Golf courses reopening in Scotland a step closer


The country’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has been outlining the way Scotland could come out of coronavirus lockdown – but there is still no confirmation for golf clubs

Golfers in Scotland are still no wiser about the exact date of their return to the course – although the road to clubs re-opening has been confirmed.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the route-map to ease the country out of lockdown would, subject to the continued suppression of the virus, start from May 28.

A document published on the Scottish Government website – ‘Scotland’s route map through and out of this crisis’ – confirmed that in Phase 1 “we are planning to allow unrestricted outdoors exercise adhering to social distancing measures and non-contract outdoor activities in the local area – such as golf, hiking, canoeing, outdoor swimming, angling – consistent with the wider rules and guidance applicable to any activity in this phase”.

On the issue of dates, the route-map only states: “During Phase 1 a number of changes to the rules would be made – potentially over more than one review cycle (after May 28, the next review cycle concluded on June 18).”

And the document also appears to warn against travelling distances, saying people would be “permitted to travel short distances for outdoor exercise and leisure but advice to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible”.

A Scottish Golf statement said: “Following positive discussions with the Scottish Government, Sport Scotland and the governing bodies for tennis and bowls, Scottish Golf welcomes today’s news that our golfing community will benefit from the Scottish Government’s revised guidance for exercise.

“Guidance documents containing detail on preparing facilities for the return of golf will be issued to all affiliated clubs as soon as practically possible. This will take into account details from the road map published by the Scottish Government today.”

Golf courses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have already been given the go ahead to reopen.

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