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Golf in Scotland is set to emerge from its coronavirus-enforced shutdown in Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s relaxation of lockdown restrictions – although the exact date for a resumption in play has yet to be confirmed.

As reported earlier this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced a ‘route map’ designed to ease of restrictions that were introduced on March 23 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

The plan comprises four ‘phases’, the first of which is scheduled to begin from Thursday, May 28.

Phase one includes plans for some outdoor activities, including golf, to resume – potentially, but not categorically, “within days” of May 28. The First Minister has pledged to provide more details on a specific timetable for all areas of interest and business over the coming days.

The country’s “stay at home” rules will remain in place until the first phase of easing begins.

In a statement, Scottish Golf said:  “Following positive discussions with the Scottish Government, sportscotland and the governing bodies for tennis and bowls, Scottish Golf welcomes today’s news that our golfing community will benefit from the Scottish Government’s revised guidance for exercise. 

“Guidance documents containing detail on preparing facilities for the return of golf will be issued to all affiliated clubs as soon as practically possible. This will take into account details from the road map published by the Scottish Government today.

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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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