Report "reveals" when English golf courses will re-open

Course Closed Sign

Golf courses in England will re-open before the end of March. So says the Sunday Times.

The newspaper has reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce an easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on February 22.

According to the Sunday Times, golf courses will be amongst the first wave of facilities to re-open following schools, which are expected to go back on March 8.

Initially, it is expected that play will be restricted to two-balls only.

• LET announces record-breaking schedule

• Golfers fined for defying COVID restrictions

• Tour pro explains weak Pebble Beach field

“A second easing of social distancing rules is expected at the end of next month with the resumption of outdoor sports – such as golf and tennis – two people from different households,” said the newspaper’s report.

“Ministers have drawn up a four-speed plan for restarting the economy, with all shops, pubs and restaurants open anywhere between early May and August.

“The whole country will move together through a series of national tiers – which may be different from those in operation last year – with reviews every fortnight.”

Golf courses in England have been closed since the most recent coronavirus mitigations measures came into effect on January 4. This is in spite of intense lobbying by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Group, which recently presented scientific evidence to support claims that playing golf can be done safely.

It shared a document entitled “COVID-19 Secure Golf in the United Kingdom 2021” with key ministers and decision-makers in Westminster.

• McIlroy blasts R&A and USGA over rules changes

• R&A unveils plans for new-look Glasgow facility

The paper showcases the steps taken by those in the industry to ensure players’ and staff safety by meeting the various COVID protocols, as well as the commitment to continue this and be able to recognise and adapt to the changing circumstances linked to the virus.

It also cites academic and scientific research that clearly demonstrate the link between physical activity and physical and mental wellbeing, including supporting the immune system and helping fight disease.

Golf courses in Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are also currently closed, with play only allowed in Scotland under certain conditions.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
FAIRWAY BUNKERS MADE EASY | GOLF EXPLAINED
Fairway bunkers
play button
4 simple tips for hitting your fairway woods
cameron adam
play button
WHICH ONE OF THESE IS MY FAVOURITE DRIVER OF 2021?
Drivers
play button
A GOLF SHOE THAT IS BOUND TO DIVIDE OPINION - FootJoy HyperFlex review
FootJoy
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Tiger Crash: Woods will not face criminal charges
Royal Aberdeen to host Scottish Seniors
Annika: I'm just glad that he's alive
Tiger Woods "awake and responsive" following emergency surgery
"Tiger Woods is lucky to be alive" says first responder

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
Get your alignment correct for more consistency
Watch
play button
Complete your shoulder turn
Watch
play button
Get your swing on a better plane
Watch
play button
Increase your shoulder turn and improve your golf
Callaway
See all videos right arrow