Golf can be played from Wednesday 13 May.
Under new government rules released today (11 May), the following groupings will be permitted upon resumption of play:
Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times.
Government stipulates: “ Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to: not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household; continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household; good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces; and those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance. People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish.
“You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports, except with members of your own household. People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there, because this does not involve contact with people outside your household.”
Further clarification is being sought from government relating to the opening of professional shops and driving ranges as well as the carrying out of club fitting and coaching sessions.
The following organisations have come together to help golf in the UK during the COVID-19 crisis and, through the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, to work with Government to promote safe golf:
The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf.
In additional the new update:
All championship and performance events scheduled to take place up until week commencing 27th July have been postponed. Postpones events can be viewed here.
England Golf’s AGM and national participation events scheduled for the spring have been postponed. New working practices for staff have been adopted to ensure we remain fully operational and available to assist counties, clubs and golfers in the weeks and months ahead. Methods to contact England Gold during this time can be viewed here.
The full statement can be viewed here.
Where courses have not yet been rated, they will start to prepare provisional ratings, using existing measurement certificates and scorecards. Mike Greener is leading on the collection of any outstanding information and may be in touch with you over the coming weeks to fill in any gaps that we may have. Where courses are issued a provisional rating these must take priority, once the Normal Course rating schedule is resumed.
Courses that have already been rated will be issued with a slope and course rating certificate, we had hoped these would go out in April but with the current situation this will also be delayed.
The launch date for WHS in England and the other CONGU nations remains at 2nd November 2020. The lack of scores being returned this year, while not being ideal does not have any impact on the move as we will be using records back to January 2018 for the transition.
EG had been due to send Course Rating information to clubs week commencing 13th April, however due to the current situation we have been unable to print and send the Slope Certificates.
To help educate those who had sessions cancelled, EG have split the presentation in to 4 parts and recorded them with a voiceover, so that they can watch them in their own time following this we will host a couple of Q&A sessions on a webinar. EG hope this will go out W/C 27th April.
A detailed document on the WHS and the effect of COVID-19 is available HERE.