Golf is the one sport that can be socially distanced online booking turn up at tee time head straight on course. Even 2 3 or 4 balls can easily social distance on the course. It's also a great way for older people to get exercise who might not want to risk walking the streets or parks that are getting more and more crowded every day . Would also stop the vandalism that is happening all over the country on courses which will cost already struggling courses a fortune to fix. As the home of golf showing the world how to start back up properly is only right

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Exercise mental health and every other problem associated with not getting out in the fresh air

by Tweedster on May 08, 2020 at 12:25PM

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  • Posted by deky1boy May 08, 2020 at 12:33

    Agreed that there is no reason to suspend golf any further. Clubs could limit to allowing only members to play so no cash interactions etc for guests.
  • Posted by GeorgeMac May 08, 2020 at 12:44

    This will allow posh folk to relax a bit. Maybe golf courses should be open for the general public to roam? Rather than to allow elite clubs to shut out society. This proposal is devisive.
  • Posted by Jacqui167 May 08, 2020 at 12:45

    Golfers can easily social distance and it provides much needed exercise outside in the fresh air.
  • Posted by Sauchie May 08, 2020 at 12:47

    It is long overdue for courses to be reopened. It is very easy to social distance on the course.
  • Posted by Adoctor May 08, 2020 at 12:52

    I think golf should be re-opening now,golf clubs need it,members need it especially the ones who need golf for their mental well being which is very important.
    After 7 weeks We are all now very aware of social distancing and awareness, golfers are ruled by rules making us the ideal activity to lead the way forward for others.
    On social media we are made out to be selfish in wanting this to happen quickly but I think because we are governed by our club rules,The R&A and Scottish Golf Union we are the most logical activity to do so,even the logistics suggested for the restart is a pathway for other activities.
    Golfers are used to policing each other,we expect and allow to be policed by others and if we can’t adhere to guidelines there’s not much hope for other activities.
    Let us be the leaders to be respected.
  • Posted by Lanarkshiregolfer May 08, 2020 at 12:57

    Wholeheartedly agree with the idea of opening courses, can be done safely and social distance protocols adhered to. Why are members of public allowed to wander across and damage courses when members are not allowed to play and protect them.
    Playing golf is sometimes the only means some people have of exercising both their physical and mental health.
  • Posted by jesrees1 May 08, 2020 at 12:58

    Good idea, will probably need to add guidance on using hand sanitiser when handling flags and other common items and wear masks when on the tie and in close proximity but I'm sure most golfers would be happy to do those kind of things it if allowed courses to re-open.
  • Posted by Steveroper May 08, 2020 at 13:05

    Agree that golf is an obvious option for early relaxation from lockdown. I would limit tee times to 2 ball to make distancing easier and prevent build up of groups waiting to play, also space out tee times a little more. Turn up get changed at your car, play and get some exercise then straight home.
  • Posted by Macca2011 May 08, 2020 at 13:14

    I walk 3.6 miles locally almost every day around Townhill loch in Dunfermline. On Wednesday as I walked around I must have past maybe 50 couples and families out walking, which is fantastic to see. However, sadly at the far end of the Loch is Canmore golf club and the two par 4 holes (in beautiful condition) were sadly bereft of a single human being. The maximum the space I was looking at would have had was 24 people playing golf 1/2 the amount I counted going around the Loch. It is sad that this sport which could easily be worked within social distancing measures. C’mon Nicola let us enjoy the sport, keep fit, keep our brains working and out tongues wagging...

    Neil McK
  • Posted by AlanE May 08, 2020 at 19:19

    There is no valid reason for golf clubs not to reopen. Playing only, no access to the bar etc.
    The R&A have published detailed guidelines that adhere to social distancing and hygiene 'rules' currently in place. Indeed, my golf club had adopted all of these prior to the lockdown. The only question i would raise is the mileage radius golfers should be allowed to travel, but the majority do live local to their club.
    Let's get this done in the mode of being "grown up and sensible" about all this.
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