What the easing of lockdown measures means for golf

As the country gradually moves out of lockdown measures this week, Scottish Golf says it remains crucial clubs stay familiar with ongoing safety guidance.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 11:17 am
Our clubs and courses will again feel the benefit of a gradual easing of restrictions this week. Stock image by John Stewart

From April 2, the advice to stay at home will be replaced by guidance to stay local. Then, from Monday, April 5, other services, such as click and collect for our pro shops, can open again, subject to enhanced safety measures as part of a move to level four.

However, indoor hospitality and clubhouse facilities will remain closed, although takeaway services for consumption off the premises and appointments to retrieve equipment are permissible.

Scottish Golf has welcomed the revised levels but says it remains absolutely vital that golfers, and golf clubs, continue to play their part and respect the guidance they’ve been working under for months now.

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"In recent weeks we have received queries about some traditions of our game, such as removing the pin,” a statement this week said.

"The current public health guidance remains the same – these should be left in during play.

"We expect some of the measures introduced at the start of the pandemic to be with us for some time yet, and we will continue to keep clubs updated on these elements.

"For now, we would encourage all clubs and golfers to play their part in adhering to the latest guidelines so that everyone can continue to benefit from playing golf in an environment that is as risk-free as possible.

"We thank all clubs and golfers for their continued support during these challenging times.

"By continuing to adhere to the guidance in place, we are making progress out of lockdown, and these gradual steps back to something much closer to normal, are down to the collective effort of our whole community.”

The next stage of the country’s progression through the level system is on April 26 and will allow a further relaxation on the guidance for clubs.

Clubhouse facilities will be able to open again with indoor hospitality allowed until 8pm, although no alcohol is to be served.

Alcohol can, though, be served outdoors until 10pm.

Pro shops and retails shops will be able to reopen and all coaching is permitted.

This guidance is indicative and is subject to confirmation closer to the time.