and ILGU has confirmed the news that most Irish golfers were dreading: they are.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
THE MOST DIFFICULT LIES IN GOLF | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
AM I A GOOD ENOUGH GOLFER TO USE A SET OF BLADES???
blades
play button
PICKING OUR FAVOURITE UTILITY IRON - Callaway X Forged UT vs TaylorMade SIM UDI vs Titleist U•500
Utility Irons
play button
HOW TO GAIN 20 YARDS OFF THE TEE | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Popular English course announces permanent closure
European Tour and PGA Tour announce new "strategic alliance"
PING Europe is under new leadership
Historic Scots golf club suffers ‘heartbreaking’ vandalism
Gordon Sherry shares pro regrets (and has advice for today's young players)

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
How to make a consistent backswing
Watch
play button
A more upright posture for more consistency
Watch
play button
Stop hooking the ball with a weaker grip
Watch
play button
A lesson for cack-handed golfers
Watch
See all videos right arrow