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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today confirmed that the country is moving to Phase 1 of its four-step route map for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions – paving the way for golf to resume.

From tomorrow, courses around the country will be allowed to open for play for the first time since the measures were introduced on March 23.

Important measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will, however, be in place. More detailed guidance on what those measures can be found here.

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The First Minister announced the easing of restrictions as a result of a “sustained and unmistakable” downward trend in the spread of the virus over a number of week, although she sounded a note of caution, saying “we have limited room for manoeuvre” and adding that people should continue to stay at home as much as possible.

“The virus is still out there,” she said. “Lockdown is being modified slightly, but it is not over.”

The decision to reopen Scottish courses is a welcome boost to the country’s golfers, who have had to watch on enviously as courses in England, Wales and Ireland have resumed play in recent weeks.

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In a statement, Scottish Golf welcomed the news, saying: “We know that this confirmation will be well received by all of our members and will have a positive impact on the physical and mental health of golfers across Scotland in the days and weeks ahead. 

“We hope everyone enjoys returning to the fairways and would encourage all golfers to familiarise themselves with the current guidance to ensure we can all return to playing the game safely.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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