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England golf services and events in respect of the covid-19 outbreak

Updated 26/03/2020

Key decisions

  • Golf clubs and golf courses in England must now close.  Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency. 

  • Playing of golf does not constitute one of the government’s permissible forms of daily exercise. There should be no exceptions, no special cases as golf takes its share of the responsibility in looking out for the health and wellbeing of all citizens.

  • For security and essential maintenance purposes, green-keeping staff can still attend work. All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on social distancing. 

  • All championship and performance events have been postponed until 7 June. 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.

Clubhouses and Golf Courses

Golf clubs and golf courses in England must now close. Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency. 

For security and essential maintenance purposes, green-keeping staff can still attend work. All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on social distancing. 

Course Rating

England Golf have made the decision that they will not be expecting ratings to take place in the foreseeable future, if counties wish to rate in small teams this is fine but England Golf are not putting any pressure on raters or Counties. They will keep an eye on the situation and it may be that we have to write off 2020 in regards to Course Rating.

 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. 


WHS

There is no plan to delay the Launch at this stage. England Golf are still working on the technology platform and will continue to do so over the coming months.

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