After watching golfers in England, Ireland and Wales get back out on to the course over the past week, Scotland are finally set to follow suit with a date of 29th May mooted for the reopening of clubs as a part of the next stage of lockdown easing.
Following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's statement on Thursday, Scottish Golf released a statement to their website confirming that clubs can begin to prepare for a return on the 29th, subject to final confirmation the day before.
The statement reads as follows:
Following today’s announcement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Golf is pleased to confirm that golf clubs in Scotland can begin to prepare for a return to golf on 29 May 2020 at the earliest, subject to final confirmation by the First Minister by way of an update currently planned for 28 May.
Scottish Golf has worked with Scottish Government, Active Scotland, sportscotland, Health Protection Scotland, The PGA and key industry partners at every opportunity to produce a clear guide for all golf clubs and golfers in Scotland.
It should be noted that a final decision will be made by the First Minister on 28 May and if any changes to the current procedures are required to align with updates provided by Scottish Government then these will be shared with you as soon as they are known to ensure re-opening plans can be updated or adjusted accordingly.
Playing golf following extension to exercise in Scotland
Once golf has resumed, the following groupings will be permitted to play Golf in Scotland:
Two Balls – may be from two households whilst maintaining physical distancing
Groups up to 4 four players permitted at the discretion of the golf club (ensuring that only two households are represented in the group)
Scottish Golf would like to highlight that the Scottish Government continues to monitor its response to the COVID-19 outbreak closely and have not ruled out the re-introduction of restrictions which could see golf paused again if these guidelines are not being followed.
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