This is how Scotland’s new tier system will affect your local golf club

Scottish Golf has updated its member clubs with fresh guidance following the country’s move into a coronavirus safety tier system this week.

Unlike clubs south of the border, who will close completely under their new national lockdown measures, Scottish courses will remain open.

The UK Government has confirmed golf courses and driving ranges will be among the businesses and venues ordered to close in England when the country begins a month-long shutdown from November 5 to December 2.

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On the back of this, and with Scotland’s tier system in mind, the St Andrews based organisation contacted its clubs to advise on the current position up here.

The guidance is also printed in full on Scottish Golf’s website.

One of the main points relates to on-course activity and groups, with the governing body for the sport saying: “On-course golf activities can continue under our current phase 3 guidance, with up to four players from four different households allowed to participate together.

“There are no changes to access to toilet facilities, locker rooms or professional shops which can continue to be utilised provided all appropriate measures, such as use of face masks, increased sanitation are adhered to.”

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However, golfers are being encouraged to avoid travel to other areas, regardless of their level, unless essential.

In tier four, people are not permitted to drive outside their local authority area for exercise but can cross boundaries in the process of exercising, for example if a golf course straddles two local authority area boundaries.

In tier 3, you are permitted to travel around five miles for exercise. In tier two and tier one you can travel freely for exercise within your own local authority area.

Clubhouses and sports facilities which provide catering and bar services can operate providing they adhere to Scottish Government guidance appropriate to the protection level in which they are operating.

All clubs and tournament organisers can be kept updated via Scottish Golf’s Covid-19 webpage at

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