I believe golf courses should be open as this is a very safe environment and can easily adapt to the 2 metre rule

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For mental health

by Susanr on May 05, 2020 at 03:28PM

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  • Posted by asmiller May 05, 2020 at 15:36

    Golf re-opening is ideal for exercise and recreation. Easy to adopt safe distancing of 2 metres. Restrict to two players. Clubhouses remain shut for now. Sensible use of car journeys and parking.
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  • Posted by allan May 05, 2020 at 15:39

    I think we all need to be careful, it’s not just about safe distancing, it’s about what we touch. Golf as an example requires the flag pole to be moved, next person comes along and touches the same pole. As long as we can safely limit or clean the “contact” points then I agree. All sports with no audience and can be done safely should be considered
  • Posted by ScottMillar May 05, 2020 at 15:40

    Absolutely agree.

    On a wider point the science seems to be quite weak to support any outdoor transmission if you take reasonable steps to protect yourself
  • Posted by Cowden May 05, 2020 at 15:43

    agreed, groups of no more than 2 and 15 mins between tee off.
  • Posted by jamesmiller963 May 05, 2020 at 15:43

    Absolutely, there is no reason Golf courses can not reopen. It is a sport where you can quite safely keep 2 meters apart and Scottish golf has come up with ways to adapt the game. For example no raking of bunkers and always putting with the flag in.
    It gives golfers a rest bite from the lockdown and tries to keep clubs afloat. I already know many who will struggle to stay solvent due to this crisis. This can all be avoided by opening them back up again.
    Golf is a crucial part of the economy of Scotland, we can not let clubs fail due to this crisis.
  • Posted by Gamble May 05, 2020 at 15:44

    Golf was observing social distancing at course just prior to lockdown
  • Posted by ClaireRQ May 05, 2020 at 15:44

    Agree, this is a good idea.
  • Posted by alandexy May 05, 2020 at 15:45

    Golf is exercise can be played with groups os 2. . And is east to keep social distancing.
  • Posted by Ian May 05, 2020 at 15:48

    I support the reopening of golf with restrictions already advised by governing bodies. When I look at the control in supermarkets and other establishments where the public are allowed I see a denser populated area than you will have on a golf course. The clubs will administer the control required to ensure compliance. This will provide an enormous benefit to the mainly rural communities in respect of exercise both physically and mentally and ensure continuance of business.
  • Posted by Alistair May 05, 2020 at 15:48

    I believe that golf courses can be open and if it was only two players at any one time I see no issues in obeying the two metre rule . In stead of t times being every ten minutes you could make it every twenty minutes thus restricting the numbers on the golf course and in the car parks .
    Clubhouses to remain shut .
    It is important that people get exercise , a golf course is a safe environment to do this .

    Alistair Mackay
  • Posted by rbeattie May 05, 2020 at 15:58

    As per PGA recently issued guidelines for a return to golf, there is no reason why golf cannot be played so long as clubhouses remain closed until government allow these to re open, and golfers adhere to the social distancing guidelines . Golf also offers outdoor exercise to all sections of the public.
  • Posted by JR1256 May 05, 2020 at 16:05

    Opening golf courses would provide a huge benefit for physical and mental health. The open space makes physical distancing easy and our clubs have already implemented changes to minimise contact points and therefore minimise risk. e.g. modifying holes to make it easy to remove the ball without touching the flag pole, removing ball washers, benches, etc.
  • Posted by StAndrean May 05, 2020 at 16:25

    Golf played in twosomes with social distancing and no touching flags etc has been the norm in Australia for several weeks now. 10 min intervals and 3 hour rounds with no golf carts. Ideal form of safe exercise
  • Posted by Meerykat May 05, 2020 at 17:07

    Being a golfer, I agree with the desire to open courses with clear and strict guidelines. However, being a nurse trained in infection control, I have noticed that many golfers seem to think that merely raising the putting cup or using some method of clearing the ball from the cup is preventing the possibility of infection. This is not so - a carrier of COVID 19 who, if playing golf, will presumably have no symptoms. He or she handles their golf ball which is then putted into the cup; this leaves contamination on the cup base/perimeter; this contamination is then passed to other peoples’ golf balls, which they have putted in. So, the putting -in aspect remains a big concern. If golf reopens, there should be no putting in to prevent cross contamination.
  • Posted by GolfDuck May 05, 2020 at 18:18

    Please reopen the Golf Courses. It is an exercise that is fully compliant with Govt guidelines - physical distancing and daily exercise.

    Why is it Ok for our golf courses to be used by walkers and joggers but golfers are not allowed to use the golf course.
  • Posted by smv123 May 06, 2020 at 18:38

    R and A guidelines for safe golf covers all the issues concerning anxieties over touching flagsticks, rakes etc.
    Golf is by far the easiest sport to stick to all the rules concerning safety with the presence of Coronavirus.
    It has been shown that golf is good for both physical and mental well-being which should be of high importance at this time.
    Scottish golf courses are of great importance to Scottish tourism when it begins to reappear. Let’s ensure that our courses are all still financially viable at that point by allowing the current income providers ie. the members to play now.
  • Posted by IrvingBulloch May 07, 2020 at 11:54

    In general golf can quite easily be played still conforming to social distancing and if clubhouse remain closed , then there should be almost no risk of infection by virus , and ease some of the Lockdown restriction with little risk of raising R factor.
  • Posted by puffer12 May 07, 2020 at 14:49

    Any return to golf should be for no more than 2 players at any one time, with tee off time intervals of 10 minutes and strictly controlled by the starter.
  • Posted by beejay23 May 08, 2020 at 08:42

    I could not agree more. Open up golf courses ASAP.
  • Posted by simonnorris May 08, 2020 at 13:49

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